Chemistry Research Area
Dr. Laura Medhurst’s research focuses on using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), infrared spectroscopy (IR), and visible spectroscopy to study a variety of environmental and consumer systems. Previous studies have used NMR to determine phosphate levels in soft drinks and to determine the alcohol content of hand sanitizers. These studies often result in the development of undergraduate laboratory experiments.
Dr. Deana Jaber’s research group conducts research in the field of chemical education. We are particularly interested in developing pedagogical tools that have been shown to enhance the student’s learning experience. Examples of these tools are but are not limited to, card games in three formats (physical, virtual, and smart applications) and case studies. Pedagogical games have been used for teaching purposes and have yielded successful results. Gamification has also emerged as an excellent tool for improving educational outcomes. Case studies are stories that offer real-world narratives with a pedagogical message and guided inquiry. The purpose of the narrative is to help students practically apply theoretical information to solve real-world problems.