Chemistry

Chemistry Faculty & Staff

Top Row:  Heather  Gilliland, Jo Crane, Jeff Root, Stacia Rink, Dan Burgard, Amy Odegard, Travis  Harris
Middle  Row:  Bob Peaslee, Holly Jones, Amanda  Mifflin,  Eric  Scharrer, Jeff Grinstead, Megan Gessel
Bottom Row:  Steven Neshyba, Luc Boisvert, John Hanson, Alia Clark

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, organic synthesis, and surface 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 completing a chemistry degree are able 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

PLEASE WELCOME OUR TWO NEW FACULTY MEMBERS FOR THE 2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR, IL HUNG LEE AND JILL MCCOURT.

Il (Eli) comes to us from UC Berkeley where he did his postdoctoral work on molecular understanding of protein mediated lipid membrane remodeling processes using biophysical reconstitution.  Eli got his BS from KAIST, South Korea with major in Chemistry and minor in Mathematical sciences.  He received his PhD from UC Berkeley.  His current research interest includes understanding lipid membrane-protein interaction in biological phenomena with the concept of thermodynamics and kinetics. Eli looks forward to explore the world of biophysical chemistry with young minded scientists at UPS.

Jill comes to us from the University of Georgia where she finished a postdoc in biology education research, and Pensacola State College where she taught both biology and chemistry.  Prior to this, Jill got her BS in chemistry from Linfield College and her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame.  Jill is looking forward to teaching chemistry full-time and is very excited to be back living in the Pacific Northwest.

AMANDA MIFFLIN IS PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND AWARDED TENURE!

Please join us in congratulating Professor Mifflin on this momentous achievement.

 

THREE CHEMISTRY PROFESSORS RECEIVE FUNDING FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION!

Amanda Mifflin’s grant proposal, RUI: Influence of surface interactions of organic ligand-iron oxide/water interfaces on carbon and iron cycling studied by second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation spectroscopies, was funded for a three-year period in the amount of $209,663. This funding will allow Amanda and her students to continue surface spectroscopy studies on an important biogeochemical system.

Eric Scharrer’s grant proposal, RUI: Investigations of the cybotactic nematic phase in bent-core liquid crystals, was funded for a three year period in the amount of $124, 245. This funding will allow Eric and his students to continue their studies of the unique phase behavior of oxadiazole containing compounds.

Steven Neshyba has received a two year NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions collaborative grant award.  Titled Computational guided inquiry for incorporating polar research into undergraduate curricula.  This

$300,000 grant Is aimed at developing teaching modules that incorporate polar research into a broad range of undergraduate courses, including Chemistry, Physics, Atmospheric Sciences, and Economics through the use of computational guided inquiry and classroom flipping.  Also involved in the project are Professor of Economics Lea Fortmann,  Dr. Penny Rowe, of the NorthWest Research Association, and School of Education Dean and Professor Amy Ryken

MEGAN GESSEL AND DAN BURGARD HAVE RECEIVED A $350,000 NSF MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION GRANT

The Chemistry department is receiving funds to purchase a new Quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program.  The $350,000 award was received through a grant written by Megan Gessel and Dan Burgard to support research and advanced lab courses at the Puget Sound.

DAN BURGARD AWARDED TWO-YEAR $120K GRANT FROM THE NIH

Project Title: Using Sewers to Understand the Legalized Retail Sales Effects on Marijuana Consumption.
The proposed research aims to address the question of how the retail sales of recreational marijuana affect its consumption and usage trends within a community.  The research will involve measuring the concentration in sewers of the principal metabolite of the main active ingredient of marijuana. To Read More See The News and Events Page.