J. Dan Skean, Jr.

SkeanDanProfessor of Biology

B.S., Western Kentucky University, 1980
M.S., North Carolina State University, 1982
Ph.D., University of Florida, 1989

Appointed: 1988

Expertise Areas: plant systematics, Melastomataceae, floristics

Current Courses:
Biology 195: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity

Biology 206: Tropical Forest & Reef Biology

Biology 207: Biology of Subtropical Florida

Biology 216: Vascular Plants

LA101: Plants and Human Affairs

Research Interests:
Dr. Dan Skean is interested in the systematics of angiosperms, i.e., the classification and evolutionary relationships of flowering plants, especially those belonging to the family Melastomataceae. Skean has conducted floristic inventories in the eastern U.S. and Caribbean, and has current research projects in southern Michigan and on the island of Hispaniola. Skean's research involves data from many sources--morphology, anatomy, and field ecological studies, which are used in computer-assisted phenetic and cladistic analyses to estimate phylogeny, i.e., evolutionary history. Presently Skean is studying the systematics of the genus Calycogonium DC. Incorporating data from diverse approaches, Skean's research makes many different undergraduate projects possible.

Selected publications:

Judd, W.S, J.D. Skean, Jr., Clase, T., and G. M. Ionta. 2008. Taxonomic studies in the Miconieae (Melastomataceae). IX. Calycogonium formonense, a new species from the Massif de la Hotte, Haiti.Brittonia 60: 265-270.

Michelangeli, F.A., W.S. Judd, D.S. Penneys, J.D. Skean, Jr., E.R. Becquer, R. Goldenberg, and C.V. Martin. 2008. Multiple events of dispersal and radiation of the tribe Miconieae (Melastomataceae) in the Caribbean. Bot. Rev. 74: 53-77.

Skean, J.D. Jr., W.S. Judd, T. Clase, and B. Peguero. 2010. Calycogonium bairdianum (Melastomataceae: Miconieae), a new species from the Cordillera Central, Dominican Republic. Brittonia 62(3): 210-14.

Albion College Plant Image Database


Douglas W. White

WhiteDouglasVisiting Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1976
M.S., University of Tennessee, 1978
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1989

Appointed: 1995

Current Courses:
Biology 195: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity

Environment 102: Introduction to the Environment

Environment 201: Ecology and Environmental Field Trip

LA101: Art and the Environment

Research Interests:
Dr. White is an ecologist whose research focuses on coevolutionary interactions between fruit-eating animals, particularly birds, and fleshy- fruited plants. He has studied the nutritional composition and physical characteristics of temperate and tropical fruits, avian feeding preferrences, seasonal patterns of fruit use, interactions between feeding capacities of birds and fruit size, and patterns of avian seed deposition. His other research interests are (1) avian population biology including studies of interspecific competition and nesting microclimate in cavity-nesting birds, (2) ptilochronology, using feather growth rates to assess nutritional status in birds, and (3) evaluation and conservation of remnants of native forest which are jeopardized by development. Outside biology, Dr. White enjoys building reproductions of Shaker furniture.

Selected Publications:
Kennedy, E. D. and D. W. White. 2002. Form and function: Feeding in birds. Wilson Ornithological Society's Manual of Field and Laboratory Exercises for Ornithology.

Kennedy, E. D. and D. W. White. 1997. Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii). In The Birdsof North America, No. 315 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and The American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.

White, D. W. and E. D. Kennedy. 1997. Effect of egg covering and habitat on nest destruction by House Wrens. Condor 99:873-879.

Kennedy, E. D. and D. W. White. 1996. Interference competition from House Wrens as a factor in the decline of Bewick's Wrens. Conservation Biology 10:281-284.

