Grad 3

Bianca Dragone (ESCH ’12) and I — all smiles at graduation!

I am an environmental chemist in the Program for Environmental Studies and the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. I serve as an academic advisor and research mentor to students majoring in Environmental Studies-Chemistry and Chemistry & Biochemistry. Both my research and teaching reside happily at the interface of multiple scientific disciplines and perhaps fittingly, my research itself focuses on environmental interfaces  – the air-water interface and mineral-water interfaces. Click around to find out more!

My 2013-14 courses are

  • Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (CHEM 311) (fall), a writing intensive (and just plain ol’ intense!) introduction to analytical and experimental chemistry with an emphasis on the practice and application of modern instrumental methods and experimental design. We learn the principles of operation of several instruments and use them in multi-week research projects to identify and quantify analytes of interest. This year, we are lucky to have folks at VT Dept. of Environ. Conservation as partners on our projects related to phosphorus and estrogen loading to Otter Creek via wastewater treatment plants.
  • Seminar in Chemical Research (CHEM 400) (fall), a guided seminar on oral and written scientific communication, the nature of scientific research, and research ethics that complements our senior thesis program.
  • Environmental Studies Senior Seminar (ES 401) (spring), a community-based service learning course on the theme of Sustainable Transportation. Students are working on some great projects with the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Addison Country Transit Resources, and Middlebury College.
  • Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 270) (spring), a lecture+lab course, in which students learn to use molecular structure of environmental toxicants (including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals) to predict their environmental fate and transport. Labs introduce students to aspects of pollution source fingerprinting, air-quality monitoring, contaminant remediation and toxicology.
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