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Chemistry

The Chemistry major at Roger Williams University prepares students for graduate school, medical school and chemistry-related positions in industry and government. As a Chemistry major you will have the option to pursue either an American Chemical Society (ACS) accredited B.S. degree or a B.A. degree in either Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry. All Chemistry degrees emphasize critical thinking, laboratory skills and independent research.

The Chemistry Department maintains an array of chemical instrumentation to support both laboratory instruction and the diverse research interests of the faculty. Student/faculty research collaborations are highly encouraged and you may join a research group as early as your first year. Student research efforts are supported by external grants, departmental funds and by additional funding opportunities provided by the College of Arts & Sciences and by the University. Chemistry students who endeavor to work at the interface of chemistry and biology, marine biology, environmental science or engineering will find that they can easily contribute their skills to a number of ongoing interdisciplinary research projects.

RWU Chemistry students have presented their research at local, state, regional and national chemistry meetings across the U.S. in venues such as Anaheim, San Diego, Atlanta, Chicago and New Orleans. In the last five years, the Department of Chemistry has brought more than 60 students to national meetings, earning our programs and our highly-active RWU Student Affiliates-ACS Chapter distinguished recognition by the American Chemical Society.

Most recently, the RWU ACS Chapter was honored with the Green Award from the Committee on Education and the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute for their work on biofuels. Only 5% of affiliate groups nationwide receive the Green Award.

Patricia McDevitt
Adjunct Professor
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Patricia McDevitt

Patricia
McDevitt
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John Swanson
Adjunct Professor
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John Swanson

John
Swanson
Adjunct Professor
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Maurice Berg
Adjunct Professor
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Maurice Berg

Maurice
Berg
Adjunct Professor
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Susan McCarthy
Adjunct Professor
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Susan McCarthy

Susan
McCarthy
Adjunct Professor
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David Futoma
Adjunct Professor
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David Futoma

David
Futoma
Adjunct Professor
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Jennifer Pearce
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 2006. B.S. Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida, 1997
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SE127A
Areas of Expertise: 
Biophysics, Non-linear Dynamics, Statistical Mechanics

Jennifer Pearce

Jennifer
Pearce
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 2006. B.S. Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida, 1997
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(401) 254-3566
SE127A
Areas of Expertise: 
Biophysics, Non-linear Dynamics, Statistical Mechanics
Adria C. Updike
Assistant Professor of Physics
B.A. in Physics and Astronomy, Smith College M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics, Clemson University
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(401) 254-3518
SE 131
Areas of Expertise: 
Gamma ray bursts, supernovae, cosmic chemical evolution.

Adria C. Updike

Adria C.
Updike
Assistant Professor of Physics
B.A. in Physics and Astronomy, Smith College M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics, Clemson University
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(401) 254-3518
SE 131
Areas of Expertise: 
Gamma ray bursts, supernovae, cosmic chemical evolution.

Dr. Updike earned her Ph.D. in Physics from Clemson University in 2010 for her dissertation Gamma Ray Bursts as Probes of Dust in the Evolving Universe.  Her Ph.D. adviser was Professor Dieter Hartmann.  She spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher in the Observational Cosmology Lab at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center working with Dr. Eli Dwek before accepting a Visiting Professor of Physics and Astronomy position at Dickinson College.  She began teaching at Roger Williams University in the fall of 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Physics.

Cliff Timpson, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
B.S. California State University, Fullerton, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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MNS 228
Areas of Expertise: 
Photochemical Storage of Solar Energy; Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Inorganic Transition Metal Complexes.

Cliff Timpson

Cliff
Timpson
Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
B.S. California State University, Fullerton, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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MNS 228
Areas of Expertise: 
Photochemical Storage of Solar Energy; Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Inorganic Transition Metal Complexes.

Courses Taught:
CHEM 191 - Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 192 - Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 320/320L - Inorganic Chemistry & Lab
CHEM 430 - Topics in Chemistry (Photochemistry)
CHEM 431 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 421 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 450 - Research in the Chemical Sciences
CORE 101 - Science, Technology and Society

Research Interests:
Photochemical Storage of Solar Energy; Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Inorganic Transition Metal Complexes.

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Lauren Rossi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.A. Wheaton College, Ph.D. Brown University
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GHH 325
Areas of Expertise: 
Synthesis and biological activity of natural products and their analogs

Lauren Rossi

Lauren
Rossi
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.A. Wheaton College, Ph.D. Brown University
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GHH 325
Areas of Expertise: 
Synthesis and biological activity of natural products and their analogs

Courses Taught:
CHEM 301 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 302 - Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 450 - Research in the Chemical Sciences

Research Interests:
Synthesis and biological activity of natural products and their analogs

Stephen K. O'Shea, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Queen Mary's and Westfield College, Ph.D. The National University of Ireland
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MNS 238
Areas of Expertise: 
Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology

Stephen K. O'Shea

Stephen K.
O'Shea
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Queen Mary's and Westfield College, Ph.D. The National University of Ireland
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MNS 238
Areas of Expertise: 
Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology

Courses Taught:
CHEM 191 - Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 192 - Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 201/201L - Environmental Chemistry I & Lab
CHEM 202/202L - Environmental Chemistry II & Lab
CHEM 430 - Topics in Chemistry (Bioinorganic)
CHEM 434 - Advanced Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 421 - Advanced Environmental Chemistry Lab
CHEM 450 - Research in the Chemical Sciences
CORE 101 - Science, Technology and Society

Research Interests:
Biomarker studies with Mercenaria mercenaria to differentiate between organic and heavy metal pollution. Isolation and identification of active natural products.