Title: Joint Faculty, assistant professor, Northwestern State University, and conservation scientist, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Education: B.S. in geological sciences, University of Southern California; M.S. in marine science - chemical oceanography, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories; Ph.D. ineceanography - marine geology, Oregon State University
Years at NSU: 4.5
Job Description: I have a joint appointment with Northwestern State and the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). At NSU I teach chemistry and at NCPTT I do research in materials conservation. I am actually a marine geochemist, but as a community activist I became interested in heritage conservation. I was happy to find a place where I could make use of my scientific background in preservation, while still being able to teach and interact with students.
Why I Like Working at Northwestern State: My students keep me young and the joint appointment keeps me busy, active and out of trouble. Northwestern State has the feel of a small college where there is more interaction amongfaculty and students. The chemistry labs I teach are flexible enough that I am able to incorporate some environmental chemistry, allowing students to see the applicability of chemical concepts. I particularly like the opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research and have very much enjoyed working with Northwestern State students on research projects both at NSU and at NCPTT.