A: Well, graduate school kind of kills your hobbies, but I enjoy reading. I love classic literature, especially (Jane Austen’s) “Sense and Sensibility.” I like cooking too. I am not saying I am a good cook, but I do like to mess around. If I didn’t set off the fire alarm, it was a good day in the kitchen.
Q: What is your favorite thing about chemistry? A: It’s the sense of awe I get when I think about chemistry and work through chemistry problems. I have to say I do have a little passion for biochemistry.
Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching?
A: I think it’s the interaction with the students. There is something about that aha moment that’s really addictive. There is something about someone’s face when it goes from “I have no idea what you are talking about” to “Oh I understand that.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Africa. I know for sure South Africa and Botswana. I would love to squeeze in a few other countries in Africa. For one, I think the wildlife and the geography and culture is fascinating. I would basically go anywhere, but that’s highest right now.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
A: I am not a very adventurous person, so when most people find out I go scuba diving they are pretty surprised.