DR. JACQUELINE BENNETT, Associate Professor
Teaching Specialization: Organic Chemistry
Dr. Bennett's research group is called the BLONDES: Building a Legacy of Outstanding New Developments and Excellence in Science. One of her research students, Michelle Linder, won an international green chemistry award in 2011 for research she did under Dr. Bennett's supervision. Michelle was the first undergraduate to ever win the award-all others were Ph.D. students or post-doctoral associates. Several of her students have received national recognition by being selected to participate in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates during summers in New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Utah, and Turkey. All eight of her Spring 2011 research students were formally recognized by SUNY Oneonta for research excellence.
Dr. Bennett has current funding from the National Science Foundation for a project designed to introduce computational chemistry to the College’s chemistry courses via a graduated approach. She has previous funding through a Dreyfus Foundation grant to research green photochemistry.
DR. RONALD BISHOP, Lecturer
B.A in Chemistry: Youngstown State University (1981) Community Service: Education and activism related to large-scale extraction of natural gas from unconventional reserves in New York State.
Community Service: Education and activism related to large-scale extraction of natural gas from unconventional reserves in New York State.
DR. JOSEPH F. CHIANG, Professor
Teaching Specialization: Physical Chemistry
DR. KELLY RYAN GALLAGHER, Associate Professor
Teaching Specialties: Intro Chemistry, General Chemistry, Biochemistry
Dr. Gallagher's research interests are in the roles of hydration and molecular plasticity in macromolecular structure and function. She is currently examining the hydration of newly discovered, highly active anti-freeze proteins using computational techniques. Other projects in development include examining the differences in dynamics between psychrophilic (cold-adapted) proteins and their mesophilic counterparts and studying changes in conformational dynamics upon aminoglycoside binding to RNA.
She is co-principal investigator of a National Science Foundation-funded project entitled PREDICT, for "Predicting Results and Evaluating Data using Insights from Computational Techniques," which is designed to support the introduction of computational chemistry to the College's chemistry curriculum through a graduated approach. Dr. Gallagher is also the Assistant Director of the Science Discovery Center, a small interactive science center on the SUNY Oneonta campus.
Dr. HEIKE GEISLER, Assistant Professor
Teaching Specialization: Physical Chemistry
Dr. Geisler joined SUNY Oneonta in 2012. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Xavier University of Louisiana, where she taught Physical Chemistry and General Chemistry classes. She has also taught in the Chemistry Department at Texas State University and the Physics Department at University of New Orleans as a Lecturer.
VICTORIA HARRIS, Lecturer
Upon her return from Finland as a Rotary exchange student in 1994, Victoria completed a dual major at Juniata College, PA and earned both a BS in Chemistry as well as her secondary science teaching certification. In 2000, she received her MS in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Cincinnati, OH. She has 15 years of research and development experience in the pharmaceutical industry, primarily in technical support for marketed products. Her research included optimization of binder and granulation techniques in tablet durability and troubleshooting issues in aerosols, IV and oral products in various countries in North America and Europe.
Victoria came to SUNY Oneonta from Hartwick College in 2012 where she was honored for “Outstanding Faculty Mentorship.” Her teaching specialties include General Chemistry 111 and 112 as well as General and Organic Chemistry laboratories. She is also the General Chemistry laboratory coordinator serving nearly 1000 students per year.
In her spare time, Victoria enjoys spending time with family, hiking, cycling, and running. She recently completed a half iron-man distance triathlon and is now trying cyclocross racing. She finds teaching tremendously rewarding and is thrilled to be a part of SUNY Oneonta.
DR. ALLAN GREEN, Associate Professor
Teaching specialization: Biochemistry
Courses taught; Intro Biochem, Biochem II, Biochem in Health & Disease
Dr. Green joined the department full time in 2010. He enjoys involving students in his research on fat cell metabolism, but now spends much of his time teaching biochemistry.
DR. JANE KALIKANDA, Lecturer
Teaching Specialty: Organic Chemistry
B.S. in Chemistry (2005): University of Nairobi, Kenya
Before joining SUNY Oneonta in Fall 2012, Dr. Kalikanda carried out postdoctoral research on the synthesis of carbohydrate based compounds for research and development in glycobiology at LuCELLa Biosciences Inc. based in Ames, Iowa and then at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada under the supervision of Dr. Pradip Bhowmik.
NICOLE LIPPOLIS, Lecturer
Nicole Lippolis, Lecturer
Nicole Lippolis has a B.S. in Chemistry from Dowling College and an M.S. in Biochemistry from Queens College. She has experience in industry working as a laboratory scientist for Antech Diagnostics, ICON Central Laboratories, and ENZO Life Sciences. She taught chemistry at Suffolk Community College and Molloy College before joining SUNY Oneonta in Fall of 2014.
DR. MAURICE O. ODAGO, Assistant Professor
B.Ed Science Chemistry and Math, Egerton University, Kenya (2000)
Dr. Odago started his teaching career in Kenya, where he taught chemistry and math in high school for 3 years before joining graduate school at SUNY Binghamton. While in graduate school, he served as a head-teaching assistant and as an instructor of record for many chemistry courses. Dr. Odago was the recipient of the Graduate Student University's Award for Excellence in Teaching Chemistry (2007). He also served as a tutor for the Trio program at Binghamton University and as an instructor of chemistry at SUNY-Broome Community College.
