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A Newsletter of the Chemistry Department at the University of West Florida
FALL 2003
Chemistry News
Charting a Course in the Pursuit of Science
University Happenings
In the past few years, the University has seen some rather extensive changes.
These changes have been associated with the recent
growth experienced University-wide. Student
enrollment has climbed from 7535 in 1990 to 9265 in
2002. We have seen the construction of four new
dormitory complexes with a fifth due to be finished
this fall. The total on-campus student population is
currently ~1250 students - roughly 14% of the total
student enrollment. Several new instructional
buildings have been constructed including the
Physical Sciences Laboratory building (58A)
constructed in 1998. The new building now houses
all General Chemistry laboratories and four modern
lecture rooms. Building 58 has also seen some
major renovations over the last 5-7 years. The two
Organic Chemistry laboratories are now “state-of-the
art” with 20 individual hoods in each - no more
complaints from the Biology Department about
“smelling bananas” every semester. The Advanced
Physical and Inorganic laboratories were given a
similar upgrade to an eight hood setup . A “new and improved” instrument room (it was expanded in size to
~1100 square feet) was also renovated which now houses most of the Chemistry Department’s extensive
collection of scientific instrumentation. Several new faculty research laboratories have enabled the new faculty
members to establish active research programs.
University Happenings
continued on page 7
Recent Departmental Changes
In addition to the building improvements and renovations, there have been many other changes in the facilities
within the chemistry department. Dr. Leo Haar established the Chemical Science Simulation Laboratory
(CSSL) which is equipped with a Silicon Graphic (SGI) Origin 2000 server and five SGI O2 workstations
running MSI Cerius2 molecular modeling software. Students now have an opportunity to become well-trained
in advanced computational chemistry under Dr. Leo Haar’s direction. The CSSL is located in a glassed area
directly across from the Chemistry Department Office. Many other instrument upgrades have been obtained in
the past few years, including:
Varian MercuryPlus 300 MHz NMR
Thermoquest Trace 2000 GC-MS with a solids direct insertion probe
Waters Gel Permeation Chromatograph and RI detector
Varian Fluorimeter
TA Instruments Dynamic Analyzer
and a new Dionex HPLC
Recent Departmental Changes
continued on page 7
Chemistry News
FALL 2003
Chairman’s Letter
Over the last few years, there have been significant changes in the chemistry department personnel and
facilities. Chemistry alumni have been involved in many of these changes.
On the retirement of Ralph Birdwhistell in 1997, a new physical chemist Tim Royappa was hired. Tim
teaches general chemistry as well as physical chemistry and has also added a new course to our curriculum,
“Introduction to Polymer Science”. Tim has won the College Distinguished Teaching Award on two different occasions.
In 1999 we were able to hire 1980 alumnus and Monsanto Award winner, Leo ter Haar. At UWF, Leo has
established a Chemical Science Simulation Laboratory equipped with Silicon Graphics workstations. He has
developed several new courses which include: “Molecular Modeling” “Computational Chemistry,” and “Materials
Chemistry and Engineering”. These have added significantly to the variety of our offerings. Also in 1999, another
chemistry graduate joined our department as lecturer in chemistry and Coordinator of Laboratories. Pamela
Tanner will be known to many of you from her time as Stores Manager for our building. Since joining our department
Pamela has written and assembled new laboratory manuals, developed new experiments, and significantly improved
our lower division laboratory courses.
When Bill Halpern retired two years ago he was replaced by Mike Huggins, a 1996 graduate of our
program and also a Monsanto Award winner. Mike teaches organic chemistry along with Jerry Gurst. He has
been active in establishing a research laboratory and already has several undergraduate students working on a
variety of projects.
Clifford Chang retired this June, and Grace Chiu retires at the end of October. Both have been at UWF
since 1968. Tara Sirvent has filled Cliff’s position. Tara will be developing a course in chemical biology that all
chemistry majors will take to meet the latest ACS biochemistry requirements. She will also start a research
program in natural products chemistry. She brings to the department an expertise in biology and molecular
biology techniques and provides interface between our department and the biology department.
Unfortunately, Grace Chiu had to take sick leave for the entire 2002-03 academic year. In her absence,
Lois Dixon, a 1976 UWF graduate and Monsanto Award winner (PhD, University of Florida) and faculty member at
P.J.C. taught the instrumental analysis course. As of this time, we have not yet been given authorization to begin
a faculty search for an analytical chemist to take over from Grace. This is a major concern since instrumental
methods of analysis is a requirement for all ACS approved degree tracks.
