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I grew up in northern NJ and attended Montclair Highschool.  I went to the University of Delaware and earned a B.S. degree in chemistry.  After doing a short internship for Norsk Hydro, I worked with an environmental firm as a Field Chemist.  About a year later, I decided to work on a Master’s degree at Tennessee Techological University.  With my M.S. in hand, I moved to San Fransico and worked as an Industrial Hygienist.  Several years later I decided to pursue a doctorate at the University of Maryland, College Park.  After receiving my Ph.D., I took a post-doctoral research fellowship back at the University of Delaware in Mechanical Engineering department.  After three delightful years of research, I found my current position at Siena.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Chemistry University of Maryland
M.S. Chemistry Tennessee Technological University
B.S. Chemistry University of Delaware

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

 I feel that my role as a teacher is to act as guide who facilitates learning by promoting long-term knowledge retention through encouraging a student to think and apply information, not memorize and regurgitate facts.   The ultimate aspiration of every teacher should not only be to provide a broad knowledge base, but to develop a student's capacity for interpretive and critical thought by providing them with examples of such thought processes in practice.  It is important to introduce the unknowns and mysteries in science as puzzles waiting for a solution to be found.  I believe that the key to motivation in learning science is the ability to show students that what they are doing is worthwhile and relevant to everyday life.  An engaged, interested student will make the effort necessary to gain an understanding of the subject.  My goal in teaching is to spark a student's interest and encourage him or her to pursue learning for its own sake.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

General Chemistry (first year)
Analytical Chemistry II (fourth year)
Analytical Chemistry I (second year)

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2008 - 2010 Department Chair, Chemistry Siena College
2007 - Now Associate Professor(w/ tenure), Chemistry Siena College
2005 - Now Adjunct Professor, Chemistry SUNY-Albany
2002 - 2005 Research Scientist (1/4 time), Chemistry SUNY-Albany
2002 - 2007 Assistant Professor, Chemistry Siena College
1998 - 2001 Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Engineering University of Delaware
1991 - 1998 Research Assistant, Chemistry University of Maryland
1990 - 1991 Teaching Assistant, Chemistry University of Maryland
1989 - 1990 Industrial Hygiene Consultant, Environment EnviroGroup
1987 - 1989 Research Assistant, Chemistry Tennessee Tech. University
1986 - 1986 Exchange Student, Engineering Norsk Hydro
1986 - 1987 Field Chemist, Environment A. E. T. Corp.
1985 - 1986 Analytical Technician, Chemistry E. I. DuPont

Current Research

 My research interests concern the fate of anthropogenic substances in the environment and the effects that these materials have on the natural world. This research requires study in the laboratory, as well as at the scale of the ecosystem, and encompasses transport phenomena, geochemical reactions, and the development of reliable analytical methods for use in the field.

Articles & Book Reviews

  • 'A Water Cyclone to Preserve Insoluble Aerosols in Liquid Flow, 'An Interface to Flow Cytometry to Detect Airborne Nucleic Acid'
    Aerosol Science and Technology
    2008
  • Intercomparison of Real Time Ammonium Measurements at Urban and Rural Locations in New York
    Aerosol Science and Technology
    2007
  • Interference of organic signals in highly time resolved nitrate measurements by low mass resolution aerosol mass spectrometry
    Journal of Geophys. Res.
    2007
  • Size-selective nonrefractory ambient aerosol measurements during the Particulate Matter Technology Assessment and Characterization StudyNew York 2004 Winter Intensive in New York City
    Journal of Geophys. Res.
    2006
  • Sulfate and Nitrate Measurements at an Urban and a Rural Location in New York: PMTACS-NY Summer 2001 and 2002 Campaigns
    Journal of Air and Waste Management Assoc.
    2004
  • A comparison of particle mass spectrometers during the Atlanta supersite experiment
    Journal of Geophys. Res.
    2003
  • Size-resolved ultrafine particle composition analysis: Part 1: Atlanta
    Journal of Geophys. Res.
    2003
  • Performance of a single-ultrafine-particle mass spectrometer
    Aerosol Science and Technology
    2002
  • Application of ART-2A Algorithm To Laser Ionization Ablation Mass Spectrometry of Particle Standards
    Anal. Chemistry
    2001
  • High-speed particle beam generation: A dynamic focusing mechanism for selecting ultrafine particles
    Aerosol Science and Technology
    2000
  • Ozone in the Remote Marine Boundary Layer: A Possible Role for Halogens
    Journal of Geophys. Res.
    1999
  • Tropospheric O3 distribution over the Indian Ocean During Spring 1995 Evaluated with a Chemistry-Climate Model
    Journal of Geophys. Res.
    1999
  • Ground-based and airborne observations of carbon monoxide during NASA/MAPS missions SRL-1 and SRL-2
    Journal of Geophys. Res.
    1998
  • The Composition of the Troposphere over the Indian Ocean during the Monsoonal Transition
    Journal of Geophys. Res.
    1997
  • Large-scale pollution of the atmosphere over the remote North Atlantic Ocean: Evidence from Bermuda
    Journal of Geophys. Res.
    1995

