A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. -Thomas Carruthers


I teach CHEM 1111-General Chemistry I and CHEM 1112- General Chemistry II in Fall and Spring semesters (respectively).

I also teach "The Science of Nuclear Materials" during Fall semesters, and "Nuclear Safeguards and Forensics" during Spring semesters. These are courses within the Elliott School of International Affairs and are aimed at non-technical MS students within the Security Policy Studies and/or International Science and Technology Policy tracks.


PLEASE read my policy on letters of recommendation.

Good grammar matters. Have a look at two of my favorite sites:

The Elements of Style

Common Errors in English

Do not expect a response to any e-mail that uses IM or txt lingo.



Links of special interest to students in the inorganic courses include:

An excellent site at King's College for understanding Close Packed Structures.

More metal structures can be found here.

Making Matter

John Nash's Website at Purdue University is a fantastic Resource.

Rob Torkei's Organometallic Hyper TextBook

It might not be a bad idea to download and install CHIME. This plugin will help you visualize structures through your browser. The above links will do fine without it, but their full potential is best explored with Chime installed.



Some more cool links related to these courses:

Unit Conversions

What's New- Bob Park

Crystallography 101

An excellent intro to symmetry

If anyone ever wants to know why I like crystallography- think snow!

Excellent Chem Links @ CHEMDEX

Periodic Table

Union of Concerned Scientists

Next Wave- Career Resources for Scientists

Food for Thought? Food 101 was a great column in the Washington Post. The author, Robert Wolke, is a professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. Prof Wolke has written a number of books on food chemistry and related topics.

This is funny.

Check out the Molecule of the Month.


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