Several other alumni have made significant contributions to our program. Martha Sarasua (1975, PhD,
MD, University of North Carolina ) teaches for us as adjunct instructor, Karen (Wink) Barnes (1980) and Mitch
Bogle (2002) were responsible for the transfer of used but valuable equipment from their companies to our
department and Larry Tucker (1978) arranged for his company (Brinkman Instruments) to donate a new titrator.
We thank all of you who have made donations to the Chemistry Foundation Account. In another section we list the
scholarship awardees for the 2002-03 academic year.
Two years ago the department established an Advisory Board to make recommendations on new directions
and program improvements. The Board has met twice and has made many helpful suggestions. Larry Manziek
(1969, PhD University of Florida) and Bob Andrews (1985, MD, University of South Alabama) are the alumni
members of our Advisory Board. Our board also includes: Dr. Dale Poulter (University of Utah); Dr. Gene LeMay
(University of Nevada, Reno); Dr. Sandra Etheridge (Gulf Coast Community College); Dr. Rufina Alamo (Florida
State University); Dr. Alan Ford (Environmental Chemistry Division, ACS); Dr. Anthony Uriarte (Director of Research,
Solutia) and Mrs. Glenda Marshman (Washington High School).
With the hiring of new faculty, we have been able to make improvements in our program. As well as
offering the new courses, described above, we have added two new degree tracks. The Chemistry/Pre-dental
track was created by Bill Halpern shortly before his retirement. In this track students complete the first three
years of our biochemistry program and then transfer to the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida. We
also collaborate with the Biology Department in the Biological Chemistry MS program. Again students complete
the first three years of our biochemistry program and then continue into the graduate program. At the end of 5
years students completing the program are awarded simultaneously the BS degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry
and the MS in biological chemistry.
In these days of a declining budget and state support, our main strategic goals relate to maintaining
faculty strength. Currently this means hiring an analytical chemist. Our lower division enrollment is growing
significantly and we would like to hire a coordinator of the organic chemistry laboratories, a comparable position
to Pam Tanner’s position in general chemistry. With the initiation of the four year nursing program and other health
science initiatives, we expect enrollment to continue to increase.
We are currently reviewing the chemistry curriculum and will consider the addition of new ACS approved
tracks in polymer chemistry and environmental chemistry. We are actively encouraging more of our majors to
participate in undergraduate research and to start as early as possible in their undergraduate programs. This year
20 students worked with faculty on research projects. We are also discussing the possibility of offering an honors
degree option that requires research thesis.
With retirement of Bill Halpern, Cliff Chang and Grace Chiu and the hiring of new faculty, the department
is changing. The newer members have better research facilities and equipment and are expected to be active in
directing undergraduate research and in obtaining support for their research. In four years time, Jerry Gurst and
I will be retiring and with this our department will complete the transition to an entirely new faculty.
Chemistry News
FALL 2003
UWF Students
Hard at Work
2003 Awards
Recent Graduate Information Class of 2002-2003
Sara Anastasio - Attending Graduate
School in Material Science at University
of Virginia
Daniel Bradley - Internship at Plasmine
Technologies in Pensacola, FL
Jeremy Bosso - Employed with the Center
for Environmental Diagnostics and
Bioremediation at the University of West
Hilaree Hudson - Applying to Medical
Richard Hawthorne - Applying to Medical
Elisha Josepha - Attending Graduate
School in Chemistry at University of New
Joshua Lee - Attending Graduate School
in Chemistry at Florida State University
Mike LeVaugh - Applying to Physician’s
Assistant School
Randall McDaniel - Employed with the
Center for Environmental Diagnostics
and Bioremediation at the University of
West Florida
Maria Morar -Attending Graduate School
in Chemical Biology at Cornell University
Tracy Marks - Employed as a chemist with
the USDA in Tallahassee, FL
Brian Roberts - Attending Graduate School
in Chemistry at Florida State University
Roy Schleicher - Unknown
Philip Davies - Unknown
Eric Uher - Unknown
Kwok Wong - Unknown
2003 Departmental Awards
Polymer Education Award in Organic
Chemistry - Mandy Harrison
Solutia Award - Brian Roberts and Maria
Merck Award - Richard Hawthorne
Physical Chemistry Award - Dustin Dixon
American Institute of Chemists Award Sara Anastasio
CRC Award in General Chemistry - Ashley
Moore and Janelle R. Wixwat
Analytical Chemistry Award - Allan Turner
Birdwhistell Scholarship - Brian Roberts
Faculty Merit Scholarship - Maria Morar
Chemistry Alumni Scholarships - Elisha
Josepha, Chris Griffey, Sara Anastasio,
and Jennifer Gallagher
Chemistry News
Dean Halonon and Dr. Tanner accept donation from Dr. Robert Peoples,
Director of Carpet Sustainability and Business Development, Solutia, Inc.
