Regina Stevens-Truss, Ph.D.
Other College Responsibilities
of Antibiotics (formally Infectious Diseases: Remedy and Resistance):
CHEM 107, Fall Quarter (for the fulfillment of general requirements
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
(Service Learning course)*
with Laboratory: CHEM 250, Fall Quarter
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)
Laboratory: CHEM 352, Winter Quarter
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)*
II with Laboratory: CHEM 120, Spring Quarter
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
- 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
- Kalamazoo College Planning Committee--November, 2002 to
- 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
- 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*.
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.