Chemistry Department

Faculty & Staff

William R. Collins, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 970-247-7133
E-mail: collins_w@fortlewis.edu

Education

B.S., 2003, New Mexico Institute of Technology, Socorro
Ph.D., 2009, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2011, MIT, Cambridge


Professional Interests

Organic Chemistry, the development of reaction methodology, supramolecular organic chemistry, natural product isolation, the total synthesis of biologically active natural products, chemical ecology


Ron C. Estler, Professor of ChemistryRon C. Estler, Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 970-247-7238
E-mail: estler_r@fortlewis.edu
Instructional Website: http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/estler_r/REresearch.html
Research Website: http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/estler_r/REresearch.html

Education
B.A., 1972, Drew University, New Jersey
Ph.D. (Chemical Physics), 1976, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1976-1978, Columbia and Stanford University
Faculty, 1978-1982, University of Southern California

Professional Interests
Physical Chemistry, kinetics, reaction dynamics, and laser photochemistry, with interest in the use of lasers in Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry (RIMS) and the application of the technique to environmental and biochemical problems.

 


Kenneth A. Miller, Assistant Professor of ChemistryKenneth A. Miller, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 970-247-7623
E-mail: miller_k@fortlewis.edu
Website: http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/miller_k

Education
B.S., 2002, University of Georgia, Athens
Ph.D., 2007, University of Texas, Austin
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2009, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Professional Interests
Organic Chemistry, Green Chemistry, sustainable chemistry, total synthesis of biologically active natural products, development of new green methods for heterocycle formation, C-H activation using metallocarbenes.


Robert E. Milofsky, Professor of ChemistryRobert E. Milofsky, Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 970-247-7467
E-mail: milofsky_r@fortlewis.edu
Research Website: http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/milofsky_r/research.html

Education
B.S., 1987, Bates College, Maine
Ph.D., 1991, University of Colorado, Boulder
Postdoctoral Fellow,1991-1992, Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University

Professional Interests
Analytical Chemistry, laser induced fluorescence detection in capillary electrophoresis, bioanalytical chemistry, chemiluminescence, photochemical reaction detection, liquid chromatography, and atmospheric photo chemistry.


Aimee M. Morris, Visiting Instructor of ChemistryAimee M. Morris, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 970-247-7635
E-mail: ammorris@fortlewis.edu

Education
B.S., 2004, Western Washington University
Ph.D., 2009, Colorado State University
Neuro-postdoctoral fellow, 2009-2010, Brandeis University
Adjunct Faculty, 2010-2011, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Faculty Associate, 2011-2012, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Professional Interests
Inorganic Chemistry, Bio-inorganic Chemistry, synthesis and characterization of new coordination complexes relevant to the treatment of various diseases.


Kathryn D. Mouzakis, Assistant Professor of ChemistryKathryn D. Mouzakis, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 970-247-6324
Email: kdmouzakis@fortlewis.edu

Education
B.S., 2007, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA
Ph.D., 2013, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013, University of Wisconsin -
Madison

Professional Interests 
Biochemistry: RNA structure, function, and disease; translational regulation of gene expression; and viral replication and latency.


Leslie E. Sommerville, Professor of ChemistryLeslie E. Sommerville, Professor of Chemistry

Department Chair, Program Director for the MARC U*STAR Program

Phone: 970-247-7370
E-mail: sommervil_l@fortlewis.edu
Website: http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/sommervil_l/

Education
B.S., 1980, Fort Lewis College, Colorado
Ph.D., 1985, University of Minnesota
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1986-1988, University of Arizona
Faculty, 1988-1989, Bates College, Maine
Faculty, 1989-1991, St. Lawrence University, New York

Professional Interests
Biochemistry, metabolism and enzymology associated with dissimilatory Fe(III) reducing bacteria, enzymology of bacteria from the Acidobacteria division, and bioremediation.  


Chemistry Department Staff


Nick Gearhart, Laboratory DirectorNick Gearhart, Laboratory Director

Phone: 970-247-7638
E-mail: ncgearhart@fortlewis.edu

Education 
B.S., 2004, Fort Lewis College, Colorado
M.S., 2008, Colorado State University

Professional Experience 
Eisai Inc. 2008-2011 
H3 Biomedicine 2011-2012

Professional Interests
Medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry: utiliizing new cancer pathways and natural products in oncology based drug discovery.  


Debra Moses, Academic AssistantDebra Moses, Academic Assistant

Phone: 970-247-7033
E-mail: dmoses@fortlewis.edu

Education
B.S., 1995, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
(Wildlife Biology, minor: Chemistry)
M.S., 2000, Colorado State University (Botany)

Professional Interests
Ecology, plant taxonomy, organic farming research, chemistry
of cooking.


 

Friends of the Department


William R. Bartlett, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Bartlett retired in the summer of 2010.
Email: bartlett_t@fortlewis.edu 

Merle E. Harrison, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Harrison retired in 1988.
Email: harrison_m@fortlewis.edu

William C. Langworthy, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Langworthy retired in 1999 and has moved to Mount Vernon, Washington
Email: hillsidebill@aol.com

 James W. Mills, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry 

Dr. Mills retired in 2002.
Email: mills_j@fortlewis.edu

John M. Ritchey, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Ritchey retired in May 1996.
Email: dgojmr@gmail.com

Rosanna Babcock, Former Academic Assistant

Ro retired in December 2012.  She lives in Durango when she's not RVing around North America, drinking in all the beauties of nature and enjoying life.
Email:  alchemyst68@yahoo.com

Carl Stransky, Former Laboratory Coordinator

Carl retired in June 2004, is living in Durango and pursuing his career as an accomplished metal sculptor.


In Memoriam


Doreen M. Mehs, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Mehs passed away on May 16, 2009, from vascular dementia.

Irwin L. (Ike) Klundt, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Klundt passed away on October 31, 2009, after a 3 year battle with cancer.

Rodney D. Hamilton, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry 

Dr. Hamilton passed away on April 29, 2012, after a 4 year battle with cancer.

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