Senior Lecturer (General Chemistry, Chemistry of Art)
Deberah Simon is director of CHEM 135 & 136 (General Chemistry laboratory), teaching four sections and coordinating the teaching of all seven sections (a course taken by nearly half of Whitman’s incoming class each year.) She also teaches CHEM 102 (Chemistry of Art) and CHEM 102L (Chemistry of Art laboratory.) She taught EDUC 325, an educational psychology and methods course, for many years. In the summer, she co-teaches an NSF-sponsored workshop on the Chemistry of Art as part of the Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences. She is a Whitman College alumna (Chemistry ’72), as is her husband, Dick Simon, MD (Chemistry ’72.) She has been a quality control chemical engineer at Boeing on the aluminum production lines, a medical research technician at the University of Chicago, a professional calligrapher, a bookbinder, a papermaker, an artist with the Artists-in-the-Schools program, a teacher in the Walla Walla Public School system (the Talented and Gifted Program, “Explorers”), and a mother of two. She is passionately interested in the intersection of the sciences and the arts, and the psychology of learning.