photo 10/11/12 at LSF 303H office at Francis Marion University photo 10/30/10 at Patchogue apartment (Long Island, NY)
Homepage Juliet M. Hahn, Ph.D.
This website is maintained and funded independently by Dr. Juliet Hahn
updated by Dr. Hahn on 1/23/15 Friday at 9:40 am from her FMU office (posted periodic table & doc camera notes 1/22/15)
Assistant Professor at Francis Marion University (starting Fall semester 2012)
I am not a graduate student or any other kind of student at FMU or anywhere else. I am not waiting to become a graduate student or any other kind of student at FMU or anywhere else. I already have the highest degree possible in Chemistry [a doctorate (PHD) in Chemistry] so I am not doing research to get some sort of degree. There is no circumstance under which I will do research under another professor at FMU. I am not now or ever in the future working on research under any other professor at FMU. I am not working on research under another professor at FMU who is collaborating with someone at USC. I am not collaborating on research with a professor in another department at FMU. I am not sharing a research student with anyone at FMU. (I am still and never doing research with anyone as stated above. updated 11/1/14 at noon from her parent's Columbia, SC home)
Othere things that I am too smart to do: (Anyone smart enough to write a decent reserach proposal [to start up a new research project] is too smart to do.) I am not going to write a research proposal and submit it under another professor's name. Why in the world would I do that ? Writing a research proposal properly is a little bit like donating blood to the research proposal time sucking vampire. It bleeds you dry nearly to death. I would do it if I am going to get a promotion and tenure for it. I am not going to let the research proposal vampire suck me dry so that I can let some guy that I don't even like get promotion and accolades while I get the glory of getting kicked around and abused. If someone is going to claim someone else's research proposal, they can only do it if they manage to convince everyone that the actual proposal writer knows absolutly nothing and that all you, the actual proposal writer did is type the research proposal [do the slave labor] as if you were the secretary typing up other people's work. I am not going to let myself bleed almost to death writing a research proposal and then give someone an incentive to abuse, discredit and destroy me. Snow balls chance in hell. When hell freezes over. Shove it. Never going to happen. You (who thinks I am going to do this) can join the snow ball.
You want a properly written research proposal give me a promotion and let me write it under my own name. (Normal salary for a postdoctoral researcher ? $45,000.00 / year to do nothing but research NOT $3,000.00 per year. [Actually a postdoc who can write a research proposal and can start a research project does not exist because a person with that skill set would be an excellent tenure track professor.] You think you can hire a decent research proposal writing postdoc for $3,000.00 per year? NOT everyone with a PHD can write a decent research proposal. I know some professors at universities with a fairly big PHD program who can't write a proposal to save their lives. Normal salary I paid my undergrad (not even a BS student) more than $3,000.00 during one summer. posted by Dr. Juliet Hahn on 1/15/15 at 10 pm from her Florence apartment
updated by Dr. Juliet Hahn on 1/21/15 at 9:30 pm from her Florence apartment [input "start up a research project" with the same sentiment] I am not going to let myself be abused and I am not going to let my career completely diappear just so somebody that I don't even like will have a little tiny bit of a better career.
office: Francis Marion University
Department of Chemistry
Florence, SC 29502
office: Leatherman Science Facility L303H
Go into room/complex 303 just down 2 doors from LSF L301 your lecture room.
My office is the last one to the right down the right hallway.
My "turn in assignments box" is the wooden box (among the whole bunch of boxes) located between the two doors of LSF L304.
home: 200 Bentree Lane A-6
Florence, SC 29501
312 Lancer Dr. (parent's home where I hang out a lot)
Columbia, SC 29212
I grew up in Columbia, SC and upstate New York. I have family in SC and Virginia. I am of course a US citizen.
High School: Irmo High School, Columbia, SC (top 1% in cumulative GPA of my graduating class, top 3% nationally on PSAT) I also attended E.L. Wright Elementary School in Columbia.