Jeffrey C. Carrier

CarrierJ--655 cropEmeritus Professor of Biology

B.S., University of Miami 1971
M.S., University of Miami 1973
Ph.D., University of Miami 1974

Appointed: 1979

Retired: 2010

Expertise Areas: Reproductive behaviors, and growth and movements of nurse sharks of the Florida Keys

Research Interests:

Dr. Carrier is a physiologist whose primary research interests concern aging, growth, migration, and reproductive biology of nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum) in the Florida Keys. Carrier and his colleagues have systematically studied a breeding population of sharks for more than eighteen years and have documented the relationship between the breeding population and the research site, now a protected area. The studies have further revealed the gestation period for this species, demonstrated multiple paternity in litters, and have begun to unravel an intricate social order in this little studied group of marine fish. His most recent investigations have employed remote sensing technologies to track short and long-term movements of sharks and, in collaboration with the Remote Imaging Laboratory of the National Geographic Society, have used animal-borne video and data recording systems (CritterCam) to explore more intimate aspects of shark mating behaviors. Carrier and his students have appeared in 17 shows produced for network and cable television ranging from National Geographic Explorer, CritterCam Chronicles, and Discovery Channel specials to Florida Public Television documentaries and segments for Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures and Fox's Wild Animal Moments.


What you’ll study.

Chemistry and biochemistry. Meaning: molecules; theories of molecular structure and function; quantum mechanical models; intermolecular forces; reaction dynamics and kinetics; complex biological and inorganic chemical equilibria; and more. Plus, you’ll consider how chemistry contributes to our understanding of the world. All within an American Chemical Society-accredited program. Majors and minors.

What you’ll do.

Synthesize new molecules. Make nanoparticles. Find the calorie content in snack foods. Use lab instruments highlighted in your favorite CSI program. Ask big questions and learn to solve big problems. Conduct research. Think, act and communicate like a molecular scientist. Share results with other scientists at a national meeting. Student opportunities.

Where you’ll go.

Work in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry. Go to graduate school. Continue study in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, public health, nutrition, forensics, or law. Save the environment. With your problem-solving skills and liberal arts background, you can also pursue careers in business, marketing, Hollywood, and elsewhere. Potential career paths.

1 year Visiting Professor position in Chemistry



POSITION:                    A one year position for the 2012 – 2013 school year.   

QUALIFICATIONS:      Applicants should have experience in teaching introductory chemistry at the college or university level.  A Ph D. is preferred, but consideration will be given to an advanced graduate student desiring teaching experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Teaching responsibilities include introductory general chemistry (lecture and laboratory) as part of the general chemistry program with the possibility of participating in the teaching of advanced classes/ labs.

DEPARTMENT:            The Chemistry Department at Albion College is certified by the American Chemical Society and provides a stimulating teaching environment.  The eight faculty members have a long tradition of commitment to quality teaching of undergraduates.  Two majors are offered by the department: Chemistry and Biochemistry.  The curriculum, although traditional in many respects, has some novel features including a unique general chemistry sequence that includes a systematic introduction to inorganic chemistry in the second semester and a second-year organic course emphasizing mechanism.  Extensive use of discovery and research-based experiments is made throughout the laboratory curriculum.  Departmental instrumentation includes a 400 MHz NMR, GC-MS (2), HPLC, LCMS, IC, Biochromatography system, digital polarimeter, ICP-AES, FTIR (3), scanning UV/Vis, diode array UV-Vis (3), UV/Vis-Fluorescence microplate reader, fluorescence spectrometer, and electroanalytical instruments.  See www.albion.edu/chemistry for more information about our department and facilities including our recently completed Science Complex.

INSTITUTION:              Albion College is a private liberal arts college of 1500 students. It is situated in a culturally diverse community in south-central Michigan within an hour's drive of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University. Albion is dedicated to the highest quality in undergraduate education and committed to diversity as a core institutional value. The College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.  A member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Albion is also associated with the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (formerly the "Oberlin 50") and the Annapolis Group - national organizations of Liberal Arts colleges.  Visit our Web site at www.albion.edu.


APPLICATION:             To apply, send curriculum vitae, photocopies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to the address below. Review of applications will begin March 8th, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.  

Dr. Lisa B. Lewis, co-Chair                        
Department of Chemistry                                         Phone: 517-629-0252
Albion College                                                          FAX: 517-629-0264
Albion, MI 49224                                                     Email:

Graduate School

Students work closely with their professors in Albion College's chemistry program.

