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Ozone Column

Ever wonder what ozone looks like when it’s adsorbed on silica gel at -40 oC? Purple!

New Students

Ellie Siegfried and Liam Kollar have been volunteering in our lab this semester. Because they were first-semester Bucknell students, they haven’t been able to spend much time in the lab yet, but hopefully they’ll be around for a while!

Research Students

Current Students:
Conor Flynn (MS CHEM '16)
Kat Klein (MA CHEM '16)
Liam Kollar (BS CHEM '19)
Robert Marchese (BS BMEG '16)
Ellie Siegfried (BS MATH '19)

Former Students:
Steve Allison (BS CHEM '14)
Michael Jelencic (BS BICH '14)
Alex Kowler (BS CHEM/PHYS '14)
Rene Talai (BS BICH '14)
Michael Brignone (MS '13)
Tricia Clyde (BS CHEM '13)
Michael Cecchini (MS '12)
Tara Pedersen (BS/MS CHEM '10)
Jakob Schaeffer (BA PHYS '10)
Stephen Ragard (BA CHEM/ECON '10)
Darryl Kyle (MA CHEM)
Labe Black (MS CHEM '09)
Tom Vogler (BS BICH '10)
Kristy Brown (BS CHEM '09)
Michael Simione (BS CHEM '09)
Stephanie Rink (BA CHEM/SPAN '09)
Andrea Asimoglou (BS BICH '09)
Andrea Brown (BA CHEM/SPAN '08)
Justin Rhinehart (MS CHEM '08)
Dustin Schroeder (BS EE/PHYS '07)
Kristi Cashman (BS CHEM '06)
Michael Heinrich (BS CHEM '06)
Rebecca Rupp (BS BIO '05)
Carmen Gherghisan (BS BIO '05)
Brian Day (BA CHEM '05)
Katie Kleissas (BS CHEM '04)
Betsy Staudt (BS CHEM '04)

Scholarship News

Recent Funding:

- NASA Mars Fundamental Research Program (PI, #NNNX13AG27G) 2013-2016, $178854 “Reducing Uncertainty in Martian Upper Atmospheric Non-LTE Models: Laboratory Measurement of Carbon Dioxide Vibrational Relaxation”

- National Science Foundation RUI:CEDAR, Aeronomy Division (PI, #0640063) August 2007-
2012, $167,760 “Quenching of Vibrationally-Excited Ozone by Atomic Oxygen”

Recent Publications (*Bucknell student):

- Michael R. Cecchini* and Karen J. Castle, Chem. Phys. Lett. 638, 149 (2015). “Vibrational Relaxation of 13CO2(ν2) by O(3P).”

- Karen J. Castle, Labe A. Black*, and Tara J. Pedersen*, J. Phys. Chem. A, 118 (25), 4548 (2014). "Vibrational Relaxation of O3(ν2) by O(3P)."

- Karen J. Castle, Labe A. Black*, Michael W. Simione*, and James A. Dodd, J. Geophys. Res. 117, A04310 (2012). “Vibrational Relaxation of CO2(nu2) by O(3P) in the 142-490 K Temperature Range.”

- Karen J. Castle and Stephanie M. Rink*, J. Chem. Educ., 87, 1360 (2010). “Customized Laboratory Experience in Physical Chemistry.”

Educational Interests

Teaching Interests:
Physical Chemistry
General Chemistry
Molecular Spectroscopy
Foundation Seminars
- How'd They Make That?
- From Observation to Knowledge
- World-Changing Discoveries
Integrated Perspectives Courses
- Symmetry

Education-Related Activities:

- Symposium Organizer and session chair at 2016 Fall ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, "Effective Team-Teaching in Undergraduate Chemistry Programs"

- Co-creater of the Discovery Residential College, launched in the fall of 2013

- Chair of the Bucknell University Committee on Instruction 2014-15

- Symposium Organizer and presenter at 2013 Fall ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis, "Creative Approaches to Physical Chemistry Instruction"

- Co-leader of the Teaching and Learning Center's Faculty Learning Community of Flipped Classrooms

- Department of Chemistry Assessment Coordinator