BS Chemistry University of South Carolina, Columbia (where my parents still live), Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 3.8/4.0 GPA (2 computer classes short of chemistry / computer science double major)
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, State University of New York, Stony Brook
postdoctoral research University of Wisconsin, Madison; Columbia University (NY,NY)
more than 10 years experience - all post Ph.D. as a tenure track assistant professor
teaching: class sizes between 50 and 300 students, Organic Lecture (mostly for science majors), General Chemistry Lecture (mostly for science majors), Organic Lab (using own sole authored copyrighted lab textbook), General Chemistry Lab, graduate level (PHD & MS students) Advanced Organic, Bioorganic and Organic Spectroscopy, Organometallic Chemistry
Here is the hyperlink to my Teaching Evaluations at FMU (from Spring 2014) To answer the question about my authority (ability - Oh No, I am not just a little stupid girl who barely knows how to write her name.) to teach a class in General Chemistry with a PHD in Organic, graduate level coursework completed by Dr. Hahn: PHD Organic, with additional 21 credit hours in Inorganic, 12 credit hours in Analytical (Most Chemistry PHD programs require 9 to 12 credit hours for a major in a Chemistry sub area, Therefore I have enough graduate credit to claim to have a triple major in the Chemistry sub areas of Organic, Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry. General Chemistry is usually taught by Chemistry PHDs with a sub area major of Inorganic or Analytical.) (note: This semester (Fall 2014), I am teaching 2 sections of General Chemistry I Lectures and 3 sections of General Chemistry I Labs & no other classes. I do not teach under any other name. If the course schedule does not list me as the professor of record, I am not teaching that class. Next semester (Spring 2015), I am teaching 2 sections of General Chemisitry I Lectures and 3 sections of General Chemistry I Labs & no other classes.)
research: research as principal investigator with primarily undergraduate students (1) carbon nanotube functionalization to make electrically conducting thin films - new materials, solar energy collector (2) photodimerization of thymine to bioorganically experimentally simulate the photodimerization reaction implicated in skin cancer (3) stereoselective synthetic methodology using organoaluminum catalysis and a zwitterionic effect in a class of neurobiologically active natural products with potential application as diagonostic or pharmaceuticals for diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Dr. Hahn's Schedule Spring 2015: Here is my schedule for the Spring 2015 semester.
General Chemistry I Lecture (CHEM 101 Lecture, section 5162) Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 to 9:45 am LSF 301
enrollment 1/8/15 62 students (max # = 62) ***** enrollment # 1/18/15 66 students (maximum # = 66 students)
General Chemistry I Lecture (CHEM 101 Lecture, section 4752) Tuesday, Thursday 9:55 to 11:10 am LSF 301
enrollment 1/8/15 55 students (max # = 55) ***** enrollment # 1/18/15 63 students (maximum # = 63 students)
General Chemistry I Lab (CHEM 101 Lab, section 4755) Tuesday 12:45 to 3:35 pm LSF 304/MSB 318
enrollment 1/8/15 30 (max # 30) ***** enrollment # 1/18/15 33 students (maximum # = 33 students)
General Chemistry I Lab (CHEM 101 Lab, section 4756) Wednesday 1:30 to 4:20 pm LSF 304/MSB 318
enrollment 1/8/15 30 (max # 30) **** enrollment # 1/18/15 33 students (maximum # = 33 students)
General Chemistry I Lab (CHEM 101 Lab, section 5163) Thursday 12:45 to 3:35 pm LSF 304/MSB 318
enrollment 1/8/15 30 (max # 30) ***** enrollment # 1/18/15 33 students (maximum # = 33 students)
updated enrollment of 1/18/15 posted by Dr. Juliet Hahn on 1/19/15 from her parent's Columbia, SC home Because my class enrollment is the maximum, none of my classes are visible in the "Open Classes" view. No I have not quit teaching because I can't even guess why someone would think that I quit teaching. No I have not been removed from teaching. Dr. Williams was apparently in Pennsylvania the week before the start of classes. I think I have heard him tell other people that he has a house there. I asked him this at the beginning of classes and he said that he was visiting his 94 year old mother in law who is in a home under the highest level of care. My parents are of course much younger than Dr. Williams' parents because I am much younger than Dr. Williams. My parents require no care of any kind. They walk about 5 miles every other day and are in excellent health so no I did not quit teaching to take care of my parents. I still visit them every weekend because they live in a 4 bedroom home on over an acre of land and I live in a one bedroom apartment. posted by Dr. Hahn on 1/19/15 from her parent's Columbia, SC home at 8:30 am
My section of the General Chemistry I Lecture 4752 Tuesday, Thursday 9:55 to 11:10 am has now had its enrollment set back down to 62 students. My 5162 has 65 people in it. I can't see how many people are in Dr. Varazo's section of the General Chemistry I lecture. If you have a compelling reason for trying to get into my 4752 section (The reason cannot be because you want to take the class from me. Conflicting work schedule or other conflicting classes would be a valid reason) you may still be able to get into that lecture class. According to Dr. Williams, he will manually add people as he sees fit on a one to one basis maybe because the stars align just right.) posted by Dr. Hahn on 1/12/15 M at 3:25 pm from her FMU office
Please note that my General Chemistry I Lecture that runs from 9:55 to 11:10 am Tuesday Thursday is held in LSF 301. DO NOT CONFUSE my CHEM 101 Lecture with Mrs. Herberts labs which runs from 9:55 to 12:35 am Tuesday (for CHEM 101 Lab) and from 9:55 to 12:35 am Thursday (for CHEM 102 Lab). Mrs. Herbert will be teaching in LSF L 109 for the recitation part of the lab and in the lab room (either MSB 318 or MSB 316). DO NOT GO TO room LSF 109 and think that I thought Dr. Hahn has dark hair while watching Mrs. Herbert teaching her General Chemistry I or II lab. I am teaching my General Chemistry I (CHEM 101) Lecture in LSF 301 at 8:30 to 9:45 am Tuesday and Thursday and then another section of the General Chemistry I (CHEM 101) Lecture in LSF 301 from 9:55 to 11:10 am in LSF 301.
