Visiting Assistant Professor (General and Organic Chemistry)
I joined the department in Fall 2013 as a 1 year visitor and will be teaching a combination of General and Organic Chemistry courses. I began my chemistry career at Rutgers University, double-majoring in chemistry and math. After that, I started graduate school at Cornell, but went with my research advisor, Professor Barry Carpenter, across the pond to Cardiff University, Wales to start a new Physical Organic Chemistry Research Centre. My PhD work was in understanding the behavior of reactive organic intermediates and how they could appear to "break" the rules of organic chemistry. After Cardiff, I returned to upstate New York to a post-doc at the University at Buffalo with Professor John Richard. My post-doctoral work focused on using enzyme kinetics to understand how enzymes are capable of catalyzing reactions so well - much better than chemists can do in the lab. While in Buffalo, I had the opportunity to teach organic chemistry which convinced me that I wanted to work at an institution with a large teaching focus. That brought me to my first visiting position at Colgate University (also in upstate New York) where I taught a mixture of general, organic, and physical organic chemistry. And finally getting out of New York, I'm now here at Whitman. Amongst other things, I'm really looking forward to living in a city that gets less than 7 feet of snow each year. Aside from teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband Damian, and putting my chemistry skills to use in the kitchen.