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Portrait of Karen Glover

Karen Glover, Ph.D.

Professor Chemistry,
Chair of Science and Mathematics
(563) 588-8139
Catherine Byrne Hall 230 E
MS 1746 (to send on-campus mail)

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 1994

BA in Chemistry, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. 1988


Professional Background

I worked as an industrial post-doc in a pharmaceutical company after graduate school. During this time, I was involved in organic synthesis of cyclic peptides with potential use as anti-coagulants.  I was exposed to a wide variety of synthetic techniques as well as specialized purification and characterization techniques.  At the beginning of my teaching career, I worked as a Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO).

During my undergraduate time, I participated in a summer research experience in the Netherlands.  My work resulted in a publication which described the X-ray crystal structure of an analog of cis-platin, a drug used for treatment of certain types of cancer.

Research Interests

  • Guided Inquiry teaching methods
  • Use of instrumentation in undergraduate research
  • Chiral reagents in synthesis
  • Sulfur containing compounds

Courses Taught

  • Organic Chemistry I and II, lecture and lab
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
    • ACS, Division of Chemical Education
    • ACS, Division of Chemical Health and Safety
    • ACS, IA-IL Local Section member
  • Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges (MACTLAC)
  • Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI)

Additional Information

  • Awarded funding by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Foundation for purchase of a 90 MHz Anasazi NMR Spectrophotometer in July of 2014.
  • Recipient of the Meneve Dunham Excellence in Teaching Award, Spring 2012