DR. JOHN C. SCHAUMLOFFEL, Professor
Teaching Specialty: Analytical Chemistry
John Schaumloffel's interests are in analytical and environmental chemistry education and the cycling and accumulation of trace elements in organisms, sediments, soils and ground and surface waters. After finishing his B.A. degree in Natural Sciences (Geology and Chemistry) from Castleton State College, he relocated to Pullman, Washington to attend Washington State University (GO COUGS!). There he studied the accumulation of trace elements and heavy metals in tree growth rings as well as the oxidation of metal sulfide minerals in contaminated freshwater lakes and rivers. After a brief post-doctoral experience at WSU, Dr. Schaumloffel served as a Lecturer in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry in the same department for two years. He then spent two years at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (www. umassd.edu) as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. In 2001, Dr. Schaumloffel joined the faculty at SUNY Oneonta and is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry, and served as Department Chair for the last two years.
His research interests have spurred Dr. Schaumloffel (and several excellent colleagues in the departments of Secondary Education, Physics & Astronomy, and Earth Sciences), to have helped to secure more than $1.1 million dollars in external federal funding for SUNY Oneonta since 2003.
Dr. Schaumloffel will be on sabbatical during the 2009-10 academic year, beginning in June 2009.
DR. TRUDY E. THOMAS-SMITH, Assistant Professor
Teaching Specialties: Analytical Chemistry, General Chemistry
Dr. Thomas-Smith earned her Ph.D. in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry at the University of Maryland College Park. Since joining the the department she has taught the Analytical Chemistry Course Sequence: CHEM 361 and CHEM 362, the General Chemistry Course Sequence: CHEM 111 and CHEM 112, a special topics course in Electrochemistry and the seminar course Discussions in Chemistry.
Dr. Thomas-Smith’s research interests fall into three categories, they are (1) basic Analytical Chemistry in which portable analytical instruments are designed, constructed and tested. (2) Environmental Chemistry in which the concentration and fate of emerging contaminants of the from personal care products and pharmaceuticals in natural waters are determined and (3) History of Science which involves the examination of the role of Black, African American and other Scientists from ethnic minority groups in the scientific enterprise and societal recognition of that role.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Thomas-Smith is particularly interested in fostering an inclusive campus climate and serves on several committees such as GAIN (Graduation Advocacy Information Network), a committee aimed at ensuring (particularly AALANA) student retention and graduation. Dr. Thomas-Smith also likes to keep up with and discuss Chemistry in Industry: particularly the pharmaceutical industry and to help our majors explore potential opportunities in preparation for graduation.
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Interests other than chemistry and education: Reading psychological thrillers, houseplants, travel, spending time with her husband and two sons.
DR. WILLIAM J. (BILL) VINING, (Chair) Professor
Teaching Specialties: General (freshman) Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry
Dr. Bill Vining graduated SUNY Oneonta in 1981. He earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985, and worked several years in the industry as a "laundry scientist" at Johnson Wax. Dr. Vining returned to Oneonta in 1988 as an assistant professor at Hartwick College. In 1996, he moved on to UMass Amherst, and directed their General Chemistry program, which serves 1400 students every semester. He was awarded the University of Massachusetts Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999, and the UMass College of Natural Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award in 2003. At UMass, he also ran a research group dedicated to developing interactive educational software, which included 15 professionals, graduate students, undergraduates, post-doctoral students, programmers, and artists. 100,000 chemistry students a year across the country now use the OWL interactive electronic homework system, authored by Dr. Vining and his UMass collaborators.
In 2005, Bill Vining came back "home" to his alma mater SUNY Oneonta. He thoroughly enjoys the high level of personal interaction possible with students and faculty in a small-to-medium department like ours. Dr. Vining's students have opportunities to undertake independent study projects under his guidance. And he continues his research efforts to incorporate the latest innovations in computer technology to create superior methods of chemistry education.
PRITI TIWARI, Lecturer
Priti Tiwari, Lecturer
Dr. Tiwari earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her research interest is in the field of drug discovery and development specifically involving small molecule screening for therapeutics. She has extensively worked on evaluating the effect of resveratrol, a potent biomolecule and its synthetic analogs as anti-cancer, anti-obesity and anti-inflammation drugs using advanced techniques in molecular biology and cell biology.
Dr. P or Miss. Pretty as the students call her has played an instrumental role at the White Plains Youth Bureau's After School Connection STEM Initiative to stimulate and support White Plains elementary and middle school students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). She designed, directed and lead many of the after school sessions herself creating a safe, stimulating and engaging environment for the students to develop and explore their interest in these fields of the future. She was also involved with the G.I.R.L.S academy at White Plains Youth bureau aimed at providing mentoring and leadership training for girls.
She finds teaching a very rewarding experience and is excited to be a part of SUNY Oneonta where teaching excellence and student-centered learning lie at the foundation of this community. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, running, reading and painting.
Sheila Birkett, Secretary of Chemistry and Physics
Christine Barnes, Departmental Instructional Support Technician
Allen Anderson, School of Natural Science and Mathematics Science Technician