Monsanto/Solutia Award Winners
1970 - Larry Manziek
1971 - H. Wayne Richardson
1972 - Richard W. Miller
Irene H. Gerow
1976 - Lois A. Dixon
Adelia R. Vagenas
Thomas A Strickland
1977 - Allen D. Clauss
1978 - Raymond N. Dominey
1979 - Alan K. Schrock
1980 - Leonard W. ter Haar
Kirk R. Birdwhistell
1982 - Deborah M. Dahlin
1983 - M. Charlotte Davis
Robert D. Mariani
1985 - Robert J. Taylor, Jr.
1986 - Lucille A. Combs
1987 - Brandon J. Crickshank
1988 - H. Thomas Etheridge, III
1989 - James Puckett, Jr.
1990 - Aaron P. Monte
1991 - Christopher T. Culbertson
Ernest M. Schubert
1994 - Maria Luisa Jones
1995 - Mike A. Greci
1996 - Michael T. Huggins
1997 - Loren M. Price
1998 - Benjamin S. Harrison
2000 - Amy R. Meyers
Thomas M. Austin, Jr.
2003 - Brian Roberts
Maria Morar
Chemistry Student Research Activities
Dustin Dixon - Summer research at Boston
College with Dr. Larry Scott
11 undergraduate students are actively participating in research projects with UWF
Chemistry Department Faculty
FALL 2003
Alumni News
From time to time, we get updates and news from many of our alumni, unfortunately not as many as we would like.
Please drop us a line with any announcements that you would like to share with the department or other alumni.
You can send us an email at [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected], and we will include
your news in the next installment of the newsletter and post it on the Department’s website. Here are the most
recent tidbits from alumni.
John Morelli (Coaxsys, Chairman and Founder; B.S., UWF 1994)
Prior to founding Coaxsys, in 1998, John Morelli founded Nuron, a company that developed the ecommerce
industry’s fastest hardware encryption solution. Under John’s leadership as President & CEO, Nuron was sold to
Intel in February 2001. John holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of West Florida, and a M.S. in Theoretical
Physical Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.
Michael Summers (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Professor; B.S. UWF, 1980)
From C&EN April 14th, 2003 - Science Concentrates
Molecules identified by researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, bind to a novel target in HIV,
thus opening a new line of attack on AIDS. “These compounds disrupt the assembly of the HIV-1 capsid protein,
which is a vital step in changing immature, noninfectious HIV into its mature, infectious form,” says Michael F.
Summers, UMBC professor of chemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
Chris Culbertson (Kansas State University, Assistant Professor; B.S. UWF 1991)
Recently accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Kansas State University after spending
several years at Oak Ridge National Labs as a Research Scientist. His research interests are focused on
developing novel separation and sample handling components for microfluidic (Lab-on-a-Chip) devices and then
using these devices to solve interesting bioanalytical problems with special emphasis in the areas of protein
separations (proteomics) and single cell analysis.
UWF Faculty Profiles
Clifford Chang
B.S., University of Southern California
PhD., University of Hawaii
University of West Florida since 1968
Peter Tanner, Professor and
Chair of Chemistry
B.S., University of Manchester
M.S., University of Manchester
PhD., University of Manchester
University of West Florida since 1967
Personal Statement
After 34 years, professors Clifford Chang and Grace Chiu will
retire from the chemistry faculty effective June 30, 2003. Both
Personal Statement:
I continue to serve as the chair of the will hold the title of professor emeritus.
department and for the last three years Dr. Chang remains active as a councilor in the American ChemiI have been a member of the College cal Society. He is a member of the Local Section Activities
Chairs Executive Council. I teach Committee (LSAC) and serves in the Technology, Tools, and
General Chemistry and Inorganic Operations subcommittee. Within LSAC, he also chairs the
Chemistry. In Dr. Chui’s absence I have been teaching Analytical Working Group of Senior Chemists.
