Faculty and Staff
|Associate Professor and Department Chair Rebecca R. Conry([email protected]) received her B.S. in Chemistry from Eastern Washington University and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Washington. After an NIH postdoctoral at Johns Hopkins University, she spent seven years as a faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prof. Conry joined the Colby faculty in 2000 and teaches Inorganic, Inorganic Synthetic Laboratory, Symmetry and Spectroscopy, and General Chemistry courses. Prof. Conry has an established research program in bioinorganic and organometallic transition-metal chemistry. Research students under her direction extend their knowledge and capabilities in organic and inorganic synthesis including air-sensitive manipulations as well as a number of characterizational techniques. Students conducting these research projects synthesize new compounds that have the potential to be catalysts and/or to further our understanding of metal sites similar to those found in biological systems. Prof. Conry was instrumental in acquiring a CCD single-crystal X-ray diffraction system that is located in the Chemistry Department. Click here for more information on Prof. Conry.
|Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair Kevin P. Rice ([email protected]) received his B.A. from Colby in 1996. In 2000, he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he studied DNA pairing mechanisms of enzymes involved in homologous recombination. Professor Rice did postdoctoral work in the Chemistry Department of Yale University before becoming an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Pharmacology Department. At Colby, Professor Rice teaches General Chemistry and Biochemistry. His overall research interests include chemical biology and general enzymology. He is currently interested in the enzymatic consequences of the carbamoylating activity from anticancer sulfonylhydrazines. See Professor Rice’s home page.
|Associate Professor Karena McKinney ([email protected]) received her B.A. in Chemistry from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine where she studied the role of halogens in stratospheric ozone loss. After working as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology, she became an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Amherst College and a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She joined the Colby faculty in 2017. She has taught courses in general, environmental, atmospheric, and analytical chemistry, instrument design, and chemistry and environmental science for non-majors. Dr. McKinney’s research focuses on the atmospheric chemistry of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs), hydrocarbon-based molecules synthesized and emitted by trees and other plants. These compounds play a key role in determining the chemistry and composition of the lower atmosphere by controlling the cycling of atmospheric oxidants and the production of ozone and secondary organic aerosols (particles). Her research group uses a combination of direct field measurements and lab experiments to investigate the mechanisms and processes controlling the emissions and oxidation reactions of BVOCs, and seeks to elucidate the complex interplay between naturally occurring emissions and anthropogenic pollutants, which can drastically alter the chemical fate and atmospheric impact of these compounds.
|William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Jeffrey Katz ([email protected]) became fascinated by organic chemistry while working with Amos Smith at the University of Pennsylvania. After receiving his B.A. in 1995, he moved to Harvard University and earned a Ph.D. working in the laboratories of David Evans. Prof. Katz teaches introductory and advanced Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry. His research group is focused on the syntheis of nanoscale molecular scaffolds and supramolecular chemistry. Analysis of solid-state conformation is a key component of this work, which is greatly facilitated by the CCD single-crystal X-ray diffraction system located in the Chemistry Department. Visit the Katz Group
|Miselis Professor Whitney King ([email protected]) received his B.S. in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. He serves the department as an analytical/environmental chemist and teaches General Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry. His research group studies the role sunlight plays in regulating the surface water chemistry of lakes and the ocean. Many of these studies require novel analytical tools. King’s group is also actively involved in development of instruments for ultra trace analysis of Fe, Cu, Cr, Mn, H2O2, and O2– in the environment. Over twenty of these instruments are used by other investigators all over the world. Prof. King has also served as Department Chair and Director of Colby’s Partnership for Science Education, which works with area schools to improve K-12 science education.