Thinking about graduate school in chemistry? Check out pdfthis article from the American Chemical Society (ACS).The ACS has also put together a great website devoted to helping you get in to the school of your dreams. Come and talk to any of the chemistry department faculty for more information about graduate school!

A few of things you can do to help prepare for graduate study:

  • Gain experience in the laboratory by looking for chemistry related summer positions. See our Summer Opportunities web page for more information.

  • Register your information on the Council on Undergraduate Research - Registry of Undergraduate Researchers database. Fill out a form with some of your information so grad schools can recruit you!


Stay in touch with your former colleagues and professors. Keep us informed on changes in your careers by connecting through e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter. A list of graduates from recent years are below:

Graduates from the 2010s
     Class of 2011
     Class of 2010

Graduates from the 2000s
      Class of 2009
      Class of 2008
      Class of 2007
      Class of 2006
      Class of 2005
      Class of 2004
      Class of 2003
      Class of 2002
      Class of 2001
      Class of 2000       

Graduates from the 1990s
      Class of 1999
      Class of 1998
      Class of 1997
      Class of 1996
      Class of 1995
      Class of 1994

 Please let us know about any updates!

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Albion Students Prepare for Ironman Event

Chris Omerza, ’12, is devoting a sizable chunk of his summer to science. As a participant in Albion College’s Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA), the biochemistry major is trying to determine which groups of electrons should be used to maximize magnetic interactions.

When Omerza does get out of the lab, however, it’s often not for rest and relaxation. Rather, he is most likely training for the Sept. 11 Ironman event in Madison, Wis. Omerza, who completed the Racing for Recovery half-Ironman in Monroe on June 5, will be joined in the Wisconsin race by Luke Holly, ’12. Omerza and Holly will be tested by a 2.4-mile swim on Lake Monona, a 112-mile bike ride that includes two 40-mile loops through rural Dane County, and a 26.2-mile marathon through downtown Madison streets and the University of Wisconsin campus.

Omerza, who hails from Honor and graduated from Leelanau High School, became Holly’s roommate during their sophomore year after Holly’s original roommate joined a fraternity. The two met during their first semester at Albion and made the decision to pursue an Ironman event and become training partners. Despite training together while participating in FURSCA last summer, the timing of registration forced them to wait for this year to actually begin competition.

“Luke had randomly mentioned that his life goal was to complete an Ironman by the time he was 25 years old,” Omerza said. “We tried to do it last summer, but we found that all of the races for the summer of 2010 were closed because registration typically closes 364 days before the event.”

Holly’s training was made more difficult by a challenging academic load during the 2011 spring semester. The biology and economics and management double major from Cadillac, who is also active in the Chapel and Campus Crusade leadership teams and serves as treasurer of the hockey club, devoted the bulk of his time to studying for the Medical College Admission Test, which forced him to reassess his original performance goal.

“My training suffered a bit, but studies come first,” Holly said. “I had made a goal of finishing in less than 12 hours. I have let go of the time goal and I’m just going to finish the race and take that as an accomplishment.

“The [December-January] break between fall and winter semesters was the best [training] time for me,” Holly added. “Training didn’t have to compete with all of the things I’m involved in.”

Omerza, meanwhile, was 21st in a field of 150 individuals to complete the Monroe event. His time of 5 hours, 5 minutes has placed him in the category he calls “competitive hobbyists,” and he has established a long-term goal of qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

“Qualification in the World Championship is based on your rank and the number of competitors in your age group,” Omerza said.

The Tie That Binds
For Omerza and Holly, rising early is a prerequisite for carving training time into their schedules. Holly said he wakes at 5 a.m. to get his running in before heading to his full-time summer job; he completes his biking or swimming session in the evening.

“I try to do each sport four days a week with each sport having its own long day,” Holly said. “By the max portion of training I’ll be doing bike rides of 40 miles, with 60-80 miles on the long days, runs averaging eight miles, with longer runs up to 15 miles, and the swimming distance depends on what I’m doing [with the other two sports].”

