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Research with Dr. Lovitt is the development of high quality
computer models of single molecules and chemical reactions. Students use
computer programs such as Gausssian to calculate properties of molecules from
quantum mechanical first principles and visualize results with Avagadro,
Chem3D, or ChemCraft. All calculations are run on supercomputers through the
Xtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment or Gridchem. Once learning
the basics of molecular modeling. Students can choose to model any molecules of
interest but we tend to focus on transition metal complexes. We are always
looking for collaborations with experimental chemists who have interesting and
Dr. Charity Flener Lovitt is a lecturer at Seattle U where
she focuses on general chemistry and interdisciplinary science courses. She is
also active in science outreach and helped plan a successful booth for Seattle
University at the inaugural 2012 Seattle Science EXPO. She will serve as an
advisor on the 2013 Seattle Science EXPO Task Force. When not teaching, course
planning, or grading, Dr. Lovitt stays active in the Seattle U community by
participating in workshops for the new CORE curriculum and pilots of the new
interests are in computational models of organometallic and organic reactions
to support and enhance 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).
Her undergraduate and graduate work spanned a diverse range
of fields from cold shock domains in trigger factor proteins, synthesis of
molecular magnets, methane and hydrogen activation by transition metals, and
chemical education. Research has taken her from a small town in Kentucky to
studies at universities in Illinois, Georgia and Texas and research in Germany,
Slovakia, and Cambodia. For her PhD, she
was lucky enough to work with three fabulous mentors; Prof. Greg Girolami,
Prof. Thom Dunning, and Prof. Paul Kelter.
She spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow to Germany with Prof.
Gernot Frenking and was a postdoctoral associate with Prof. Wes Borden at the
University of North Texas. She then left the hot desert of Texas for the mild temperatures
of Seattle. She was an instructor in chemistry at Bellevue College before
coming to Seattle University in September 2011.
Dr. Lovitt has published articles in Angewandte Chemie, the
Journal of the American Chemical Society, Organometallics, and the Journal of
Physical Chemistry. Together with Paul Kelter, she edited a book called
Chemistry as a Second Language: Chemical Education in a globalized society with
ACS books. She often presents at national and international meetings on both
computational and chemical education topics.
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