Dr. Gerald and Myra Dorros Professor Julie T. Millard ([email protected]) received her B.A. in Chemistry and Neuroscience at Amherst College and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Brown University before working as a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Washington and a Dreyfus Teaching and Research Fellow at the University of Richmond. Prof. Millard has taught Biochemistry, Exercise Physiology, General Chemistry, and chemistry for non-majors at Colby since 1991 and is currently teaching a W1 course called The Science of Crime. Her research is in the field of DNA-drug interactions, investigating how some small molecules cause cancer whereas others act as anti-cancer drugs. Many of Prof. Millard’s students have appeared as co-authors on publications appearing in such journals as Biochemistry. She was named a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar in 2006 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2016, and her research has been funded by the American Chemical Society, Research Corporation, and the NIH. She is also the author of a textbook for non-majors called Adventures in Chemistry. Click here for more information on Prof. Millard.
|J. Warren Merrill Professor Dasan M. Thamattoor ([email protected]) obtained a B.Sc. degree from the Government Arts and Science College, Karwar, India and an M.Sc. from Karnatak University. Subsequently, he obtained a Ph.D. from Princeton and was a Postdoctoral fellow at Notre Dame. A physical organic chemist, Prof. Thamattoor joined the Colby faculty in 1999 and teaches the introductory organic chemistry courses, the upper level course in physical organic chemistry, and general chemistry. Professor Thamattoor’s research, funded by an RUI grant from the National Science Foundation, involves the investigation of reaction mechanisms, carbene chemistry, photochemical processes, and the construction of molecules with unusual architecture. Visit home page.
|Assistant Professor Greg Drozd ([email protected]) received his B.S. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 2005 and PhD in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011. He held post-doctoral research positions in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California at Berkeley and was a visiting scholar in the Dept. of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty at Colby in 2017, teaching physical chemistry. As an atmospheric chemist, he has studied alkene ozonolysis, vehicle emissions, aircraft emissions, oil-spill emissions, and aerosol chemistry. His current research will continue to focus on unimolecular reaction dynamics of ozonolysis reaction intermediates and emissions from complex hydrocarbon mixtures. New research will focus on microscopy of aqueous aerosol to understand the fundamental effects of extremely concentrated conditions on aerosol chemistry using confocal Raman microscopy. The major contributions of this research will be improved understanding of health and climate impacts of emissions from evaporative sources, atmospheric ozonolysis reactions, and aerosol phase chemistry.
|Assistant Professor Lindsey Madison ([email protected]) received her B.A. in Chemistry from Carleton College and her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Northwestern University. At Northwestern she used computational chemistry to study the electronic structure and light absorption of silver nanoclusters and organic molecules bound to the surface. As a postdoc at the University of Washington, she studied anharmonic vibrations in weakly interacting molecular systems such as protonated water clusters. She joined the Colby faculty in 2018. Her research group uses atomistic simulations to study clathrate hydrates, a crystalline phase of ice that encapsulates greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane. She studies how guest molecules stabilize the cage structure of the clathrate hydrate, how quantum effects manifest in moderately large sized water clusters, and how the quantum nature of the vibrational wave function affects solvent structure. Computational approaches include molecular dynamics simulations, electronic structure calculations, and diffusion Monte Carlo simulations to study the intermolecular forces of these systems. More information can be found on her group’s webpage.
|Senior Laboratory Instructor Lisa M. Miller ([email protected]) received a B.A. and M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Maine. Her primary role is teaching laboratories for general and non-majors chemistry and supervising the laboratory aspect of the department’s service learning course. Prior to returning to Colby, she worked at an environmental laboratory as an analytical chemist. This provided her with ample instrumental and methods experience to draw upon while teaching laboratories. She also is currently serving as the student employee coordinator.
|Senior Laboratory Instructor Edmund J. Klinkerch ([email protected]) received a B.S in Chemistry from the University of New England and an M.S in Organic Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire. His primary role is teaching laboratories for Organic Chemistry. Prior to coming to Colby, he worked in industry for over twenty years in the area of thermoset and polyester resin development and characterization. He was most recently employed by Fairchild Semiconductor as an analytical chemist.