Omerza added, “I get up early and do homework in every five- and 10-minute time shot I have. I’m never sitting around doing nothing.”

Omerza and Holly were not roommates during the 2010-2011 academic year, so a heavy-sleeping roommate is crucial during the winter months. Omerza said that while he can run outdoors in a T-shirt in the cold, biking is done on a trainer in his room. To pass the time while pedaling, he has watched every episode of Dexter available on DVD and has lost count of the number of movies he has seen.

“I would get up at 7 or 8 on Saturday and I could ride to noon or 1 o’clock and my roommate could sleep through it,” Omerza said. “Biking inside really stinks.”

‘Legendary’ Runs to the Grocery Store
Nutrition is just as important as the physical training, and Omerza and Holly report a diet high in carbohydrates and protein.

“We buy as much chicken as Sam’s Club will let us,” Omerza joked.

Holly added, “I’ve always been a big eater, but we have had some legendary Sam’s Club runs for chicken and pasta.”


Recent publications of Albion College Chemistry faculty and students:

  • "Transformation of Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) by Permanganate" C. Chokejaroenrat, S.D. Comfort, C.E. Harris, D.D. Snow, D. Cassada, C. Sakulthaew, and T. Satapanajaru, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2011, 45 (8), pp 3643–3649  http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es104057v

  • "Real-time dissociation dynamics of the Ne2Br2 van der Waals complex"  J.M. Pio, M.A. Taylor, W.E. van der Veer, C.R. Bieler, J.A. Cabrera, and K.C. Janda, J. Chem. Phys., 133, 014305 (2010). http://link.aip.org/link/doi/10.1063/1.3456550

  • "Clean, Green Chiral Reactions-Just Add a Salt" A.N. French, SCIENCE, 328(5984), 1365 (2010).  http://www.sciencemag.org/content/328/5984/1365.full

  • "NeCl2 and ArCl2: Transition from Direct Vibrational Predissociation to Intramolecular Vibrational Relaxation and Electronic Nonadiabatic Effects" C.R. Bieler, K.C. Janda, R. Hernandez-Lamoneda, and O. Roncero, J. Phys. Chem. A, 114(9),  3050 (2010).


  • "Building Blocks for Molecule-Based Magnets: Radical Anions and Dianions of Substituted 3,6-Dimethylenecyclohexane-1,2,4,5-tetrones as Paramagnetic Bridging Ligands" A.W. Misiolek, A.S. Ichimura, R.A. Gentner, R.H. Huang, V.P. McCaffrey, J.E. Jackson, Inorg Chem 48(18), 9005 (2009). 


  • "Gastrointestinal biodurability of engineered nanoparticles: Development of an in vitro assay" P.N. Wiecinski PN, K.M. Metz,  A.N. Mangham AN, K.H Jacobson, R.J. Hamers, J.A. Pedersen, Nanotoxicology,  3(3), 202 (2009). http://search.ebscohost.com/

  • "Engineered Nanomaterial Transformation under Oxidative Environmental Conditions: Development of an in vitro Biomimetic Assay", K.M Metz, A.N. Mangham, M.J. Bierman, S. Jin, R.J. Hamers, and J.A. Pedersen, Env. Sci & Tech, 43(5), 2009, 1598-1604. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es802217y

  • "Quantum Dot Nanotoxicity Assessment Using the Zebrafish Embryo" T.C. King-Heiden, P.N. Wiecinski, A.N. Mangham, K.M. Metz, D. Nesbit, J.A. Pedersen, R.J. Hamers, W. Heideman, R.E. Peterson, Env. Sci Tech, 43(5), 1605 (2009).  http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es801925c

  • "Catalytic Enantioselective alpha-Oxysulfonylation of Ketones Mediated by Iodoarenes" S.M. Altermann, R.D. Richardson, T.K. Page, R.K. Schmidt, E. Holland, U. Mohammed, S.M. Paradine, A.N. French, C. Richter, A.M. Bahar, B. Witulski, T. Wirth,  Euro J Org Chem. 31,     5315 (2008).  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejoc.200800741/abstract

  • "Product state resolved excitation spectroscopy of He-, Ne-, and Ar-Br2 linear isomers: Experiment and theory" J.M. Pio, W.E. van der Veer, C.R. Bieler, K.C. Janda J. Chem Phys., 128, 134311 (2008).

