Ph.D., Cornell University
Professor Walstrom teaches biochemistry and molecular biology courses, laboratories and tutorials. Her interdisciplinary research group studies RNA helicases and gene regulation in the model organism C.elegans, a small nematode. Students in her laboratory utilize techniques such as PCR, RT-PCR, microscopy, cloning, protein purification and enzyme assays. In 2006, Dr. Walstrom and two other Natural Sciences professors received a grant to further their research into animal and plant development and gene expression. Through the grant, New College became one of only a small number of undergraduate institutions to have a real-time PCR instrument to measure DNA and RNA levels in tissue samples taken from organisms.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Professor Scudder teaches the organic chemistry sequence and courses and tutorials in related areas. He regularly offers courses in advanced organic chemistry and in structure elucidation. His current research is in the synthesis of interesting organic compounds for electrochemical and spectroscopic studies, chiral catalysis and enzymatic model studies. Professor Scudder is the author of the text Electron Flow in Organic Chemistry.
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor Sherman teaches inorganic and biological inorganic chemistry by means of courses, laboratories and tutorials. Her research interests span many areas of bioinorganic chemistry including interactions of metals with biological ligands and metals in medicine. She is currently working with students to develop synthetic structural and functional models of the active sites of metalloenzymes that contain manganese and magnesium.
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Professor Shipman teaches courses, labs, and tutorials in physical chemistry. He is interested in spectroscopy of all types. His current research is in the area of rotational (microwave) spectroscopy, which he uses to study the structure and dynamics of small molecules at room temperature. In addition to revealing fundamental information about small molecules in general, these spectroscopic studies are also intended to aid radio astronomers in their search for complex molecules in interstellar space. As part of his research Professor Shipman also makes extensive use of modern methods in computational chemistry which he also incorporates into his teaching.