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Dr. Lovitt teaches a large variety of majors courses
including general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry labs.
She also teaches interdisciplinary courses on climate change and scientific
reasoning for the undergraduate CORE curriculum.
Research with Dr. Lovitt is
the development of computational models of organometallic and organic reactions
to support experimental results. Current projects include investigating how
copper interacts with Alzheimer’s type proteins and how electrons transfer in
organometallic nanowires (collaborating with Prof. Eric Watson of Seattle U).
Dr. Lovitt received her Bachelors of Science from Kentucky
Wesleyan College. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of Prof. Greg Girolami, Prof. Thom Dunning,
and Prof. Paul Kelter. She was a 2008-9 Fulbright Fellow in Germany with Prof.
Gernot Frenking and a post-doctoral associate Prof. Weston T. Borden at the
University of North Texas. Prior to teaching at Seattle U, she was a course
director for general chemistry at University of Illinois, instructor of general
and organic chemistry at Bellevue College, and instructor of general chemistry
at Seattle Central Community College.
Dr. Lovitt served on the steering committee for the 2013 Seattle Science
Festival and helped organize the Seattle University booth for the expo (awarded
the 2013 UNESCO Peace for Science Science Expo Best Educator award). Dr. Lovitt
is the director for the Puget Sound Local Section Climate Communication workshops. When not in her office, Dr.
Lovitt can be found volunteering at the Pacific Science Center, biking/running
along the Puget Sound, or hiking one of the wonderful trails in the Pacific
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