  • "Three-component synthesis and anticancer evaluation of polycyclic indenopyridines lead to the discovery of a novel indenoheterocycle with potent apoptosis inducing properties" Madhuri Manpadi, Pavel Y. Uglinskii, Shiva K. Rastogi, Karen M. Cotter, Yin-Shan C. Wong, Lisa A. Anderson, Amber J. Ortega, Severine Van slambrouck, Wim F. A. Steelant, Snezna Rogelj, Paul Tongwa, Mikhail Yu. Antipin, Igor V. Magedov and Alexander Kornienko, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 5, 3863-3872 (2007). Link to article
  • "Time and frequency resolved dynamics of ArBr2" Jose Cabrera, Craig R. Bieler, Natalie McKinney, Wytze E. van der Veer, Jordan M. Pio, Kenneth Janda, and Octavio Roncero J. Chem. Phys. 127, 164309 (2007).  http://link.aip.org/link/doi/10.1063/1.2794332
  • "Enantioselective alpha-oxytosylation of ketones catalysed by iodoarenes" Richardson, Robert D., Page, T. Keri, Altermann, Sabine, Paradine, Shauna M., French, Andrew N., Wirth, Thomas SYNLETT 4, 538-542 (2007).
  • "New insights from MALDI-ToF MS, NMR, and GC-MS: mass spectrometry techniques applied to palynology" Moore SEM, Hemsley AR, French AN, Dudley E, Newton RP PROTOPLASMA 228(1-3), 151-157 (2006).
  • "Time-dependent pump-probe spectra of NeBr2" Jose A. Cabrera, Craig R. Bieler, Benjamin C. Olbricht, Wytze E. van der Veer, and Kenneth C. Janda J. Chem. Phys. 123, 054311 (2005).
  • "Chemically induced dynamic electron spin polarization-detected energy transfer. Substrate size effects and solvent dependence" V. P. McCaffrey, M.D.E. Forbes, J. of Physical Chemistry A 109 (22): 4891-4898 JUN 9 2005.
  • "Time-resolved EPR studies of main chain radicals from acrylic polymers. Structural characterization at high temperatures" V.P. McCaffrey, M.D.E. Forbes Macromolecules, 38 (8): 3334-3341 APR 19 2005.
  • "A curriculum skills matrix for development and assessment of undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory programs" B. Caldwell, C. Rohlman, M. Benore-Parsons, Biochem Molec Bio Educ., 32(1), 11 (2004).
  • "Tetrahydrofuranylation of Alcohols using Hypervalent Iodine Reagents", Andrew N. French, J. Cole, and Thomas T. Wirth, Synlett, 2004, 13, 2291.
  • "Iodine Electrophiles in Stereoselective Reactions: Recent Developments and Synthetic Applications" Andrew N. French, S. Bissmire, and T. Wirth, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2004, 33, 354.
  • "Novel Lactonization with Phenonium Ion Participation Induced by Hypervalent Iodine Reagents" Amanda C. Boye, D. Meyer, Crystal K. Ingison, Andrew N. French, T. Wirth, Organic Letters, 2003, 5, 2157-2159.


Donations to the Chemistry Department

Want to make a difference? Consider donating to the chemistry department. There are several funds that you can choose from. Simply indicate your preference when donating to Albion College.

The Chemistry Department Gift Fund

This is the most widely used account. Donations to the gift fund are used for a variety of purposes. Money has been used in the past to purchase instrumentation, to pay for expenses associated with seminar speakers at Albion College, and to help fund travel for students and faculty. Gifts to this account maintain the high quality of chemistry education at Albion College.

The John Crump Endowment for Undergraduate Research

Money in this endowment fund is used to support faculty/student collaborative research in chemistry.

The David W. Green Chemistry Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in 2007 to remember the legacy of Dr. David W. Green, a former student and professor at Albion College. This scholarship will be awarded to a student each year.

