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Lou Ann Tom, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Program Director of GO Hawaii

  • Education
  • PHD, Lehigh University
  • MS, Bucknell University
  • BS, Lycoming College
  • Contact Information
  • toml@susqu.edu
  • 570-372-4540
  • Natural Sciences Center - Rm 322 B
Lou Ann Tom

I joined Susquehanna University in 2007 after working as a chemist/senior scientist at Merck & Co. Inc. for 19 years, holding a variety of positions and working with validation of analytical methods, online instrumentation, wastewater treatment plant issues and other analytical support as needed.

After joining the faculty at SU, my research was in developing molecularly imprinted polymers designed to detect low levels of specific analytes, such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides from matrices such as water, and the potential for removal of sulfur-containing compounds from diesel fuel for pollution concerns.

My research expanded to include investigation into the potential for photocatalytic degradation of common pharmaceuticals for disposal. There is potential for misuse and improper disposal of drugs left unused by patients, and therefore environmental contamination. Photodegradation of drugs by UV radiation is being studied as a convenient method to reduce the cost of disposal and the risk of improper disposal.

Two additional research projects involve analyses using spiders. The elucidation of sex pheromones in spiders is being investigated using SPME followed by GC/MS could potentially lead to the development of novel and natural pesticides against crop pests. The accumulation of heavy metals in spiders collected from brownfield sites is also being studied to determine if levels of heavy metals can provide information on the potential transfer of metals in the food chain.

I am also using atomic absorption spectroscopy and potentially X-ray fluorescence to analyze Susquehanna River water and sediment for metals.

Education
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Chemistry (overall GPA:  3.98)
Doctorate Thesis:  "Development of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer (MIP) for the Analysis of Avermectin"
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA  1987 - 1994                    

Master's Degree
Major:  Chemistry (overall GPA:  3.50) Masters Thesis:  "Solvent Isotope Effects on the Reduction of Lipoxygenase by Alkylhydroxylamines."   Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA  1983 - 1987
Majors (2):  Chemistry & Biology (*GPA's:  4.0  &  3.9,  overall GPA:  3.94) *  Graduated Summa Cum Laude, with Honors

Teaching Experience
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA - Fall 2007 - present:    

Associate Professor and Tenure - August 2013   

  • General Chemistry 101/102, 103/104, 111/112 Lecture and Lab
  • Instrumental Analysis, Chemistry 430
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry 304/Biology 500
  • Forensic Chemistry 305
  • Junior/Senior Seminar 505
  • Problems in Chemistry 400/500
  • Perspectives PRDV-104
  • GO Hawaii - GO program pretrip, summer trip, and reflective course

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA - Fall 2006 - Fall 2007, Visiting Assistant Professor  

Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA - 1993 - Spring 2006, Part-time Laboratory Instructor  

Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA - Fall 1983 - Spring 1987, Chemistry Laboratory Assistant and Biology Laboratory Assistant, Chemistry Homework Grader, Private Chemistry Tutor

Related Undergraduate Educational Experience

Independent Study, Williamsport Hospital (1987).  "Detection and Quantitation of Urinary Catecholamines Using HPLC."  Operated a High Performance Liquid Chromatography Analyzer, including preventive maintenance, calibration, and routine operation to establish a procedure for detecting urinary catecholamines using HPLC instrumentation.  

Internship (1985) Williamsport Hospital with Dr. Robert Yasui:  Viewed all aspects of hospital surgery and surgical procedures.

Undergraduate Educational Honors Awards

Summa Cum Laude - Graduation with Honors Lycoming College (1987).  In recognition of outstanding performance in all course work completed at Lycoming College.  

Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major of the Year Lycoming College (1987) .  Chosen by chemistry faculty of Lycoming College to receive recognition by the Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society.  

The John C. McCune Memorial Prize in Chemistry Lycoming College (1987).  In recognition of outstanding personal achievement and contribution to Lycoming College - Highest average in chemistry.  

The Byron C. Brunstetter Science Award Lycoming College (1987).  In recognition of outstanding personal achievement and contribution to Lycoming College - Outstanding achievement in chemical and biological sciences.  

Certificate of Achievement Lycoming College (1987).  In recognition of successful completion of requirements for Lycoming Scholars.  

Certificate of Achievement  Lycoming College (1987).  In recognition of outstanding academic achievement during senior year - Dean's List.  

Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society) Lycoming College (1986-1987)  

Lycoming Scholars Program (1983--1987).  Offered to select students who wish to complete a college education with more vigorous academic requirements, including special seminars and advanced courses.  

Beta Beta Beta (National Biology Honor Society), (1984-1987)  Elected Treasurer (1986--1987)  

Chemistry Advisory Committee Lycoming College (1987).  Selected to be a member to provide input into courses, program, and requirements of the chemistry department  

Phi Sigma Tau (National Philosophy Honor Society) 1986--1987  

Gold Key Freshman Scholastic Honor Society, 1984.  Award given for superior academic achievement.  

Dean's List - all semesters, 1983--1987

Professional Experience

Merck & Co., Inc., Riverside, PA - 1987 - 2005,

  • Senior Scientist (2000 - 2005)--in Technical Operations Department, Chemistry Section                 
  • Senior Scientist (1994 - 2000)--in Technical Operations Department, Waste Treatment Section                 
  • Chemist (1991-1994)--in the Technical Operations Department                 
  • Waste Treatment Lab Technician (1990 - 1991)                 
  • In-Process Lab Technician (1987-1990)

Related Professional Experience

Visible Emission Evaluation Field Certification, Allentown PA - every 6 months from 1995-2000, Leader of Near Infrared On-line Probe Project Team for monitoring the drying process of INVANZ production at Merck & Co., Inc in Danville, PA., and Leader of Wastewater Treatment Support Team for optimization and improvements to the wastewater treatment facility at Merck & Co., Inc. in Danville, PA.  

Received the Merck Award For Excellence, 2003.  Awarded for timely development and validation of two assays to satisfy the requirements of Process Change Request in time to permit its implementation, contributing toward a significant productivity improvement.

Publications (* Susquehanna University undergraduate co-authors)

Lou Ann Tom, Nicole A. Schneck*, and Carla Walter.* Improving the imprinting effect by optimizing template:monomer:cross-linker ratios in a molecularly imprinted polymer for sulfadimethoxine.  J. Chromat. B.  909, 2012, 61-64.  

Lou Ann Tom, Chelsea L. Gerard*, Colin M. Hutchison*, Amanda S. Brooker*.  Development of a Novel Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for the Retention of 4,6-Dimethyldibenzothiophene. Microchimica Acta, 176. 2012, 375-380.  

Lou Ann Tom and Natalie Foster.  Development of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for the Analysis of Avermectin.  Analytica Chimica Acta, 680, 2010, 79-85.   M. J. Higgins, L. A. Miller, and D. C. Sobeck.  "Case Study I:  Application of the Divalent Cation Bridging Theory to Improve Biofloc Properties and Industrial Activated Sludge System Performance - Direct Addition of Divalent Cations" Water Environment Research, 76 (4), July/August 2004, 344-352.  

105 proprietary technical papers (comparable to scientific journal articles) reporting the development and results of scientific studies conducted in the Technical Operations Analytical and Wastewater Treatment Laboratories at Merck & Co., Inc. (Examples available upon request).   

Manuscripts in progress for publication
Lou Ann Tom, Daniel Maeng (Geisinger), Eric Wright (Geisinger), Who's Wasting What Drugs? Patient & Drug Characteristics Associated with Unused Med & Unsafe Disposal to be submitted to The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine  

Lou Ann Tom, Mbelu Kalala, Erica Juliano, Photocatalytic degradation rates of warfarin  

Lou Ann Tom, Oliver Beale, Matt Botts, Photocatalytic Degradation of commonly disposed of pharmaceuticals.  

Jan Reichard-Brown, Lou Ann Tom, Hannah Spinner*, Debra Losey*, and Courtney Conrad*. Pre-Treatment of Sea Urchin Sperm with Thalidomide Results in Abnormal Development to be submitted to Birth Defects Research B;  Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology.

Conferences and Presentations
Photocatalytic Degradation of Sulfamethoxazole, Student poster presentation by Matthew Botts at the 30th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research at University of North Carolina, Asheville, April 7-9, 2016 and at Sr. Scholar's Day at SU on April 19th, 2016.

Evaluation of Dissolved and Suspended Metals in Water Samples from Seven Locations Across the Upper Main Stem of the Susquehanna River near Sunbury, PA, Student poster presentation by Oliver Beale at the 10th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium at Bucknell University, PA Nov 13-14, 2015. 

Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies meeting Invited presentation "Photocatalytic Degradation of Common Pharmaceuticals and Analysis of Susquehanna River Water" October 23, 2015 at SEDA-COG, Lewisburg, PA.

Drug Take Back Program.  Invited presentation "Photocatalytic Degradation of Common Pharmaceuticals" October 21, 2015 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.

Photocatalytic Degradation of Common Pharmaceuticals.  Student poster presentation by Oliver Beale and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 7th Annual Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium, July 23, 2015 at Goucher College.

Preparation of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for the Selective Retention of Insecticides Esfenvalerate and Cyfluthrin, Student poster presentation by William LeMasters in April 2015, at Sr. Scholar's Day at SU.

Photocatalytic degradation rates of pharmaceuticals frequently disposed by the public.  Poster presentation by Mbelu Kalala (co-author Erica Juliano) at the 29th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Eastern Washington University in April 2015, and at Sr. Scholar's Day at SU.

Preliminary Evaluation of Dissolved and Suspended Metals in Water Samples from Seven Locations Across the Upper Main Stem of the Susquehanna River near Sunbury, PA, Student poster presentation by Kristen M. Benitez (co-author Amir Y. Awali) at the 29th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Eastern Washington University in April 2015 and at Sr. Scholar's Day at SU.

Preliminary Evaluation of Dissolved and Suspended Metals in Water Samples from Seven Locations Across the Upper Main Stem of the Susquehanna River near Sunbury, PA, Student poster presentation by Kristen M. Benitez and Amir Y. Alwali at the 9th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium at Bucknell University, PA Nov 21-22, 2014. 

Preliminary Identification of a Volatile Silk-based Sex Pheromone of the Wolf Spider Tigrosa helluo, Student poster presentation by Rizwan Khan, Nick Van Nest, and faculty co-author Matthew Persons at the 28th National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky, April 3-5, 2014.

Preparation of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for the Selective Retention of the Insecticide Fenvalerate, Student poster presentation by Alex Rhodes and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 28th National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky, April 3-5, 2014.

Preliminary Identification of a Volatile Silk-based Sex Pheromone of the Wolf Spider Tigrosa helluo, Student poster presentation by Rizwan Khan, Nick Van Nest, and faculty co-author Matthew Persons at the 90th Pennsylvania Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Susquehanna University, March 21-23, 2014.

Preparation of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for the Selective Retention of the Insecticide Fenvalerate, Student poster presentation by Alex Rhodes and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 90th Pennsylvania Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Susquehanna University, March 21-23, 2014.

Development of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Detection of Low Levels of Pharmaceuticals, Pesticides, and Sulfur Compounds, presented as a seminar at the Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, 2/24/2014.

SU SAS lunch research presentation, Development of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Detection of Low Levels of Pesticides and Pharmaceuticals, October 2013.

Preliminary identification of a sex pheromone in the wolf spider, Tigrosa helluo, Co-author on poster presentation by Matthew H. Persons, at the American Arachnological Society National Meeting in Johnson City, TN in July 2013.

Preparation of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for Lambda-Cyhalothrin.  Student poster presentation by Lindsay Dunkle and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 245th National American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans, LA, April 7, 2013.

Preparation of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for Lambda-Cyhalothrin.  Student poster presentation by Lindsay Dunkle and and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 4th Annual Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium in Summer 2012 at Moravian College.

Preparation of Novel Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Retention of S-Ketoprofen and of 4,6-Dimethyldibenzothiophene.  Student poster presentation by Brian Lysy and and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 243rd National American Chemical Society Meeting in San Diego, CA, March 24 - 20, 2012.   

Preliminary Identification of a Sex Pheromone in the Wolf Spider, Hogna helluo.   Student poster presentation by Justin Stover, Lindsay Dunkle, Matthew Persons and and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research at Weber State University, UT, March 22 - 24, 2012.   

Preparation of Imprinted Emulsion Polymers for 4,6 -Dimethyldibenzothiophene and S-Ketoprofen.  Student poster presentation by Brian Lysy and and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 3rd Annual Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium at Goucher College, in Summer 2011.  

Preparation of an Improved Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for Retention of Organosulfur Compounds.  Student poster presentation by Nikki Schneck and and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 241st National American Chemical Society meeting in Anaheim, CA, March 27 - 30, 2011.  

