Chemistry

Chemistry Faculty & Staff

Chemistry faculty & staff

Dan Burgard, Jeff Grinstead, Bob Peaslee, Steven Neshyba,
Stacia Rink, Amy Odegard, Holly Jones, Eric Scharrer,
Jeff Root, Jo Crane, Luc Boisvert, John Hanson, Amanda Mifflin,
Mike Hottott, Tim Hoyt (Wiz)

About the Department

The Chemistry Department offers a broad-based curriculum designed to meet the needs of a variety of students, from those taking only one or two chemistry courses in order to broaden their liberal arts background to those majoring in chemistry in preparation for a career in the chemical sciences. The department is approved by the American Chemical Society and offers degrees that are appropriate for students interested in careers in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, engineering, science teaching, or any other area where a scientific background would be valuable. Students are encouraged to consult with members of the department as they plan their undergraduate programs and to discuss career options in the sciences.

The expertise of the chemistry faculty covers all five major chemical sub-disciplines: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. In addition to core courses in these major areas, faculty members teach upper-level courses on a variety of special topics including atmospheric chemistry, computational chemistry, materials chemistry, and natural products chemistry. Faculty members are also engaged in a wide range of research projects and all students seeking the BS degree participate in this research and produce a thesis based on their work.

In addition to being introduced to modern chemical knowledge and the role of chemistry in society, students in chemistry courses learn to think analytically and logically. As students move through upper-level courses, they develop the ability to critically assess work in the field and the attitude necessary to cope with the demands of independent inquiry. Students enrolled in chemistry courses also learn how to

  1. rationalize and predict chemical behavior based on chemical principles;
  2. apply laboratory methods to investigate chemical phenomena and synthesize compounds in a safe and environmentally responsible manner;
  3. operate modern analytical instruments and interpret the data obtained from these instruments;
  4. use computers for collection and analysis of chemical data and the modeling and visualization of chemical structures and properties;
  5. communicate effectively in both written and oral forms typical of the chemical literature and professional conferences;
  6. search and use the chemical literature.

Announcements

TIM HOYT: WALTER LOWRIE SUSTAINED SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT (8/26/14)

The Walter Lowrie Sustained Service Award is given to a faculty member in recognition of his or her sustained service across the university. Each year the Faculty Senate receives nominations and then, in closed session, selects one recipient. The Lowrie Award was established in 2004 to honor Walter Lowrie, professor emeritus of history and a leader in the creation of the Faculty Bylaws and founder in 1965 of the Faculty Senate.  Congratulations to Tim Hoyt, this year's recipient of the Walter Lowrie Sustained Service Award.


DAN BURGARD: THOMAS A. DAVIS TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT (8/26/14)

In 2003 the dean's teaching awards were named to honor Tom Davis, who served as dean of the university from 1973 to 1994. Faculty members in the ranks of instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor are eligible for the award. Congratulations to Dan Burgard, one of four faculty members who received a Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award this year.


 

 

STEVEN NESHYBA AWARDED $34,000 NSF GRANT SUPPLEMENT (8/28/14)

The Environmental Chemical Sciences Program of the National Science Foundation has recommended funding of a supplementary request submitted by Prof. Neshyba. The award of $34,000 will support a month-long field research campaign in the Chilean Andes to study black carbon in Andean glaciers.  Read the details here.

 

LIZ MEUCCI WINS NSF (NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION) SCHOLAR AWARD TO GO TO PRESTIGIOUS GREEN CHEMISTRY CONFERENCE (SUMMER 2014)

Liz was one of the lucky few undergraduate students to present a research poster at the 18th Annual American Chemical Society Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Bethesda, Maryland in June of 2014.  Liz was one of only five undergraduate students awarded a National Science Scholar Award 2014 to pay for her expenses for the conference.

 

MEGAN GESSEL HAS JOINED THE CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT! (SUMMER 2014)

Megan earned a B.A. in chemistry at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. At Whitman she completed two undergraduate research projects in toxicology and environmental chemistry. She earned a PhD. in Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied protein structure and aggregation related to Alzheimer’s disease using ion mobility mass spectrometry.  She received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Research Award for postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she used MALDI imaging mass spectrometry to study biochemical changes to the extracellular matrix in kidney disease. Megan is particularly interested in biological applications of mass spectrometry, as well as the development of new protocols and technology for challenging analytes.  Overall, she is interested in using various mass spectrometry technologies, in combination with other techniques to study molecular structure, biomolecular interactions, and biochemical pathways.