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Regina Stevens-Truss, Ph.D.

Teaching & Other College Responsibilities

  • Teaching
Chemistry of Antibiotics (formally Infectious Diseases: Remedy and Resistance): CHEM 107, Fall Quarter (for the fulfillment of general requirements for graduation)
    This course teaches the biochemical basis of infection and the role of antibiotics in their treatment.  In this class, non-science majors learn  the difference between bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, and the biochemical basis of their infectivity.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the difference between anti-infective agents and the chemistry that underlies their effectiveness.
    (Service Learning course)*  

    Chemical Analysis with Laboratory: CHEM 250, Fall Quarter
    An overview of analytical chemistry with special focus placed on the role of analysis in clinical, environmental and consumer product issues.  Major topics  discussed are: statistics in analysis, chromatography and other separations methods, spectrophotometry, titrametric analysis (special focus on acid-bases and buffers), and electrochemistry in bio-analysis.  The laboratory teaches various techniques used in routine chemical analysis and connects these techniques to their biological significance.
    (An inquiry-based independent project is  done)

    Biochemistry with Laboratory: CHEM 352, Winter Quarter
    An introduction to biochemical principles. Emphasis is placed on understanding the chemistry of biological molecules and on the biochemical reactions in metabolic and biosynthetic pathways. The course surveys, in detail, protein structure/function and enzyme kinetics, as well as carbohydrate, lipid, and amino acid metabolism. The laboratory emphasizes protein isolation and characterization, and enzyme kinetics.
    (Service Learning project)* 

    Introductory Chemistry II with Laboratory: CHEM 120, Spring Quarter
    The second course in the introductory series that emphasizes chemical reactivity.  Topics explored include molecular interactions and miscibility, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, and electrochemistry (redox chemistry).  The laboratory emphasizes hands on experimentation in kinetics, equilibrium and redox chemistry.  A new combination experiment teaches chromatographic techniques, specifically thin layer and column chromatography (manuscript in preparation). 
    (Service Learning course)*

  • Additional College Responsibilities Involving Students and Teaching
    • Kalamazoo College Howard Hughes Medical Institute Advisory Board--2000 to present
    • Educational Policies Committe --2001 to present 
    • Co-director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Concentration (an interdiciplinary   program  between Biology, Chemistry, and Health Sciences programs)--2002 to present
    • Faculty  Advisor to the Sisters in Science Student group--2001 to present
    • Kalamazoo College Planning Committee--November, 2002 to present
  • Additional Responsibilities Involving Area Schools (K-12) and Teaching
    • Director of The Art and Science of Medicine*.  A program for High-school students interested in careers in medicine--May 2000 to present
    • Science Advisor to Northglade Elementary School, Kalamazoo, MI--2001 to present
    • Advisory board member of the Kalamazoo Area American Chemical Society Women Chemist Committee--2000 to present.  We sponsor the bi-annual Chemistry Girl Scout Badge Program*.

    *Go to Outreach Programs for more details about service-learning projects, The Art and Science of Medicine, and the Chemistry Girl Scout Badge.  Several photos showcasing students in these programs can be found in the Photo Gallery.