At the Southeastern Regional ACS Meeting to be held in NoFor the last few years my research has been directed to vember 2003 in Atlanta, Dr. Chang will chair the Senior (Retired
determining the properties and applications of an ion-exchange ?) Chemist Symposium.
material developed by NASA. I cooperate with scientists at
NASA Glenn Research Center, Ohio, where I spent several Grace Chiu, Professor
summers on a faculty fellowship program.
B.S., East Texas Baptist College
In addition to serving on many university and college committees PhD., University of Minnesota
I coordinate the ACS National Chemistry Olympiad Competition University of West Florida since 1968
Specialization Analytical Chemistry
for the Pensacola Section.
Chemistry News
FALL 2003
UWF Faculty Profiles
Personal Statement:
Grace Chiu’s 2002 summer vacation in Toronto was extended
to the summer of 2003 due to surgery and follow-up treatments.
She is feeling well and will retire later this year. She sends her
best regards to all her former students.
were two stalwarts with excellent results as measured by student outcomes. AY 02/03 also marked the addition of two new courses, Molecular
Modeling and Computational Chemistry, to the University Catalog. Development of these courses started in 2000
with the funding of the Chemical Sciences Simulations Laboratory (CSSL).
Over forty-five students have already
benefited from this new initiative in the
curriculum. A third course, Materials
Chemistry & Engineering, has been approved by the University and will appear
in next year’s catalog; four ’03 graduates enrolled in it and survived... kudos to all for having made it work and for giving my
brain ideas on how to improve it for the next time! As a seniorlevel course, I hope it will bridge the gap between the academic
approach of traditional courses and the needs of industry, i.e.,
issues of applied chemistry and engineering with a dose of reality…… timelines, mass & energy balance, materials selection, process scale-up, patents, technical communications
and…… the bottom line. My research continues along the lines
of novel inorganic materials. Four research students contributed to projects on the effects that stereochemical activity of
‘‘lone pairs’’ has on nanoscopic structure-property relationships.
One of next year’’s graduates, Michelle Hester, has played a
vital role in the research and will become the Department’s first
graduate to complete a Chemistry research thesis in the University Honors Program. Elsewhere on campus, the Dean search,
the Provost search, and numerous other committee assignments kept me off the streets…… or is it the boat? I have been
asked to extend my term on the College of Arts & Sciences
(CAS) Council, where I have been serving as vice-Chair. I agreed
to begin serving as CAS Council Chair beginning July, when we
celebrate the arrival of our new Dean. While I won’t represent
Chemistry per se (Peter does that) I look forward to representing and balancing the views and aspirations of the faculty in all
CAS departments with the priorities, challenges, and responsibilities as determined by the Dean and the faculty. Above all
though, the arrival of Fall ’03 means it’s my turn to teach PChem again, and that makes me happy! Hope our new crop of
majors think so too……
Jerome E. Gurst, Professor
A.B., Dartmouth College
PhD., Stanford University
University of West Florida since
Specialization Organic Chemistry,
Stereochemistry and Spectroscopy
Research Interests:
My interests in stereochemistry and
spectroscopy have led to the
publication of a book with my longtime
collaborator, Professor D. A. Lightner
of the University of Nevada, Reno. This
book, with the unwieldly title, Organic Conformational Analysis
and Stereochemistry from Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy, was
published in 2000 by Wiley/VCH.
Currently, I am working with Dr. Lightner and Dr. Huggins on the
preparation of a manuscript to be published by Prentice-Hall.
This will be a text containing about 250 sets of spectra (IR,
Mass Spectra and NMR) for students to use as study materials.
In fact, I will be on sabbatical leave during the Spring Term 2004
during which time, I will be obtaining lots of spectra using UWF’s
excellent facilities.
Teaching Interests:
I am still teaching Organic I, II and III along with the Experimental
I course. Beginning this Fall, Dr. Huggins will join me and we
will jointly teach Experimental I. I hope to turn the Organic III
course over to him in the near future as well.
For the past few years, I have had the pleasure of working with
one of our earliest graduates, Dana Nagle, as we plan a day of
lectures and laboratory experiences for her students in the International Baccalaureate Program at Pensacola High School.
Personal Statement
While I miss the daily contact with Professors Birdwhistell,
Chiu, Chang and Halpern that I have been so used to over the
past 30–35 years, I am delighted to work with the newer staff
members. Welcoming Mike Huggins back to UWF has been a
pleasure and I look forward to working with our newest faculty
member, Tara Sirvent, now that she is on campus.
