Department of Chemistry
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Wenham, MA 01984
Irvin J. Levy
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B.S. Chemistry, University of Bridgeport
M.A. Chemistry, Wesleyan University
M.S. Computer Science, 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.
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B.S. Chemistry, Lincoln University
M.S. Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, University of Florida
Otonye received her B.A. in Chemistry, with a minor in Pure and Applied Mathematics, at Lincoln University; her M.S. in Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology; and more recently, she received her Ph. D. in Chemistry from the University of Florida. During her dissertation work, she developed an interest in the fundamental chemical and physical characteristics that govern molecular interactions in biomembrane dependent pathways. Aside from academics, she enjoys traveling, loves mountains and various bodies of water, singing, mentoring and getting to know people.
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B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Bath, UK
M.Sc. Surface Science and Colloids, University of Bristol, UK
Ph.D. Materials Science and Physics, University of Bristol, UK
M.Sc. Molecular Modeling, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK
Ph.D. Theoretical Chemistry, Royal Institution of Great Britain and University College London, UK
Mike joined the Department of Chemistry at Gordon College in 2014. His research interests lie in the areas of heterogeneous catalysis and enzyme catalysis. He has a particular interest in the interaction and activation of small molecules on surfaces and their role in catalytic pathways. Mike uses computational chemistry techniques to study the absorption process. He has worked in a number of research labs both in the UK and US prior to joining Gordon where he worked on a range of real world issues including fuel cells, apoptosis signaling, synthesis gas production, graphite oxidation and nuclear safety. Mike also has a strong interest in secondary education having been a high school teacher for several years.
Ruth E. Paul
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B.Sc. Biochemistry (Honors), University of Bath, UK
Ruth has more than 20 years experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. She currently works as a freelance consultant advising companies on the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control data that are required by regulatory agencies world-wide in order to gain approval for new medicinal products to either start clinical studies or to be approved for marketing. Ruth has a Degree in Biochemistry from University of Bath in UK.
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.