Faculty Profile

Amy Witter

Associate Professor of Chemistry (1999), Department Chair

Contact Information

witter@dickinson.edu

Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 2109
717.245.1681
http://blogs.dickinson.edu/amywitter/

Bio

Her long-term research interests lie in the field of environmental analytical chemistry. Her current research projects involve investigating the chemical effects of urbanization on stream sediment chemistry and the development of new analytical methods for studying plant secondary metabolites.

Education

  • B.A., Wellesley College, 1987
  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1996

2013-2014 Academic Year

Fall 2013

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.

BIOL 401 Chemical Ecology
Cross-listed with CHEM 490-01. Our interdisciplinary course will focus on the role of natural products in ecology, physiology, and medicine. The lecture portion will emphasize the chemistry behind the molecules that play a role in important biologically mediated interactions in nature. The laboratory will introduce you to the practice of science, including experimental design, laboratory techniques, and scientific communication. This new course is a “problem-based learning” course, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Selected readings from the primary literature and the popular press are required. Laboratory projects will emphasize experimental design and hypothesis testing. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.

CHEM 490 Chemical Ecology
Cross-listed with BIOL 401-01. Our interdisciplinary course will focus on the role of natural products in ecology, physiology, and medicine. The lecture portion will emphasize the chemistry behind the molecules that play a role in important biologically mediated interactions in nature. The laboratory will introduce you to the practice of science, including experimental design, laboratory techniques, and scientific communication. This new course is a “problem-based learning” course, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Selected readings from the primary literature and the popular press are required. Laboratory projects will emphasize experimental design and hypothesis testing. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2014

CHEM 243 Modern Chemical Analysis
The theory of chemical equilibrium as it pertains to acid-base, metal-ligand, redox, and EDTA titrations. Topics such as experimental design, sampling, calibration strategies, standardization, and the optimization and validation of experimental results will be covered. Statistical analysis of data will also be included. This class is meant to aid students in developing both a sound knowledge of experimental protocols (i.e. How many samples do we need to collect? How do we extract our analyte from the matrix? How much sample must be extracted in order to obtain a measurable result? How do we measure what's present? and in the critical evaluation of experimental results (How much confidence do we have that our results are representative of the system under study?). Prerequisite: 132 or 141. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch