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Steven F.

I'm Steve, a Physical BioCHEMIST who enjoys enlightening Science.

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I have some experience teaching Science and Math in jr. and high school settings. I have extensive experience as a "T.A." in universities mostly in Chemistry Lab, Health Science Chemistry and some Physical Chemistry. These include recitation sessions in which I have worked with students "one-on-one" to answer questions on general comprehension of material as well as working thru specific problems.
My area of concentration has been in Physical Chemistry oriented towards Biological Applications. My specific area is Vibrational Circular Dichroism (C.D.) Spectroscopy wherein I have written a Dissertation on Density Functional Theory calculations of DNA, RNA nucleotides (and how this gives rise to C.D. spectra). This field being a "cross-current" one betwixt Physics, Chemistry and BioChemistry I have a strong interdisciplinary perspective (which is where much new Science emerges from) and try to incorporate some flavor of this into my tutoring. I find that many students respond to such "parallel" perspective well.

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Steven’s subjects

Biochemistry, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
Chemistry, Physics


I have, of course, taken a General Chemistry course (with lab) at the undergraduate level at the University of Virginia. I then completed an ACS approved B.S. course there including two Inorganic courses as well as Solution Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis, which tend to "bulk up" one's depth in this field.

At graduate school at the University of Minnesota I "T.A.'d" General Chemistry labs for a year, which included fielding questions weekly from any student who showed up at "recitation".

I later "T.A.'d" a course in General and Organic/Biochemistry for Health Science students at Howard University for ~ 5 years. (BTW T.A. = Teaching Assistant to the Professor running the Laboratory.)

Organic Chemistry

I have a rather detailed, broad background in Organic Chemistry. I took a "premed" version of the course at U.Va. before I became a Chemistry Major. After I switched to the ACS BS program there, I took Chairman Sundberg's Physical Organic Chemistry course (during which we students helped find "typo's" in his now well-known text). In preparation for qualifying exams in the University of Minnesota's Physical Chemistry PhD. program I studied the classic "Major's" textbook by Morrison & Boyd. While there I T.A.'d (teaching assistant to the Professor) a course in Kinetics for Organic Chemistry.

Upon re-entering Graduate School I then took a more recent version of Organic Chemistry at Howard University (to pursue the same research field I had invested 5 years at Minnesota in). I also T.A.'d Health Science students there in a course covering General, Organic & Biochemistry) for about 5 years. My Doctoral research was nominally in the field of Organic Chemistry, the sub-field of Biochemistry being subsumed into it at Howard. Although it was actually more along the lines of PHYSCIAL BioChemistry; the applications tend toward Organic/BioChem and I tend to keep up my interest in the subject through regular attendance at seminars given by the local Universities (Maryland, Georgetown, GW etc.).

Physical Science

I have a rather broad background in Physical Science. Back in high school I took 3 years of electronics and a couple in power/auto mechanics (after which I worked at a Sears auto center and on my own vehicles for years).

At the University of Virginia I started as pre-law/pre-med (i.e. didn't have any preference as to what to do) and so completed the requirements for a B.A. degree before I committed to the ACS (American Chemical Society) B.S. program where I received an extensive depth in Chemistry with an emphasis in Physical Chemistry. During these years I also took the majors 3-semester Physics course, calculus and an advanced science math tutorial with a Theoretical Chemist (also a year learning Basic and Fortran programming). More broadly I also took a year in Biology, Psychology and Anthropology (also a semester in Cell Physiology).

During the summers there I worked in a Physiology/Biochemistry lab at the U.Va. Med School and then with a Circular Dichroism (StereoChemistry) Theoretician.

I then spent 5 years in the Physical Chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota studying Vibrational Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy (doing extensive Fortran programming after courses in a Physics Electronics course, a Physical Biochemistry course and, naturally, extensive coursework in Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics).

After a short stint in a pico-second Kinetics lab (where I wrote a modular program to operate the Nd/YAG Laser spectrometer) I left Minnesota w/o degree. During these years I "T.A.'d" (Teaching Assistant to the Professor in a laboratory) courses in General Chemistry and a course in Graduate Kinetics for Organic chemistry.

I "served my national service" for a year with an adjunct professor of Electro-Optics at UCLA updating his textbook for engineers for Laser applications of Lidar night vision and related areas.
While out West I also taught a short while at a Prep School in Northridge teaching Math, Science, Computers and typing to Middle School students.

I then returned to grad school, attending Howard University (where a professor there does research in my previous field) where I broadened my expertise in Biochemistry and more recent developments throughout the Physical BioChemistry fields. There I obtained the first DFT (Density Functional Theory) calculations of all 8 DNA/RNA (A,T,G,C/U) nucleotides (structural optimization and Normal Coordinate determinations); to be used as input for a set of Polarizability Optical Activity calculations on oligo-nucleotides (utilizing DeVoe theory). I also "T.A.'d" a Health Science course covering General, Organic and Biochemistry during this time.

For two quarters I taught High School Geometry at a Charter School in Washington, D.C. (near Anacostia in NorthEast).

I am currently writing up my research for publication in peer-reviewed journals in preparation for a Post-Doctoral appointment.

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University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

University of Minnesota (Graduate Coursework)

Howard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (PhD)

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