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Joseph Ward

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Rockford Career College
  • 3PublicationsNumber of items in Joseph's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 2Followers

Research interests

Biofuels Enzyme reactions in organic solvent

About

My Ph.D. research was in the area of natural product synthesis and I still have strong research interests in the area of organic synthesis. In recent years I have become more interested in the use of enzymes to catalyze traditional organic reactions, which complements the large population of biochemistry majors at Rockford College. However, my primary passion is teaching. Student involvement and feedback are the cornerstones my teaching philosophy. As a teacher I try to not only impart the facts and rules of a subject to the student, but help them to build a set of skills they can use independently to solve problems. By teaching students to do more than just memorizing answers, they will be better prepared when they encounter chemical problems on an examination, in the laboratory, or on the job. Listening to a lecture in a classroom or auditorium does not actively impart the skills necessary to solve problems. I believe a multifaceted approach utilizing technological advancements and group problem sessions are a more effective way to achieve this goal. By not simply telling the students the subject material, but by showing the students through well-prepared lectures and effective use of technology and, by involving the students through in class problem sessions, demonstrations and laboratory experimentation, students will understand more of the subject, including its systematic nature. Success in accomplishing this will increase the enjoyment and enthusiasm the students have for the subject and facilitate learning of not only facts and rules, but also how to solve problems. I believe that this will serve the community well by beginning to break the myth that organic chemistry is simply a difficult subject that one must memorize in order to pass. Specialties: synthetic organic chemistry, NMR analysis, Instrument operation and maintenance (NMR, IR, UV/Vis, GC), teaching organic chemistry Technical and business analysis of PowerCAMPUS and associated programs, Web Design and Programming (HTML, XHTML, PHP, SQL, CSS), Linux system administration.

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  • Reza Soleymani

    Reza SoleymaniYoung Researchers Club - Islamic Azad University - Shahre rey Branch

  • Scott Goldie

    Scott Goldie

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Publications (3)

  • EFFECT OF BYPRODUCTS FROM THE OZONATION OF PYRENE: BIPHENYL-2,2′,6,6′-TETRACARBALDEHYDE AND BIPHENYL-2,2′,6,6′-TETRACARBOXYLIC ACID ON GAP JUNCTION INTERCELLULAR COMMUNICATION AND NEUTROPHIL FUNCTION

    • Luster-Teasley S
    • Ganey P
    • DiOrio M
    • et al.
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  • Total Synthesis of Proposed Amphidinolide A via a Highly Selective Ring-Closing Metathesis

    • Maleczka ,
    • Terrell L
    • Geng F
    • et al.
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  • Synthetic studies toward amphidinolide A: Synthesis of fully functionalized subunits

    • TERRELL L
    • WARDIII J
    • MALECZKAJR R
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Professional experience

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Rockford College

September 2002 - Present

Graduate/Teaching Assistant

Michigan State University

August 1996 - August 2002(6 years)

Instructor

Michigan State University

May 2002 - July 2002(2 months)

Education

PhD in Organic Chemistry

Michigan State University

August 1996 - August 2002(6 years)

BS in Chemistry

Lawrence Technological University

August 1992 - May 1996(4 years)