Development of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for the Analysis of Avermectin by Lou Ann Tom and Natalie Foster.   Poster presentation by Lou Ann Tom at The 6th International Meeting on Molecular Imprinting meeting in New Orleans, LA, August 2010.

Preparation of b-Cyclodextrin Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Separation of Ketoprofen Enantiomers.  Student poster presentation by Kristen Prozialeck and and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 239th National American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, CA in Spring 2010.

Preparation and Evaluation of a Novel Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for the Retention of Organosulfur Compounds.  Student poster presentation by Chelsea L. Gerard and and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 239th National American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, CA in Spring 2010.

Synthesis of Nickel (II) Methacryloylhistidinedihydrate Complex for the Development of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for Removal of 4,6‑Dimethyldibenzothiophene from Fuel. Student poster presentation by Nikki Schneck and and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the First Annual Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium in Summer 2009 at Susquehanna University.  Student won third place award for poster session.  

Development of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for Retention of 4,6 Dimethyldibenzothiophene.  Student poster presentation by Amanda Brooker and and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 237th National American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition in Salt Lake City, UT in Spring 2009.  

Preparation of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Separation of Ketoprofen Enantiomers from Similar Compounds.  Student poster presentation by Matthew Campbell and and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 237th National American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition in Salt Lake City, UT in Spring 2009.  

Development of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for the Analysis of Sulfadimethoxine.  Student poster presentation by Carla Walter and and coauthored by Lou Ann Tom at the 22nd National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Salisbury University, MD in in Spring 2008.  

Improving Industrial Wastewater Treatment using Divalent Cation Addition.  Oral presentation by Lou Ann (Miller) Tom and Matthew J Higgins at the Water Environment Federation, 72nd Annual Water Environment Federation Conference and Exposition (WEFTEC 1999), New Orleans, LA, 1999.

Current Scholarship
2014-2015 ON-GOING:  Working with student Allison Graybill and Dr. Matthew Persons on Preliminary identification of sex pheromones in the Wolf Spider, Hogna helluo and other spider species. 

2014- ON-GOING:  Photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals is being studied to determine if a practical, bench top method of disposal is a reasonable alternative to expensive incineration.   

2014- ON-GOING:  River water samples from seven locations across the upper main stem of the Susquehanna River near Sunbury, PA are being analyzed for the presence of dissolved and total metals. 

2015 ON-GOING:  Preparation of a non-covalent molecularly imprinted polymer for sulfamethoxazole.  

Student Mentoring
Carla Walter, 2007-2008
Colin Huchinson, 2008 summer
Kristen M. Prozialeck, 2008-2009
Matthew Campbell, 2008-2009
Chelsea Gerard, 2009-2010
Amanda Brooker, 2009-2010
Nikki Schneck, 2009 summer and 2010-2011
Brian Lysy, 2011 summer and 2011-2012
Lindsay Dunkle, 2012 summer and 2012-2013
Shelby O'Riley, 2012-2013
Alex Rhodes, 2012 spring -spring 2014
Nick Van Nest, 2013 fall and 2014 spring
Amir Y. Alwali, 2014 fall
Kristen M. Benitez, 2014 fall and 2015 spring
William LeMasters, 2014 fall and 2015 spring
Mbelu Kalala, 2014 fall and 2015 spring
Erica Juliano, 2014 fall and 2015 spring
Allison Graybill, 2015 spring and fall
Matthew Botts, 2015 spring/fall and 2016 spring
Oliver Beale, 2015 summer and fall
Yilan Miao, 2015 fall and 2016 spring
Nick Trotter, 2016 spring

Funding Received
Center for Teaching and Learning Mini-Grant To Develop a Course ($500) (April 2016)

Center for Teaching and Learning Fellowship-Grant to Help Other Faculty to Develop a Course ($500) (April 2016)

Center for Teaching and Learning Software/Hardware Grant for Pedagogical Innovation ($250) (April 2016)

Susquehanna University Mini Grant (September 2015) $1000 for Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the Susquehanna River.  Received $1000 for the purchase of pure pharmaceutical compounds (primarily from Sigma Aldrich) for HPLC calibration and photochemical destruction studies. 

Susquehanna University Mini Grant (April 2015) Received $1000 for Rayonet mini reactor and 8 RMR-2537a lamps and safety shield for photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals is being studied to determine if a practical, bench-top method of disposal is a reasonable alternative to expensive incineration.    

Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Funding (2015) for Photocatalytic Degradation Rates of Pharmaceuticals Frequently Disposed by the Public, and Evaluation of Metals in Water from Seven Locations across the Upper Main Stem of the Susquehanna River near Sunbury, PA.  Funding included student stipend ($3000) plus housing plus $1,000 supplies.   

RK Mellon Foundation for the Susquehanna University Freshwater Science Research Initiative, for $5,500,000. Submitted Jan 2013, received 2014.  Collaborating with Jonathan Niles, Carlos Iudica, Jack Holt, and Ahmed Lachhab for the purpose of developing a 3 year Freshwater Research Initiative that will serve as a collaborative water research project in the Susquehanna River basin. This project is focused on answering and finding solutions to the ecological questions that are currently impairing the river and its tributaries.   

Susquehanna University Mini Grant (2014) $1000 for investigation of Identification of sex pheromones in the wolf spider, Tigrosa helluo.  Purchased Solid Phase Microextraction Fiber Holder, GC/MS inlet liner and 3 fiber assortment kit.   

Susquehanna University Mini Grant (2012) $1000 for Origin 8.5, a software program for departmental analytic needs, including peak analysis, curve fitting, statistics, and signal processing; and for a pump to be used in the CLSA for efficient data collection of pheromones from the live spiders.   

Susquehanna University Grant (2011-2013) $6600 for Development of a Practical Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for the removal of 4,6-Dimethyldibenzothiophene and other organosulfur compounds from fuel.  

Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Funding (2012) for investigation of several different polymerization techniques for Preliminary Identification of a Sex Pheromone in the Wolf Spider, Hogna helluo and also for preparing molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for the desulfurization of 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene from fuel.  Funding included student stipend plus housing plus $1,500 supplies.   

Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Funding (2011) for investigation of several different polymerization techniques for preparing molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for the desulfurization of 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene from fuel.  Funding included student stipend plus housing plus $1,500 supplies.  

Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Funding (2009) for evaluation and improvement of a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) for the desulfurization of organosulfur compounds from transportation fuels.  Funding included student stipend plus housing plus $1,500 supplies.  

Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Funding (2008) for development of a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) for the desulfurization of organosulfur compounds from transportation fuels.  Funding included student stipend plus housing plus $1,500 supplies.   

Grants Submitted and Waiting for Approval:

Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds Grant:  Photocatalytic Degradation Rates of Pharmaceuticals Frequently Disposed by the Public, and Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals in Water from the Susquehanna River near Sunbury, PA $15,000 (Submitted Dec 2015).  Preapproved for full proposal submission, due March 28 2016.

Grants Submitted and Not Funded
Aug 2015, PA Sea Grant (Pre- followed by approval to submit a) FULL proposal  $50,340 requested for photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals.  

2015:  Application for an RK Mellon Freshwater Research Initiative Award of $  17,076.30.  The proposal outlines collaborative methods for the physiochemical and ecological characterization of five headwater streams of the Susquehanna River.  

2014:  New Initiative Research Grant from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation for $220,000. Submitted January 22, 2014, with Matthew Persons, proposed research focuses at the intersection of analytical and quantitative chemistry and behavioral and chemical ecology.  

2011:  Submitted Undergraduate Research Proposal Grant submitted to The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund November 2011 for Development of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for the Selective Retention of 4,6-Dimethyldibenzothiophene and other organosulfur compounds.  

