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Course Load for Spring 2009 Semester
Selected Chemistry Web Sites
I am a native St. Louisan, attended Affton Senior High School, and graduated from the University of Missouri - St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemistry. I worked as a research chemist for eleven years at Monsanto Company in St. Louis. My work involved the scale-up of synthetic reactions into industrial processes. I also developed analytical methodology for monitoring chemical reactions. I have been a chemistry professor at St. Louis Community College - Meramec since 1992. My wife is a Registered Nurse, and I have two middle school-age children as well as a Cocker Spaniel named Monet.
For more detailed information about my education and work experience, here is my resume.
My favorite activities include spending time with my family, collecting political campaign buttons, and orienteering (navigating with compass through the woods). I also enjoy watching the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams compete. Professionally, I feel that I am fortunate to be in a position where I can talk about one of my favorite subjects (chemistry) to students wanting to learn. I thoroughly enjoy giving science demonstrations during classes and outside of classes for elementary schools. Having worked in both industry and academia, I feel that I can help guide students who have questions about career paths in the sciences.
I typically teach Fundamentals of Chemistry, General Chemistry I and II, and Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab. I design all courses so as to connect chemistry concepts with everyday applications. For example:
To find out the answers to these and other exciting questions, take a chemistry course (or click the links)! I believe that the most effective learning is one that links what we are learning to what we already know. I also believe that learning should be a positive, fun experience. My students quickly become aware that during any lecture, a well chosen pun may be lurking within that day's lecture notes.
General Chemistry I (CHM 105) sections 601 and 6W3 (Writing Intensive)
Organic Chemistry I Lecture (CHM 206) section 601
Organic Chemistry I Lab (CHM 210) section 601
Would you like to read my hints on how to be successful in lab? Click the flask.
Want an example of a bad day in the lab? Click the spill.
Attention General Chemistry students! Several websites offer excellent "visualizations" of molecular concepts. Click on the appropriate term to view these pages.
Selected Chemistry Web Sites
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visitors to this site since March , 2001
This page was last modified January 17, 2009.
Link to St. Louis Community College - Meramec Webpage