After an extended voyage into the trauma of rural life, I graduated from high school and left the frozen wastes of central Minnesota for the more urban surroundings of St. Paul. I received my Baccalaureate Degree in Chemistry from Hamline University in the spring of 1994 and proceeded to begin my graduate career at the University of Minnesota later that same year. After five years of graduate service at the University of Minneapolis campus, I was awarded my Ph.D. in Chemical Physics (July 1999). Upon graduation I was finally able to completely free myself from the tyranny of winter by moving to Evansville to begin teaching at USI.
As a Chemical Physicist (Physical Chemist) my scientific interests focus on improving our understanding of the fundamental processes involved in chemical reactions and/or the basic properties of chemically relevant systems. Physical Chemists tend to be much more concerned with detailed explanations about how a reaction happens or how a system behaves than with typical synthetic goals.
On a personal note, I consider myself a connoisseur of fine food, wine and audio equipment and am often fascinated by radical political thought.