Professor of Chemistry
Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
I am a computational chemist. In my case, this means using computer programs grounded in quantum mechanics to construct molecular models and predict molecular properties. On the research side, I have used models to unravel chemical reaction mechanisms, interpret novel bonding mechanisms, and quantitatively predict chemical toxicity. Most of my work has focused on developing and disseminating ways to use models to teach chemistry. I have also been involved in the development of student-friendly computer apps, like Spartan and iSpartan (Wavefunction, Inc.) that quite literally give students the ability to "see" molecules and molecular properties. Education: B.S. '76 Calif. Institute of Technology; Ph.D. '81 U. Wisconsin-Madison. Selected awards: Camille and Henry Dreyfus Distinguished New Faculty in Chemistry '85; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) '11. Professional service: Wavefunction, Inc. (Consultant, Author); Feature Editor (Molecular Modeling Exercises & Experiments), Journal of Chemical Education '05-'09.