|Present||Science Faculty, Illinois Math and Science Academy|
|2017 - 2018||PROMISE Program Science Teacher, Illinois Math and Science Academy|
|2016 - 2018||Science Olympiad Coach, Illinois Math and Science Academy|
|2018||ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant|
|American Chemical Society (ACS)|
|2017||"Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Biodiesel Characterization and Ethanol Production"|
|ComEd Seed Fund Grant|
Honors and Awards
- • Lederman Scholar Award (2017–2018)
- • Outstanding Woman Student Award, NIU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women (2001)
- • Dissertation Completion Award, NIU Graduate School (2000)
- • John D. Graham Scholarship, NIU Chemistry Department (1999)
- • Weber Medical Clinic Award, Olney Central College (1987)
- • James S. Spencer Scholarship, Olney Central College (1985)
- • East Richland High School Class Valedictorian (1985)
- Environmental Chemistry
- Scientific Inquiries - Chemistry
|May 2002||Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Illinois University|
|January 1990||B.S. in Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|May 1987||Associate Degree in Science, Olney Central College|
Conference Papers/Presentations (2)
Expanding Opportunities for Student Inquiry and Research Faculty Publications & Research (2020)
Student Inquiries in Research (SIR) Students perform research either on or off campus on “I” days (usually Wednesdays) during the academic year Some students also do SIR summer research It is not required, however about ...
A New Suite of Plasmid Vectors for Fluorescence-Based Imaging of Root Colonizing Pseudomonads Faculty Publications & Research (2018)
In the terrestrial ecosystem, plant–microbe symbiotic associations are ecologically and economically important processes. To better understand these associations at structural and functional levels, different molecular and biochemical tools are applied. In this study, we have ...
pH dependence of cyanide and imidazole binding to the heme domains of Sinorhizobium meliloti and Bradyrhizobium japonicum FixL Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry (2015)
Equilibrium and kinetic properties of cyanide and imidazole binding to the heme domains of Sinorhizobium meliloti and Bradyrhizobium japonicum FixL (SmFixLH and BjFixLH) have been investigated between pH 5 and 11. KD determinations were made ...
Steady state protein levels in Geobacter metallireducens grown with iron (III) citrate or nitrate as terminal electron acceptor Proteomics (2007)
Geobacter species predominate in aquatic sediments and submerged soils where organic carbon sources are oxidized with the reduction of Fe(III). The natural occurrence of Geobacter in some waste sites suggests this microorganism could be useful ...
Large-scale μLC-MS/MS for silver- and Coomassie blue-stained polyacrylamide gels Electrophoresis (2005)
2-DE combined with μLC-MS/MS has become a routine, reliable protein separation and identification technology for proteome analysis. The demand for large-scale protein identifications after 2-DE separation requires a sensitive and high-throughput LC-MS/MS method. In this ...
VISUALIZATION TOOLS AND ANALOGIES TO MODEL STRONG VS. WEAK ACIDS Professional Learning Day (2023)
We will present two different ways to introduce the difference between a strong acid and a weak acid. The first one uses a Phet simulation where the students can change different parameters in an inquiry ...
Discussion Board Ideas for High School Science Professional Learning Day (2021)
This session will share some ideas for bringing online discussion board assignments into your classroom. We will share a few examples of assignments including components such as infographics, diversity and equity, and intermolecular forces, as ...
Session 3d: Wind Energy Professional Learning Day (2018)
Design, construction, and testing will occur in two stages involving blade shape and number followed by wind tracking and generator gearing. Three NGSS Engineering Standards (Global Issue, Problem Breakdown, and Optimization) are directly addressed. Scientific ...
Session E-2: Sharing Analogies and Demonstrations to Reinforce Chemistry Concepts Professional Learning Day (2017)
Chemistry concepts can often be difficult for students to understand, in part due to the fact that we are discussing with students things that cannot be seen (atoms and molecules!). Analogies that relate chemistry concepts ...
Student Inquiry and Research (SIR) (1)
Ligand Binding to Ferric Heme Proteins: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Kinetics Studies (2002)
The binding of small molecules to proteins can be used to probe the structure and chemical reactivity of the proteins’ active sites. In this dissertation, the binding of imidazole and 4-nitroimidazole to the heme proteins, ...