Faculty Profile

Jason Gavenonis

Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2014)

Contact Information

gavenonj@dickinson.edu

Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 1109
717.245.1975

Education

  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2003
  • Ph.D., Boston College, 2010

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I with Lab
The major focus of this course is on the reactivities of organic and inorganic molecules; this is an extension of the study of the covalent bond that was studied in Chemistry 141. Topics include reaction types and mechanisms, stereochemistry, nomenclature, and spectroscopic methods. Laboratory work involves the synthesis, analysis and identification of organic and inorganic molecules. Three hours classroom and four hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 132 or 141.

CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I with Lab
The major focus of this course is on the reactivities of organic and inorganic molecules; this is an extension of the study of the covalent bond that was studied in Chemistry 141. Topics include reaction types and mechanisms, stereochemistry, nomenclature, and spectroscopic methods. Laboratory work involves the synthesis, analysis and identification of organic and inorganic molecules. Three hours classroom and four hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 132 or 141.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2017

CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II with Lab
This course continues the study of the reactivities of organic and inorganic molecules started in 241. Particular emphasis is placed on unsaturated systems. Laboratory work continues investigations into the synthesis, analysis, and identification of organic and inorganic molecules begun in 241. Three hours classroom and four hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 241.

CHEM 490 Drug Discovery and Development
This course will provide a broad overview of the history of pharmaceutical industry, from the initial development of antibiotics such as sulfanilamide as an offshoot of the dye industry to the advent of structure-based drug design and post-genomic approaches to target identification. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of small-molecule drugs. We will explore each step of the drug-discovery process, and students will present an overview of a particular drug's journey through this process to their peers at the All Science Symposium. Prerequisites: CHEM 342 or permission of instructor.