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Arshad Mehmood
Arshad is a postdoctoral associate in the research group of Prof. Benjamin G. Levine. He received his Ph.D. at Texas Christian University with Prof. Benjamin G. Janesko. His dissertation was focused on the development of computational chemistry interpretative tools to understand the orbital overlap and chemical reactivity. In the Levine group, he is working on modelling the photochemical properties of carbon dots and simulation of transient absorption spectrum using ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) and time dependent configuration interaction (TDCI).
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Charlisa Daniels
Charlisa Daniels is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Northern Kentucky University. She earned her BA from Agnes Scott College and a Ph.D. from Rice University, under the direction of Christy Landes. She was a postdoctoral research/teaching assistant at Trinity University (San Antonio, TX), mentored by Michelle Bushey. Charlisa’s research focuses on small molecule transport through stimuli-responsive polymer monolithic materials with the intent on improving water remediation tools, materials, and techniques. She uses the fight for clean water to reach not only her undergraduate students/researchers, but also to connect with the metro-Cincinnati population. She has partnerships with the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM), the metro Cincinnati ACS chapter (CINTACS), the Cincinnati Museum Center, Kentucky Campus Connect, and several Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky middle schools and middle grades youth groups. Charlisa also serves as faculty mentor to NKU’s Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) and Promoting an Inclusive Community with Kindreds in STEM (PICK STEM) student organizations. She has a strong motivation on highlighting the path to STEM for underrepresented groups.
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Jay Deiner
Jay Deiner is an associate professor of chemistry (City Tech, CUNY) and co-founder to Trimontana, an educational technology company devoted to enabling place-independent hands-on STEM learning. Jay earned a BA in chemistry from Wesleyan University, and a PhD in chemistry from Harvard University. Prior to his present appointment, Jay performed post-doctoral research at Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and at the Chemical Institute of São Carlos, a campus of the University of São Paulo (Brazil). He also spent a few years as an ink formulation chemist for the Hewlett-Packard corporation. Jay’s work combines a strong commitment to undergraduate education and materials research. In the realm of education, Jay has developed the Directed Self-Inquiry method for teaching scientific writing, and an Instrumental Methods of Analysis course employing the Application-Based Service Learning (ABSL) pedagogy. The ABSL work was part of an NSF funded project led by Nancy Trun at Duquesne University (#1226175). The establishment of Trimontana was inspired by the desire to deliver quality science education in any setting or modality. In materials research, Jay leads projects in inkjet and aerosol jet printing of electrochemical devices for energy conversion and storage. The work is funded by the Air Force Research Labs, and Jay serves on the editorial board of Advanced Engineering Materials.
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