1994 - Ph.D. Pennsylvanis State University. Chemistry.
1988 - B.S. Canisius College. Chemistry.
Current Research Interests
My research interests include organic synthesis and methodology, molecular recognition, and the design and implementation of new undergraduate laboratory experiments. Currently students in my laboratory are working on a short and efficient synthesis of tetraethynyladamantane 1. The alkynes will be functionalized with "sticky" ends so as to promote the self-assembly into a lattice framework.
Students have also investigated the use of microwave technology as an energy source in the undergraduate laboratory with the goal of developing new labs that can be performed in one laboratory period.
My primary interests in teaching are in the area of organic chemistry. In addition to teaching the sophomore Organic Chemistry course, I also teach Physical Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry and team-teach Synthesis and Characterization. Each of these classes is taught such that the student is fully engaged in the learning process. I also enjoy teaching both Chemistry Of Food and Women in Science as non-majors courses.
Chief Health Professions Advisor
As the Chief Health Professions Advisor I assist students who are interested in pursuing graduate education in the health sciences, including allopathic, osteopathic and podiatric medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician's assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy, and optometry. In addition, I chair the College's Pre-professional Committee who interviews these students in their junior year in preparation of their applications to these schools.