The Daniel M. Steffenson Chemistry Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in 2008 to honor Professor Dan Steffenson. Dr. Steffenson taught physical chemistry at Albion College from 1967-2008. This scholarship will be awarded to a student each year.

Albion Students Prepare for Ironman Event

 Chris Omerza, ’12, is devoting a sizable chunk of his summer to science. As a participant in Albion College’s Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA), the biochemistrymajor is trying to determine which groups of electrons should be used to maximize magnetic interactions.


Seminars - archives

Spring 2010

  • Friday, February 19, 2010 Dr. Nils Walter, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Scientists Watching Action Movies: Real-Time Single Molecule Fluorescence Imaging of Natural and Engineered Nucleic Acid-Protein Nanomachines

Fall 2009

  • Friday, September 11, 2009 Rose-Anne Meissner ('03), Northwestern University
  • Genetic Control of Circadian Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Friday, September 18, 2009 Bakthan Singaram, UC Santa Cruz
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydride – The Dual Personality of Lithium Aminoborohydrides
  • Friday, October 2, 2009 Jayme Cannon ('04), Merck
  • Pharmaceutical Vaccine Formulation
  • Friday, October 2, 2009 Craig Streu ('04)
  • Bioactive Organometallic Complexes: From Structure to Function
  • Friday, October 16, 2009 Mike Lammers, Johnson-Diversy, Inc.
  • The specialty chemical industry, specifically focused on the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors served by the Johnson Diversey Food & Beverage Group
  • THURSDAY, October 29, 2009 Wilfred Van der Donk, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Title TBA

Spring 2009

  • Friday, February 13, 2009 Gabrielle Bielak Thurlow('00), On Assignment, Inc.
  • A Path Less Taken... A Road Less Traveled
  • Friday, February 27, 2009 Bruce Baldwin, Spring Arbor University
  • Carrots, Ferrocene and Biodiesel: Current Organic Chemistry Research at Spring Arbor University
  • Friday, March 20, 2009 Matt Allen, Wayne State University
  • Increasing the Utility of Contrast Agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using Lanthanide Chemistry
  • Friday, March 27, 2009 Bryan Kusiak, Huron Technologies
  • Chemistry in Industry: Putting that Albion College Education to Work

Fall 2008

  • Friday, September 5, 2008
  • Robert Halcomb, IBM
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Friday, October 3, 2008
  • Valerie McCarthy, BASF
  • A computational study of chemical systems: I. A theoretical investigation of clathrate hydrates II. Conformational potential energy surface of tryptamine
  • Friday, October 17, 2008
  • Kevin J. Kubarych, University of Michigan
  • Friday, November 14, 2008
  • Greg Girolami, UIUC

Spring 2008

  • Friday, February 8, 2008
  • Bryce Marquis, University of Minnesota
  • Friday, February 22, 2008
  • Chris Marshall, Argonne National Laboratory
  • "Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane over Nanostructured Membrane Catalysts"
  • Friday, March 28, 2008
  • Prof. George Garcia, University of Michigan

Fall 2007

  • Friday, September 28, 2007
  • P.V. Ramachandran, Purdue University
  • "Boron Chemistry"
  • Friday, October 12
  • Amanda Boye, University of Illinois
  • "Poly(ADP-ribose) Metabolism: From PARP Substrates to PARG Inhibitors."
  • Friday, November 9
  • Andrew Knight, Loyola University
  • "Green Chemistry"

Spring 2007

  • Friday, February 9, 2007
  • Bradley Stish - University of Minnesota Cancer Center
  • "Design Purification and Evolution of a Recombinant Immunotoxin for Carcinoma Therapy"
  • Friday, February 23, 2007
  • Jackie Day (Albion 2001) - Senior associate scientist for Pfizer Research Global Research & Development.
  • "From Gene To Structure: Structure Based Drug Design"
  • Friday, April 13, 2007
  • Scott Silverman - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • "DNA as a Catalyst, Constraint, and Sensor"

