Chemistry Faculty

Katherine M. Walstrom
Chair, Division of Natural Sciences
Associate Professor of Biochemistry (941) 487-4493

Ph.D., Cornell University
B.S., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

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 PCRRT-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.

Paul H. Scudder
Professor of Chemistry (941) 487-4275

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
B.S., Stanford University

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.

Suzanne E. Sherman
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., State University of New York at Albany

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.

Steven Shipman
Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry (941) 487-4450

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Rice University

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.

[Did you know?]

The Division of Natural Sciences hosts a series of lectures throughout the academic year on a variety of topics. The lectures are held at the Heiser Natural Sciences Building's Soo Bong Chae Auditorium.

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