Academic History

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  • B.S., Physics and Chemistry (double major), Missouri State University, 1998

Courses Taught

  • CHE 108:  Forensic Science:  Real Life CSI
  • CHE 121:  Chemical Principles I
  • CHE 122:  Chemical Principles II
  • CHE 161:  Accelerated General Chemistry
  • CHE 202:  Analytical Chemistry
  • CHE 323:  Physical Chemistry I
  • CHE 324:  Physical Chemistry II
  • CHE 339:  Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHE/BMB 380:  Internship (occasional)
  • CHE 390:  Individual Project (occasional)
  • CHE 485:  Chemical Research (occasional)
  • ENV 202:  Introduction to Environmental Chemistry (in development)

Faculty-Student Research

  • Computational chemistry:  electronic structure calculations (density functional, Hartree-Fock, post-Hartree-Fock) on systems including but not limited to ion-carbon dioxide interactions and spectra of novel dye systems
  • Nanoscience:  synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles and nanomaterials with inorganic stabilizing agents, usually related to polyoxometalates
  • Surface chemistry:  investigation of metal oxide surfaces and adsorbates, usually polyoxometalates

Service to the Cornell Community

  • Chair, Subcommittee on Academic Regulations, 2013-15
  • Faculty Representative, Crisis Response Team, 2012-2015
  • Chair, Department of Chemistry, 2010-2013
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Academic Programs, 2011-12
  • Member, Reaccreditation Committee, 2005-2009, 2010-12
  • Chair, Committee on Committees (elected position), 2007-2009

Service to the Profession

  • Reviewer for the Journal of Chemical Education
  • Temporary Councilor for the Iowa Section of the American Chemical Society
  • Symposium organizer at two Biennial Conferences on Chemical Education


  • American Chemical Society:  Divisions of Surface and Colloid Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Chemical Education; Iowa Local Section
  • American Physical Society:  Fora on History of Physics, Physics Education; Prairie Section
  • Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges

Recent Conferences Attended

  • Upcoming:  Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Allendale, MI, Aug. 2014
  • Upcoming:  Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning National Meeting, St. Louis, June 2014
  • American Chemical Society National Meeting, Indianapolis, Sept. 2013
  • Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, University Park, PA, Aug. 2012