Presentations

  • Evaluation of Acid Catalysis and Conventional vs. Microwave Heating in the Acid-Catalyzed Synthesis of Biodiesel
    2010
    Undergraduate Research Symposium for the Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society, Loudonville, New York
  • Fast and Synchronous Measurements of Inorganic and Organic Components in Atmospheric Aqueous Samples
    2008
    27th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Orlando, Florida
  • Highly Time Resolved Measurements of Aerosol Carbon Using the Water Cyclone: An Ambient Comparison against the Sunset-ECOC Analyzer
    2008
    27th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Orlando, Florida
  • Gentle Collection of an Airborne Virus with a Cyclone for Online Detection with Flow Cytometry
    2007
    26th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Reno, Nevada
  • Interference of Organic Signals in Highly-time Resolved Nitrate Measurements by Aerosol Mass Spectrometer
    2007
    26th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Reno, Nevada
  • The Gentle Capture of an Airborne Virus for Online Detection with Flow Cytometry
    2007
    234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Airborne Virus for Online Detection with Flow Cytometry
    2006
    2nd National Conference on Environmental Sampling and Detection for Bio-Threat Agents, Brooklyn, New York
  • Intercomparison of Real Time PM2.5 Ammonium Measurements at Urban and Rural Locations in New York
    2006
    7th International Aerosol Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Characterization of the Particle-into-Liquid Sampler (PILS) : A Method for Measuring Atmospheric Aerosol Composition
    2005
    Eastern New York American Chemical Society, Undergraduate Research Symposium & 6th Annual Robert A. Laudise Symposium, Schenectady, New York
  • Highlights and Lessons Learned: PM2.5 Technology Assessment and Characterization Study in New York  PMTACS-NY Supersite Program
    2005
    Particulate Matter Supersites Program and Related Studies (American Association of Aerosol Research International Specialty Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
  • PILS-IC (Particle into Liquid Sampling Analyzed by Ion Chromatography) Overview of Results for the PM2.5 Technology Assessment and Characterization Study in New York (PMTACS-NY)
    2005
    Particulate Matter Supersites Program and Related Studies (American Association of Aerosol Research International Specialty Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Semi-continuous PM2.5 Sulfate and Nitrate Measurements in New York: Routine Field Measurements and Intensive Field Campaigns
    2005
    Particulate Matter Supersites Program and Related Studies (American Association of Aerosol Research International Specialty Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Continuous sulfate, carbon, and PM2.5 mass at Addison, NY during the summer 2004 NEAQS/ITCT Intensive
    2004
    23rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Intercomparison of Semi-Continuous Particulate Sulfate and Nitrate Measurement Technologies in New York City: Summer 2001 and Winter 2004 Intensive Studies
    2004
    23rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Measurements of ambient aerosol composition using and Aerodyne aerosol mass spectrometer in New York City: Winter 2004 Intensive Study
    2004
    23rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
  • PM2.5 Technology Assessment and characterizaiton study in New York - PMTACS-NY: An overview of the 2004 winter intensive in Queens, NY
    2004
    23rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Intercomparison of Semi-continuous Particulate Sulfate and Nitrate Measurement Technologies at a New York State Urban and Rural Location
    2003
    22nd Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research, Particulate Matter Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Intercomparison of Semi-continuous Particulate Sulfate and Nitrate Measurement Technologies at a New York State Urban and Rural Location
    2003
    NYSERDA EMEP Conference, Albany, New York
  • Speciation of Size-Resolved Indivdual Ultrafine Paritcles in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
    2002
    21th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • An Intercomparison of particle mass spectrometers during the Atlanta SuperSite Experiment
    2000
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • Composition of Individual Particles during August 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia
    2000
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys, Unknown, Unknown
  • Field Observations of Ultrafine Particles in Atlanta Using Rapid Single-Particle Mass Spectrometry
    2000
    19th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Measurements of Reactive Nitrogen Compounds Over the Indian Ocean
    1996
    Amer. Chem. Soc, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Photochemistry in the Marine Boundary Layer over the Indian Ocean
    1996
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • The Composition of the Troposphere over the Indian Ocean during the Winter Monsoon
    1996
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • Observations of Summertime Air Quality Over the U. S. Mid-Atlantic Region
    1995
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • The Composition of the Troposphere Over the Indian Ocean
    1995
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • Ground-Based Intercomparison of Instrumentation for Measurements of Key Photochemically Active Trace Gases
    1994
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • Ground-Based and Airborne Observations of Carbon Monoxide in Support of NASA/MAPS Mission STS-59
    1994
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • High Sensivity NOx and Noy Measurements Downwind of an Urban Environment
    1994
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • Meteorological conditions leading to high 0zone and CO on Bermuda: Spring 1992
    1994
    Proceedings of the Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry, Am. Meteor. Soc., Nashville, Tennessee
  • NOx, NOy and Non-Methane Hydrocarbons during a Period of Elevated Ozone Concentration at Bermuda
    1994
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • Sulfur and Nitrogen Species during 1993 Intensives at Bermuda: Relationships of Aerosol and Gas-Phase Concentrations and Particle Size Distributions to Sources and Meteorology
    1994
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • Interrelationships among aerosol species, ozone, and CO in the marine boundary layer during spring at Barbados, West Indies
    1993
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • Long-range transport of air pollutants from North America to the remote Atlantic Ocean
    1993
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • Trace gas chemistry at Bermuda and Barbados
    1993
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
  • Carbon monoxide and ozone measurements in Bermuda and Barbados
    1992
    Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown