Department of Chemistry
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984
Irvin J. Levy
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B.S. University of Bridgeport
M.A. Wesleyan University
M.S. Boston University
Irv joined the Department of Chemistry at Gordon Ccllege in 1985. His interests in chemistry are primarily related to the development of educational resources for green chemistry, chemistry that is inherently safer for human health and the environment. Current projects involve the creation of green organic chemistry laboratory experiments, the introduction of toxicology into the chemistry curriculum, and community outreach via green chemistry. Irv is a founding member of the Green Chemistry Education Network and a member of the American Chemical Society where he currently serves as the Program Chair for the Division of Chemical Education, planning the division's semiannual national meetings. Irv is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the governing board of Beyond Benign.
B.A. Gordon College
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Dr. Tshudy joined the chemistry faculty in 2004, after spending 14 years in the analytical chemistry laboratories at Xerox. His research interests include utilizing chromatographic and mass spectrometry techniques in the analysis of alternative fuels, environmental samples and materials of forensic value. Another area of interest is the use of analytical chemistry techniques applied to toxicity determination which relates to the green chemistry emphasis in the department. Dwight is collaborating with Professor Terry Collins at the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University on the characterization of TAML degradation products. He is a member of the American Scientific Affiliation, the American Chemical Society, and a local chromatography discussion group: massep.org.
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Katy Van Kirk
B.S. Temple University
M.S. Youngstown State University
Katy joined the chemistry faculty in 2011. Prior to teaching, Katy spent 10 years involved in medicinal chemistry research at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Aventis Pharma. While working in the pharmaceutical industry, she was actively involved in synthesizing compounds for the oncology, psychiatric and cardiovascular programs. Her current research interests include: the incorporation of Green Chemistry into the General Chemistry curriculum, improving the science training of education majors, science curriculum enhancement in grades K-8, and the exploration of the use of catalysts in the undergraduate laboratory. She is a member of the American Chemical Society. She is an adjunct faculty member of Endicott College and Salem State University.
Jack W. Haas
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
M.S. The King's College
Ph.D. University of Delaware
John W. (Jack) Haas arrived at Gordon College in Fall 1961 to initiate the Chemistry Department
and served 34 years. His lectures were enlivened by cartoons. A physical chemist, he did research on sugar reaction kinetics and heavy metal complexes. In the later part of his career he developed a strong interest in the history and philosophy of science as related to science-faith issues. In retirement he was content editor for the American Scientific Affiliation web site.