posted by Dr. Hahn on 1/10/15 Saturday at 10:30 am from her parent's Columbia, SC home
Maximum enrollment for all lecture sections has been set to 65. The maximum for all sections of the lab has been set to 32. as of 1/9/15 afternoon I don't find much difference between a few more or a few less students so I asked for even more increase but this is all they agreed to.
I have also asked the lab professors (Mrs. Herbert and Dr. Ribar), Mr. Ragsdale and Dr. Williams (Mr. Ragsdale & Dr. Williams are not teaching any of CHEM 101 labs this semester but I always go through proper channels when asking for any changes) that we have labs the first week of classes. The reason why I asked for this is so that at the end of the semester, you will have the lab final exam one week before the lecture final exam and it will give us (the lab professors) enough time to get all the grading done. (This is always a problem for me as both a lab and lecture professor because I have to grade ~90 lab grades (*10 labs *3lab MiniFinals = ~1200 individual grades) and the ~120 lecture grades (7quiz grades, 3exams, HW, final exam, etc; ~1500 individual grades for the lecture). It will also mean that there will be no labs in the last 2 weeks of the semester - just the lab final exam and then nothing. I sometimes think that students don't do their very best in the lecture final exams because they are spending the last week of classes doing labs. So unless something happens, I would expect that we will be holding a lab the first week of classes. The first week of lab will just be "Math Practice" and checking into the lab drawers and going over safety so no actual chemistry experiment but please plan on coming to the lab class the first week. posted by Dr. Hahn 1/9/15 at 5 pm from her parent's Columbia, SC home
Here is my enrollment maximum and the number of enrolled students in my class as of 1/8/15 (see above ******* by classes I am teaching in the Spring 2015 semester). The max # is the enrollment maximum. Of course if the number of students enrolled is at the maximum number, the class disappears from "Open Class" list so currently none of my classes are visible. Someone asked me about a Thursday section of the evening lab of General Chemistry 101 Lab. There is no such section as far as I know. The actual number of space in each section of the lab is 32. If all sections of the lab currently have 30 in each section and there are 6 sections of the lab so if the enrollement maximum is reset to 32, then there should be an extra 6*2=12 more spaces in the lab sections. Of course some of the lab sections do not match the time for all of the labs so one cannot sign up for some labs at the same time that a student signs up for some of the lectures. I remember that the first time that I was at FMU, the lab size was set to a maximum of 34 because there are always people who sign up for the class and then drop. If the lab enrollement maximum is set to 34 then there would be a maximum of 4 x 6 = 24 more spaces in the lab sections. I am not at all sure why the enrollment maximum for one section of my lecture has a limit of 55 students but I do know that there is enough room in LSF 301 for around 80 students because I had about 80 students in each section my Spring 2014 semester lecture class. So if you are trying to get into a General Chemistry 101 class in the Spring 2015 semester, you will probably be able to get into the class at some future time. I do not mind grading a few more papers for the lab or lecture and I am not looking for a student assistant to help me grade. I have had students assistants who helped me grade in the past and I really could not trust their grading so I don't really want a student assistant to help me grade.
posted by Dr. Hahn on 1/8/15 Thursday at noon from her parent's Columbia, SC home
posted 10/2/14 at 3:30 pm from her FMU office by Dr. Juliet Hahn (I was trying to get a better room for the prelab part of the labs but I am not trying to get another schedule. They probably would not give me some other schedule. This was the schedule which I was assigned and I am not for instance trying to teach some other lab (instead of the General Chemistry I Lab). If my name is not listed as the professor of record, I am not teaching that class. I am not in talks to teach some other class other than the class which has my name as the professor of record.