Michael T. Huggins,
Assistant Professor
B.S. University of West Florida
PhD., University of Nevada, Reno
University of West Florida since 2002
Specialization Organic Chemistry, Molecular Recognition, and Spectroscopy
Courses Taught Organic Chemistry I
and II Experimental I and III
I have begun to plan my exit from the scene. I am participating
in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan which will lead to my
retirement no later than December 2007.
Leonard ter Haar, Professor
B.S., University of West Florida
PhD., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of West Florida since 2000
Research interests:
Currently, my research is focused on
the study of weak interactions (hydrogen bonding, pi-pi stacking, etc) in
small molecule model systems in solution and the solid state as a method to control molecular
recognition events. These efforts are primarily centered in two
Personal Statement
This year’’s teaching assignments brought a range of responsibilities and fun. General Chemistry and Intermediate Inorganic
Chemistry News
FALL 2003
areas: synthesis and characterization of pyrrole-based anion
receptors and preparation of pyridine N-oxides for the study of
weak hydrogen bonds involving C-H groups. I am also involved
in a collaborative research project with Dr. Phillip Ryals in the
Biology department that is designed to prepare various
phosphoinositol isomers.
Personal Statement:
It has been a great pleasure to “come home” and join the UWF
faculty after having spent time here as an undergraduate student. Although, I must admit it was a little strange in the beginning to have colleagues that were once my professors and
The hypericins are a family of red anthraquinones found in the
dark glands that dot the leaf surface and margins of the medicinal plant St. John’s wort, Hypericum perforatum. The family of hypericins is the major bioactive constituents of the herb
and is most likely formed via the polyketide pathway. Hypericin has been at the forefront of many studies investigating
anti-cancer, anti-depressive, anti-microbial activities and antiviral including efficacy against hepatitis C and HIV viruses.
Polyketides are one of the largest classes of secondary metabolites in nature and are produced in pathways similar to
fatty acid biosynthesis using enzymes called polyketide
synthases that catalyze the initial steps of polyketide formation. The goal of my research is to determine the biosynthetic
intermediates and key polyketide synthase(s) involved in the
formation of hypericins in H. perforatum.
Tim Royappa, Assistant Professor
B.S., Indiana University
PhD., Mass. Inst. of Technology
University of West Florida since 1996
Specialization Polymer and Physical
Awards include:
Phi Beta Kappa (1985)
UWF Distinguished Teaching Award
(1998, 2003)
Pamela Tanner, Lecturer
B.S., University of West Florida
PhD., Vanderbilt University
University of West Florida since
Teaching Duties General Chemistry
Fundamentals of General Chemistry
Concepts in Chemistry
Research Interests:
My research interests are mostly
centered on the synthesis of novel functionalized polymers. I
am currently attempting to make new hyperbranched polyethers
by the cationic ring-opening polymerization of glycidol with other
epoxide co-monomers. These polymers have uses in various
coatings applications, ranging from chromatographic stationary phases to coagulation-resistant coatings for nanoparticles.
I am also attempting to derivatize polyglycidol with different
molecules of biological interest, such as amino acids, small
(amino)sugars, peptides, enzymes and cytokines, to create
new biomaterials for a variety of uses. I also have a small effort
directed towards the discovery of new synthetic routes to selfdoped conducting polymers, especially sulfonated polyanilines.
Personal Statement:
We continue to improve our exceptional program with the help of excellent teaching assistants, adjuncts and
preparation personnel. We now prepare and distribute the lab manual entirely at UWF. This eliminates expensive separates and outside publishers. The result
is a dynamic program that continuously incorporates new experiments. With the help of two students, Dodie Ryan and
Jaclyn Pennington, Concepts in Chemistry Lab will conduct
two “Real World Experiments” in the spring of 2004. One
experiment introduces students to arson scene investigation.
Another allows them to explore nickel allergies that result from
contact with nickel in jewelry, clothing fasteners and body piercing.
Finally, in physical Chemistry, I have a side interest in the
mathematical modeling of multivariable data sets, such as arise
in paper-making and in empirical diatomic interaction potentials.
She serves as Treasurer of the Pensacola Section of the American Chemical Society and as a member of the University of
West Florida’s Retention Committee. Both activities contribute to a packed house at departmental and ACS seminars.
General chemistry students are offered a small amount of extra credit and a free lunch as an incentive to attend. These
seminars allow students to mingle with professionals in a social venue and students continue to attend throughout the year.
Tara Sirvent, Assistant Professor
B.S. Vanguard University
PhD., Cornell University
University of West Florida since
She has been studying Italian and looks forward to practicing
during her first trip to Europe in May. She is active in her
church garden committee “The Lay Weeders.” Learning about
the local varieties of plants has extended the life of the landscaping around her house.
Personal Statement
I am pleased to join the Department
of Chemistry at UWF this fall! I completed my undergraduate education
at Vanguard University in Costa
Mesa, California where I majored in
chemistry and biology before earning my doctorate at Cornell University in plant pathology. After completing my doctoral studies, I was awarded a National Science
Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Microbiology
Biology and I joined the lab of Dr. Alice Churchill at the Boyce
Thompson Institute for Plant Research in Ithaca, NY where I
worked on isolating and characterizing natural products - particularly aromatic polyketides - from plant pathogenic fungi including Cryphonectria parasitica, the causal agent of the chestnut blight, and Mycosphaerella fijiensis, the causal agent of
the black Sigatoka disease of bananas. I plan to continue working on aromatic polyketides at UWF, but I will focus on studying plant derived polyketides.
Chemistry News
FALL 2003
University of
West Florida
Recent Departmental Happenings
Kathleen Ferroizi
Title: Laboratory Stores Manager
Started in Aug. 1997
1997, BS in Environmental Studies, Natural Science Option
Masters Public Administration - Spring 2003
• Establish departmental research awards/scholarships
• Establish Honors Chemistry Degree with research thesis
• Create faculty research awards to offset research related
• Continued upgrades and improvements to the chemistry
• Building a new chemistry/science building (DREAMING!)
• and many more...
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The Department has also seen substantial changes in the faculty
as well, five new faculty members over the last seven years and
Diana Walker
if all goes well at least three more slated for the next five years.
Title: Office Manager
Faculty members are now expected to have active research
started in 1984.
programs. During the 2002-2003 academic year, 19 students
BA Social Work
participated in undergraduate research with faculty members in
the chemistry department. We hope to see this number continue
Jim Hammond
to rise! Currently, there are exciting research opportunities
Title: Instrument Maker/Designer
available for student participation in polymer science, organic
started May 2003 (this was his started date for full time, before chemistry, analytical-inorganic chemistry, and computational
that he was a part time employee)
chemistry, with natural product chemistry and biochemistry
Jim is a retired (20yrs) US Navy Engineer
coming soon. In addition, there are several ongoing collaborative
research projects between faculty members in the Chemistry
Department and faculty members in the Biology Department at
Phil Conklin
UWF. These efforts greatly add to the diversity of research at
Title: Academic Coordinator
UWF. In the future, we hope to see all areas of research continue
1973 - BS Marine Sciences
to grow and prosper. There are several Department projects in
started with chemistry in 1989
the works that we hope will encourage and facilitate participation
in undergraduate research, including:
Don Hagan
Title: Laboratory Technician
started in Dec 2002
BS Environmental Studies
University Happenings
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The summer of 2002 saw the induction of the University’s Fourth
President - Dr. John Cavanaugh. Since his arrival, President
Cavanaugh has busily replacing administrators (Deans, Vice
Presidents, and Provost) who have either retired or left for
“greener pastures”. At this point in the University’s life cycle,
many of the original faculty hires have been slowly retiring in
the last several years, especially those who chose to participate
in the State’s DROP program. In fact, Dr. Tanner and Dr.
Gurst are the last two remaining “Original Hires” left as active
faculty members at UWF - 37 years of service to UWF and
As you might expect, much of these efforts are awaiting the
proper financial support before implementation. With continued
(ongoing) support from private sources such as our alumni, and
chemical industry, in addition to public sources such as NSF,
NIH, ACS PRF and other state and federal agencies, we hope
to see all of these goals, and many more, met in the very near
Contributions to the Department
The Department of Chemistry has enjoyed a long history of extremely generous support from our alumni, probably more so than
any other department on campus. Recently, we have had several
donations of scientific instruments and equipment that have been
invaluable in enhancing the education offered to our students.
As a result of a state reorganization, university governance Currently, the department has the following areas where alumni
was transferred to a local board of trustees in 2001. During a donations are being put to use:
recent University organizational shake-up at UWF, the College
of Science and Technology combined with the College of Arts
and Social Science to form a new College of Arts and Sciences. Department of Chemistry Alumni Scholarships
The college of Arts and Sciences has also recently found a Instrument Acquisitions
new leader, the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; The Ralph Birdwhistell Scholarship Endowment
Dr. Jane Halonen started her duties in mid-July of 2003.
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University Happenings
Recent Changes
Chairman’s Letter
Student Awards
Alumni News
UWF Faculty Profiles
Department Contributions
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