What excites you the most about teaching science?
It's exciting to show how science relates to peoples' lives and how it affects us in ways we don't think about. Also, when students understand how things work in the lab.
When did you first know that you wanted to be a science professor?
When I was in graduate school. That's when I worked as a teaching assistant and did some real teaching jobs.
What was your favorite class to teach and why?
It's a tossup between general chemistry because it the first experience students get with real science, and analytical chemistry because you get to play with the instruments and toys.
What is your favorite place/ season/ event on campus?
Summer break. I can get caught up.
When you are not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
Playing with my kids
What was the first job you ever had?
The very first job I had was cleaning kitchens at a restaurant.
What extracurricular activities were you involved in when you were a college student?
Photography, running, biking and camping.
Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
It would probably be Hawaii, but I have only been there once.
What are you currently researching?
I just got off a sabbatical a year ago where I researched vapochromism. That is a branch of solar energy research that deals with how compounds change colors when they absorb vapors or gases.
Someday I would like to...
go to Disney World with the kids and make it back to Hawaii.