Loretta Lucek Jones, D.A., Ph.D.

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  • Professor
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry Program
  • Greeley, Colorado 80639
  • Office: (970) 351-1443
  • Fax: (970) 351-2533
  • E-mail: Loretta.Jones@unco.edu

Professor Jones earned a bachelor's degree in honors chemistry at Loyola University, Chicago, and a masters degree in chemistry at the University of Chicago. For nine years she worked at Argonne National Laboratory and in industry. She then went on to the University of Illinois at Chicago to earn her Ph.D. in physical chemistry. At the same time she earned a D.A. in chemistry, a preparation for teaching and educational research and development at the college level. Dr. Jones was the 2006 Chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education. She also chaired the 2001 Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education. She loves nature and hiking, but actually spends more time reading mysteries and science fiction.

Activities and Research

Prof. Jones' research area is Chemical Education. Her interests involve the optimization of learning environments for chemistry; they focus primarily on active involvement of students in their learning, the applications of advanced technologies to the teaching of chemistry and visual representations of complex phenomena. She was the principal investigator of ChemDiscovery: Chemistry for the Information Age (formerly ChemQuest), an NSF-funded project for the development of a CD-ROM based high school chemistry curriculum. She also led an NSF project to develop design principles for molecular animations: http://artsci.drake.edu/honts/molviz/. She has written two general chemistry textbooks with Peter Atkins: Chemistry: Molecules, Matter and Change and Chemical Principles, and developed the interactive multimedia course Exploring Chemistry with Stanley Smith and Steve Gammon, now part of Fundamentals of Chemistry. She also worked with Roy Tasker and others to create the Bridging to the Lab web-de livered laboratory simulations.

Sample Publications

  • Kelly, R. M., and Jones, L. L. (2007). Exploring how different features of animations of sodium chloride dissolving affect students' explanations. Journal of Science Education and Technology,16(5), 413-429.
  • Jones, L. L., and Iona, S. (2006). How physics first can help improve the teaching of chemistry. In The Cornerstone-to-Capstone Approach: Creating Coherence in High School Science, Colorado Springs: BSCS, 143-149.
  • Jones, L. L., Stillings, N. A., and Jordan, K. D. (2005). Molecular visualization in chemistry education: The role of multidisciplinary collaboration. Chemical Education Research and Practice, 6(3), 136-149.
  • Kuo, M-T., Jones, L. L., Pulos, S. M., and Hyslop, R. M. (2004). The role of molecular representations, complexity, and orientation in stereochemistry problem solving, The Chemical Educator, 9, 1-7.
  • Agapova, O., Jones, L., Ushakov, A., Ratcliffe, A., and Varanka Martin, M.  (2002). Encouraging independent chemistry learning through multimedia design experiences, Chemistry Education International, 3, No. 1.
  • Jones, L. L. (1999). Learning chemistry through design and construction, UniServe Science News, 14, November, 3-7.
  • Jones, L. L. (1996). The role of molecular structure and modeling in general chemistry, New Initiatives in Chemical Education, Summer, 1996.
  • Jones, L. L. & Smith, S. G. (1991). The acid test: Five years of multimedia chemistry, Technological Horizons in Education Journal, IBM Multimedia Supplement, 21-23.