Assistant Professor of Chemistry
How long have you been teaching at Rio?
This is my 26th year.
Over the years how many different courses have you taught? (estimate if you can’t remember exactly )
What is your favorite course to teach at Rio…and why?
Organic chemistry. Because of its relationship and importance to other subjects such as polymer chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmaceutical chemistry. Also the synthesis of organic compounds can be a very creative process; it can be thought of as the “toolbox” for the above branches of chemistry.
In your discipline (i.e., chemistry). what individual (or two or three) would you most like to spend a day with so you could pick their brain? (you can choose someone no longer walking the planet…)
Nikola Tesla. Even though he was not a chemist per se, many of his discoveries were important in nuclear and physical chemistry and spectroscopy; and he was a pure genius.
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite all-time movie (or two)?
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
What is your favorite hobby/past-time activity?
Music and history.
If you were not a “chemistry professor”, what would you like to do as a profession—disregarding whether it paid more or less than what you are making now?
Actor or singer/songwriter.
Describe the one aspect of teaching you like the least. (Preparing exams and/or quizzes? Grading? Preparing a syllabus? Developing a new course? Lectures? Labs? Other?) Grading.
How many years did it take you to earn your B.S. degree?
What century did your earn your B.S. degree in?
What set of circumstances resulted in your becoming a chemist?
A professor at Rio Grande College, Mr. Ron Tucceri, was a big influence.
If you could choose to live anywhere else on this planet (i.e., not counting Rio Grande), where would it be and why?
Virginia, because of the history.
Identify one “thing” from “the good old days.”
LP and 45 rpm records
What is your favorite quote?
“Wherever you go, there you are”
-Buckaroo Bonzai 1984