Fall 2006

  • Friday, September 15, 2006
  • Shauna Paradine,
  • "Synthesis and development of chiral hypervalent iodine compounds: an international collaborative project"
  • Sarah Simmons
  • "Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry in Wales"
  • Friday, September 22, 2006
  • Brandon Morrill, Jacob Skeans
  • "The Oxidation of Imidazolium-based Ionic Liquids with Potassium Permanganate"
  • Friday, September 29, 2006
  • Erin Marasco - University of Minnesota
  • Tim Johnson - General Mills
  • Friday, October 27, 2006
  • Robert B. Grubbs - Dartmouth
  • "Building Nanomaterials from the Bottom Up with Block Copolymers"
  • Friday, November 3, 2006
  • Carrie Hensel - Inner Circle Media, Ann Arbor
  • Friday, November 17, 2006
  • Charles Hoogstraten - Michigan State University

Homecoming Reception

The Chemistry Department invites all alumni to our post-football game reception.  We will be in the Putnam-Palenske connector area at the top of the atrium spiral stairs.  Stop by, have a snack, and chat with your Professors and fellow alumni.  Bring a camera !!

Seminars and Upcoming Events


   Homecoming Reception - Science Center Atrium - October 12, 3:00pm



   Unless otherwise stated, seminars are held in Putnam 257 at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

  Fall 2013


Recent Chemistry Department Seminars

Spring 2013

  • Friday, March 1, 2013 – Beth Nichols, Dow Chemical Company
  • Thursday, March 21, 2013 - Katie Wibby, Instructor of Chemistry (Interlochen Arts Academy)


   Fall 2012

  • Friday, October 19, 2012 – Erin Romes ('05), University of North Carolina
  • Friday, October 26, 2012 – Shauna Tschirhart ('08), University of Illinois
  • Friday, November 9, 2012 – Ryan Stowe ('10) Scripps Research Institute (FL)

 Fall 2011

  • Friday, October 14, 2011, Dr. Rachel Martin, University of California, Irvine 
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Dr. Sheila David, University of California, Davis

Spring 2011

No seminars scheduled due to the SCI 401 Cancer course

Fall 2010

  • Friday, September 10, 2010, Albion College Students: Nicholas Herrman ('12) and Jacob Rinkinen ('11)
  • Friday, September 24, 2010, Dr. Kumar Sinniah, Calvin College:  Quartets in G-major
  • Friday, November 5, 2010, Albion College Student:  Kara Sherman ('11)
  • Friday, November 12, 2010, Dr. Art Bragg ('99), Johns Hopkins University
  • Friday, December 3, 2010, Dr. Ryan Sweeder ('97), Michigan State University

Mini Golf Tournament

Annual Chemistry Department Summer Tournament
Miniature Golf












Championship Teams

  • Summer of 2005: Lisa Heerema, Bob Buszek, Kristyn Darmafall, and David Green
  • Summer of 2004: Virginia Cangelosi, Scott Kortlandt, and Chris Smith
  • Summer of 2003: Kristin Brubaker, Tamar Vescoso, and Dan Steffenson
  • Summer of 2002: Anjali Arora, Kim Illg, and David Green; Joe Heinzelmann, Erin Toth, Jessica Mosier, Josh Menig (a 2-team tie)

Britons Receive Teaching Fellowships

Albion College graduates Melanie Kapolka, ’11, and Kristen Karczewski, ’09, are among the first 92 recipients of the W.K. Kellogg-Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship.

According to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, “The three-year fellowship is awarded to promising educators with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Fellows receive $30,000 to pursue a customized master’s degree program that prepares them to teach in high-need urban or rural secondary schools in seven local districts across the state.”

Mole Day 2004

National Mole Day

October 23, 2004

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Students at a restaurant














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Students at restaurant 2

Mole Day 2003

At the Little Red Lunch Box

6:02 AM 10/23





Herrman, '12, Preparing for European Adventure

Nick Herrman, ’12, found his rhythm right away at Albion by effectively balancing his time in the classroom, in the lab, and on stage. Now, it’s the molecular focus of his research that is propelling the biology and chemistrymajor forward—and preparing for a summer in Europe.

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