|Laboratory Instructor Victoria Hepburn ([email protected]) graduated with a B.S. in biochemistry from Tufts University in 1999 and received a M.S. in genetics from the University of New Hampshire in 2001. At UNH, she identified knockout genes of protein phosphatases in Arabidopsis thaliana. Prior to working at Colby she worked at the Jackson Laboratory with Dr. Wes Beamer and for the biotech company Agenus where she was a Research Associate for the process and development group in the protein chemistry department. At Colby she teaches laboratories for introductory chemistry labs and biochemistry laboratories.
|Academic Administrative Assistant Cate Conway ([email protected]) began her position with the Chemistry Department in the spring of 2022. She has a diverse background working in professions that support people and is pleased to apply this experience to the Colby community by offering support to the faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Chemistry and its affiliated programs. She works to keep the department well-stocked and running efficiently!
|Professor Emeritus Thomas W. Shattuck ([email protected]) received his B.A. from Lake Forest and Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. He started at Colby in 1976 and taught Physical Chemistry, General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Symmetry and Spectroscopy, and NMR Spectroscopy. Prof. Shattuck’s research focused on host-guest chemistry and he also developed a wide variety of calculational tools. He was a strong leader for the Department for several years, securing funding for several research instruments, computational facilities, and other resources critical to the success of the Department. Prof. Shattuck is enjoying retirement with his wife Martha and continuing work on his Physical Chemistry textbook.Visit Prof. Shattuck’s Personal Page and text book Web site
|Professor Emeritus Brad Mundy ([email protected]) received his B.S. from SUNY Albany (1961), his Ph.D. from the Univ. of Vermont (1965), and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at U.C. Berkeley (1965-67). He taught at Colby from 1992-2002 after teaching for many years at Montana State University. His research specialty is organic chemistry, particularly the development of new methods for preparing natural products. His teaching focused on organic, general and non-majors courses. Prof. Mundy has been an active advocate of the “Education through Research” concept, both in bringing research ideas into the lecture hall as well as using the individual research motif to capture fundamental “instructional” ideas. He is currently developing useful educational tools for chemistry instruction at all levels through the development of textbooks and computer-based instructional materials. When he is not working on the revised edition of his book on organic synthesis, Dr. Mundy can be found relaxing with his wife Margaret at their camp on Great Pond. Visit home page.
|Professor Emeritus Wayne Smith ([email protected]) received his B.A. in Chemistry from Hartwick College and a Ph.D. in Physical-Inorganic Chemistry (with Tom Wartik) from Pennsylvania State University. After postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan (with Bob Parry), rocket fuel research at Allied Chemical, and an assistant professor position at Carnegie Institute of Technology, he joined the Colby department as the first inorganic chemist in 1967. Over the years Prof. Smith taught senior inorganic chemistry, advanced physical chemistry (which evolved into symmetry and spectroscopy), general chemistry lectures and labs, industrial and environmental chemistry, and initiated the nonmajor’s chemistry for citizens lecture and lab course. Smith’s research interests, all of which involved Colby students, ranged from organoaluminum and heteroborane chemistry to transition metal carbonyl and nitrosyl compounds with a continual interest in chemical education, especially pertaining to chemical demonstrations. Smith served as department chair for eight years and associate chair for five years. He did numerous “chemical magic” shows for area grade school classes over the years. Currently, Professor Smith is refining his tennis game with his wife Louise at their new home on Great Pond.
|Senior Teaching Associate Emeritus Jean P. McIntyre ([email protected]) received her B.S. degree in biochemistry from Cornell University. Before coming to Colby she was engaged in biochemical research at Michigan State University and with Nobel Laureate Feodor Lynen at the Max Planck Institute for Cell Chemistry in Munich, Germany. For 28 years, she was continually involved with the organic chemistry program, at various times teaching the fourth hour and discussion sections, and teaching the majority of the laboratory sections. For many years she was also a part of the general chemistry curriculum, teaching discussion sections and laboratories. When not traveling, she and her husband Jim (Herr Mac, formerly of the Department of German and Russian) split their time between Florida and their camp on Snow Pond in Belgrade, Maine.