How do students learn to approach these challenges?
The Earth is an active planet. At any one time volcanoes erupt, earthquakes pulse through the crust and the Earth emits poisonous and radioactive gases. Throughout human history, we have dealt with the devastating nature of these hazards, and have striven to understand and predict them. In the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, researchers are at the forefront of studying when and why these hazards occur. We measure how lava domes collapse and when past earthquakes occurred, use advanced computation and monitoring to see how earthquakes initiate and grow.
Employs systems thinking in chemistry education, inspiring students to build an appreciation for the role that chemistry plays in society and helping them to apply their knowledge to solving real-world problems.
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Engages students in field-based experiential learning, and bridges the gap between field-based and classroom-based learning.
Trains students in air- and water-free research techniques, and studies how novel molecular models can enhance chemistry learning through haptics.
Researches and promotes students’ engagement through reading or research undergraduate courses.
Designs and implements various collaborative learning situations, from small exercises to group projects, in the classroom to promote higher individual achievement and greater student satisfaction.
Provides team-based, interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities with instruction in research best practices, project management and teamwork skills development.
Cultivates scientists as innovators and entrepreneurs. Champions renewal of student engagement in organic chemistry through holistic approaches. Co-founder of two biotechnology start-up companies.
Increases student understanding of molecules in order to solve problems in Chemistry and Biochemistry