Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty
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Deborah Breiter, Ph.D.Professor of ChemistryChair, Department of Chemistry
B.A., Chemistry and French, Grinnell College
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota-MinneapolisOffice:
Starr Science 234Phone:
Deborah Breiter is the Gordon H. and Violet J. Bartels Professor of Chemistry. She teaches a wide variety of major and non-major courses within the biological and chemical fields along with teaching in the first-year program. Breiter is a native of LaCrosse, Wis. and received a bachelor of arts degree from Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa) majoring in both chemistry and French. She was fortunate to spend her junior year spring semester in Rennes, France. She holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did post-doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis Medical School. During both her graduate and post-doctoral careers, she held National Research Service Awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
After her postdoctoral studies, she started her teaching career with a one-year visiting assistant professorship at Reed College (Portland, Ore.) where she taught structural biochemistry and a non-majors general chemistry course. She continued her teaching career at Rockford College in the fall of 1996. She has taught a wide variety of courses at Rockford College, from chemistry, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and immunology to first-year seminar. She has enjoyed teaching a number of team-taught courses, one such course concerning the Human Genome project led to a number of keynote speaker positions at conferences. Breiter was the coordinator of first-year advising from the fall of 1998 to 2005, working with a specially trained team of faculty to ensure the academic success of first year students. She is a member of the American Chemistry Society (ACS), the American Crystallographic Association (ACA), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society). Deborah has had the great honor to be awarded both the Advisor of the Year Award in 1999 and the Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership Award in 2002.
|Fred Hadley, Ph.D.|
Professor of Chemistry
Chair, Division of Science, Mathematics and Nursing
B.A., University of Kansas
Ph.D., Rice University
Office: Starr Science 232
Physical chemistry is one of the five traditional branches of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biochemistry. Ever since my first days in physical chemistry, as a junior at KU, I’ve been drawn to its marriage of chemistry, physics, and mathematics. It seeks to explain the "why’s” of chemical phenomena, such as osmosis, the behavior of liquids and solids, why some things are hard and dense while others are soft, why mercury is a liquid at room temperature while other metals are solid, or why gold is yellow neighboring elements are silvery, like most metals. Physical chemistry is also at the forefront of research into new materials such as solar cells, new ceramics and new electrically-conducting polymers. It’s an exciting time for the discipline.
In addition to teaching two semesters of physical chemistry (at the junior/senior level), I teach the introductory chemistry course and advanced inorganic chemistry. Along with my colleagues, I also participate in our Senior Seminar. I am also fortunate to teach regularly outside the department, in first-year programs and in our Honors Program in Liberal Arts. These experiences give me a broader view of my own discipline and how it fits into a wider arena of learning.
My research interests over the past few years have included the synthesis and analysis of several boron compounds and the study of hybridization in chemical bonds by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
|Joseph Ward, Ph.D.|
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Chair, Department of Computer Science
B.S., Lawrence Technological University
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Office: Starr Science 218
Dr. James Marshall
Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Biology
Sean Beckmann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Troy Skwor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, Texas A&M University College of Medicine
B.S. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Chemistry Lab Supervisor
Assistant Professor of Chemistry