University, School and Community Service

  • Academic Honesty Judicial Board member spring 2016
  • Faculty Advisor to SU Womens Varsity Softball Team, starting spring 2016
  • Organic Chemistry tenure Track Search Committee, Committee Member, approximately 10 hours spent for the year, Appointed, Pro Bono. (Aug - Dec 2015)
  • Organic Chemistry tenure Track Search Committee, Committee Member, approximately 10 hours spent for the year, Appointed, Pro Bono. (Aug - Dec 2014)
  • Inorganic Chemistry tenure Track Search Committee, Committee Member, approximately 10 hours spent for the year, Appointed, Pro Bono. (Aug - Dec 2013?)
  • One semester Sabbatical replacement on Academic Honesty Judicial Board, spring 2016
  • GO Program, Cross Cultural Requirement assessment of learning goal #1a and b.
  • Scientific Explanations Central Curriculum assessment of learning goal #5.  July 2015.  As part of the central curriculum yearly assessment of learning goals, volunteers are needed to evaluate student samples for Scientific Explanations CC assessment of learning goal #5 "Evaluate the validity of information presented as science."  I volunteered to do these assessments as part of team for 2015.
  • Committee on Faculty Elections, spring 2009 - present.  Chair 2009-2010 and 2012-2015.
  • Development of a GO short program entitled "GO Five-O: Our Fiftieth State.  A Three Prong Approach to Understanding Hawaiian Culture" to provide an opportunity for SU students to complete the cross-cultural experience requirement.  12 students successfully completed the program in May 2012.  Piloted a double session and took 2 groups of 12 students each in successive sessions in May/June 2013, 12 students in spring 2014, 12 students in spring 2015.
  • Instrumental maintenance on many of the departmental instruments, including 3 HPLCs, GC/MS, AA, UV, two FTIRs, an IC and various other smaller pieces of equipment.  This is consistent with the faculty member who most often teaches instrumental analysis, but requires a significant amount of time.  2010-present.
  • Member of Academic Standing Committee, 2008 - 2014.
  • GO Program Director Search Committee, Committee Member, approximately 10 hours spent for the year, (2013).
  • Claritas Distinguished Visitor in the Sciences Steering Committee member, 2008-2012.
  • Inorganic chemistry tenure track position search committee, Committee Member, approximately 10 hours spent for the year, Appointed, Pro Bono. (Nov-Dec, 2012).
  • Faculty Meeting Secretary, fall 2011-spring 2012
  • Science Action Day chemistry program (magnetic nanoparticles) for 12 high school students, October 2012
  • CSIU summer sessions, approximately 40 hours spent for the year teaching local science teachers how to use Guided-Inquiry-Based techniques to teach chemistry to high-school students. (June 2010, June 2011, June 2012).
  • Member of Claritas Science Speaker Committee, 2008 - present
  • Science Action Day chemistry program (magnetic nanoparticles) for local high school students, October 2012
  • Member of the Move-in/Transition Planning committee to assist in the preparations of the department to move into the new science building (2009).
  • Summer Preview Days:  summer 2008.
  • Participated in all Admission Open Houses and Accepted Students Days 2008 - present
  • Co-organized and hosted all annual Chemistry Department Diversity Awareness Dinners, 2008 - 2010
  • Hosted speaker from Merck and Co., Inc. for Instrumental Analysis lecture open to the department.
  • Helped to start a research writing group which meets weekly to ensure accountability in scholarship among faculty colleagues, 2009
  • Volunteer assistant statistician for Susquehanna University Women's Volleyball team, 2007-present
  • Member of four search committees, three to fill tenure-track positions in the Chemistry Department (2008, 2009, 2012), and one for assistant director of career services position 2011.

 
Professional Growth and Development

  • Controlled Substance Registration Certification - 2015-2016:  from the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.  The DEA registration grants practitioners federal authority to handle controlled substances for the continued research in the Photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals.
  • 2013 POGIL Northwest Regional 3-Day Workshop at Franklin and Marshall, Lancaster, PA. June 19-22, 2013.
  • Article reviewer Journal of Molecular Recognition, Analytica Chimica Acta, Microchimica Acta, Ads Science and Tech
  • The 6th International Meeting on Molecular Imprinting meeting in New Orleans, LA, August 2010.
  • Workshop, "National Science Foundation Day", National Science Foundation, Princeton, NJ, USA, (Nov 3, 2010).
  • Conference Attendance, "The 6th International Conference on Molecular Imprinting", Society for Moleculary Imprinting, New Orleans, LA, USA. (August 9, 2010 - August 12, 2010).
  • Conference Attendance, "Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience", National Resource Center for the 1st Year Experience & Students in Transition, Denver, Colorado, USA. (February 12, 2010 - February 16, 2010).
  • Class-tested and evaluated Norton's SmartWork online homework platform for general chemistry based on the textbook Chemistry by Gilbert, Kirss, Foster, and Davies (2009).

Current Active Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society, Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society, Society for Molecular Imprinting


Courses taught:

  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II Teams
  • CHEM-105 General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM-106 General Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM-111 General Chemistry I Teams WS
  • CHEM-300 Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM-305 Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM-400 Research Experience
  • CHEM-430 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry
  • CHEM-505 Seminar
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