Faculty

Jack Barbera, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Colorado. Chemical Education and Physical Chemistry. Dr. Barbera’s research has two main foci within Chemistry Education: 1) the development and validation of instruments for the assessment of both students’ epistemological beliefs and of their chemistry conceptual knowledge, and 2) the development of learning materials (virtual laboratories, tutorials, classroom demos) which utilize the PhET chemistry simulations (http://phet.colorado.edu).
E-mail: Jack.Barbera@unco.edu

Aichun Dong, Professor, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Biochemistry; Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. Protein structure; structure function relationship; protein folding/unfolding; protein denaturation, stabilization, and formulation; protein infrared database.
E-mail: Aichun.Dong@unco.edu

Richard M. Hyslop, Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas, Biochemistry. Metabolism and mechanisms of reactions of immunoactive and antineoplastic agents; drug design; enzymology of calcium-regulated proteins.
E-mail: Richard.Hyslop@unco.edu

Peter Karnilaw, Lecturer, M.S., University of Northern Colorado, Chemistry.
E-mail: Peter.Karnilaw@unco.edu

Robin Macaluso, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Inorganic Chemistry. Synthesis and characterization of magnetically interesting materials with emphasis on intermetallic and sulfide compounds; X-ray and neutron diffraction; Undergraduate and graduate research.
Email: Robin.Macaluso@unco.edu

Kimberly A. Opperman Pacheco, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Organic Chemistry. Modified silane thin film formation and characterization, prototypes for biosensor devices, force measurements using modified AFM tips, synthesis and characterization of UV-visible photoactive organic molecules, incorporation of nanoscale science into undergraduate curriculum.
Email: Kimberly.Pacheco@unco.edu

David L. Pringle, Interim Director and Professor, Ph.D., Iowa State University, Analytical Chemistry. Application of HPLC and GC to biochemical separations; use of naturally-occurring sulfide minerals as electrode surfaces; development of industrially-based analytical experiments.
E-mail: David.Pringle@unco.edu

Ann Ratcliffe, Lecturer.

James O. Schreck, Professor, Ph.D., Texas A & M, Organic Chemistry. Development and testing of new laboratory experiments for undergraduate organic chemistry laboratories; development of demonstrations for chemistry and science teaching. 1995 recipient of the Chemical Manufacturers Association Catalyst Award.
E-mail: James.Schreck@unco.edu

Richard W. Schwenz, Professor, Ph.D., Ohio State University, Physical Chemistry. Molecular spectroscopy of transition metal oxides and halides; computer interfacing with laboratory instrumentation, physical chemistry reform.
E-mail: Richard.Schwenz@unco.edu

Youngjin Song, Assistant professor, Ph.D. University of Georgia, Science Education. Elementary Science Education.

Jerry P. Suits, Associate Professor, Ph. D., University of Texas at Austin, Chemical Education. Interactive multimedia modules and simulations; computer-interfaced laboratory experiments; student visualization, learning styles, conceptual learning and achievement.
E-mail: Jerry.Suits@unco.edu

Professor Emeritus

Loretta L. Jones, Professor, Ph.D., D.A. University of Illinois at Chicago, Chemical Education/Physical Chemistry. Instructional applications of video and computer- based technologies; learning environments.
E-mail: Loretta.Jones@unco.edu

Clark L. Fields, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Inorganic Chemistry. The chemistry of boron, chemistry and applications of systems irradiated with white light; development of materials and experiments for inorganic chemistry.
E-mail: Clark.Fields@unco.edu

Henry W. Heikkinen, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Chemical Education. The recipient of 2009 George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education. Curriculum development and evaluation; in-service teaching programs; student attitudes and representations in chemistry; problem-solving and conceptual change.
E-mail: heikk2000@comcast.net

M. Lynn James, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Utah, Physical Chemistry. Curriculum studies and curriculum development involving computer applications; use of cooperative learning to the teaching of science.
E-mail: mljames@unco.edu

Marcus K. Meilahn, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Organic Chemistry. Asymmetric synthesis; preparation and reactions of haloaziridines; environmental chemistry-ground water contamination.
E-mail:Marcus.Meilahn@unco.edu

Gordon E. Tomasi, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Louisville, Biochemistry.

Contacts
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • 3480 Ross Hall
  • Campus Box 98
  • Univ. of Northern Colorado
  • Greeley, CO 80639
  • (970) 351-2559 (Voice)
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