New Group Members!

The Castle group is up to 8 students this summer: Liam Kollar, Will Frost, Raj Alaparthi, Conor Flynn, Lauren Eckermann, Kaitlyn Whipple, Ellie Siegfried, and Kat Klein!

Promotion and Professorship

Professor Castle has been promoted and named the Russell-Childers Professor of Chemistry! What a great way to start her 2016-17 academic year sabbatical!

Research Students

Current Students:
Rajasri Alaparthi (BS CHEM/PHYS '17)
Lauren Eckermann (BS CHEM '18)
Conor Flynn (MS CHEM '16)
Will Frost (BA CHEM '18)
Kat Klein (MA CHEM '16)
Liam Kollar (BS CHEM '19)
Ellie Siegfried (BS MATH '19)
Kaitlyn Whipple (BS CHEG '20)

Former Students:
Lindsay Myer (BS BMEG '18)
Robert Marchese (BS BMEG '17)
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