All my classes are not visible because the classes are full. If you want to see the schedule of classes (not just for Chemistry but for all classes offered you can to go to http://www.fmarion.edu. under for "current students" --> click on swampfox web ---> click on "Spring 2015 Course Schedule" This will give you the same thing as the hardcopy schedule. This lists all classes offered in the Spring 2015 semester. Just because you do not see any classes offered in Spring 2015 (for Chem 101) does not mean that the class is not offered. It does not mean that there is not enough room to hold you in the class. It does not mean that I no longer work at FMU and the classes have been canceled. I happen to know that the room is big enough to hold a maximum of 80 people in the lectures (in LSF 301) and 32 students in the labs (I have had as many as 35 students in the lab). Currently the lecture have a little over 50 students in each section and about 25 students in each lab section. It is however possible that you may not be able to get into your choice of times or professors. posted by Dr. Hahn at 4:40 pm 11/5/14 from her FMU office
Dr. Hahn's Schedule Fall 2014
General Chemistry I Lecture (CHEM 101 Lecture, section 0068) MWF 9:30 to 10:20 am LSF 301 (53 students)
General Chemistry I Lecture (CHEM 101 Lecture, section 3101) MWF 10:30 to 11:20 am LSF 301 (56 students)
General Chemistry I Lab (CHEM 101 Lab, section 3488) F 12:30 to 3:30 pm, LSF 301 prelab, MSB 318 lab (26 students)
General Chemistry I Lab (CHEM 101 Lab, section 6556) M 12:30 to 3:30 pm, LSF 301 prelab, MSB 318 lab (25 students)
General Chemistry I Lab (CHEM 101 Lab, section 0089), W 1:30 to 4:20 pm, LSF 301 prelab, MSB 318 lab (25 students)
[the enrollment numbers as of 8/19/14 --- If you look up "the Registrar's Open Classes", you will not be able to see any class where the maximum enrollment is matched by the number of enrolled students.] I am teaching all of the above listed classes. I am not teaching some other class where my name is not listed as the professor of record. I am not teaching at some other time other than the times listed. I am not an assistant in another professor's class. (despite another professor asking me in front of his class if I would grade his exams) I am not the undergraduate assistant who sometimes zeroxes other professor's lab reports or exams. I am the professor of record for the above listed classes.
If some one says that I teach under another professor's name such as Williams or Holliman or Carr or McCutcheon, they are telling you a lie. There is a lab professor who teaches under Williams or Holliman's name. I am not that lab professor. All the classes which were supposed to be taught by Dr. Carr are being taught by Dr. McCutcheon because Dr. McCutcheon was hired to replace Dr. Carr. Dr. McCutcheon does walk around carrying a text book which says "Ragsdale" but that is because she is borrowing Mr. Ragsdale's textbook. Dr. McCutcheon is a woman. Mr. Ragsdale is a man. My name is neither McCutcheon nor Ragsdale. So I am teaching the above classes and no other classes.
The labs orginally scheduled to be taught by Ms. Britton and Ms. melton are being taught by Dr. Ribar. Ms. Britton quit working for FMU because her mother has cancer and because her cheerleading daughter required a lot of car shuttling. Ms. Melton quit because she took on more responsibility in her job at an education supply store. (I don't know first hand any of this but this is what someone told me.) I only mention this because I have heard this sort of thing about myself and I know that neither of those stories applies to me. I am not Dr. Ribar. Dr. Ribar used to teach part time (Organic labs) many years ago according to what someone told me. Dr. Williams said that Dr. Ribar is about his age. I did not change my name because I married someone so my name remains Dr. Hahn.
I am only teaching classes which list me as the professor of record. updated posted by Dr. Hahn at 5:02 pm from her FMU office (and no I do not go by some other name - except Juliet or Dr. Hahn - if someone calls me by someone else's name, I don't know why they would do so. I did have a professor say that the woman who teaches evening lab and no longer works here is Dr. Hahn to my face. I have never taught evening lab at FMU and obviously I work here because I am teaching 110 lecture students and 80 lab students.)
These are the only classes which I am teaching this semester. There was no last minute change to my schedule. (The lab is being held in MSB 318 although the lab room is not listed on the hardcopy schedule.) This is the same schedule as in the print version of the course schedule for Fall 2014. I am not teaching under some other person's name. updated 8/19/14 by Dr. Hahn from her FMU office LSF 303H
What Am I Doing Now? (If you are curious about what I was doing earlier, click on the "What Am I Doing Now?" hyperlink)
I was very busy grading and coming up with final grades for my ~110 General Chemistry I Lecture students and my ~ 80 General Chemistry I Lab students. I did after all have an eleven page final exam for ~110 students, 2/3 not multiple choice which I graded by myself. I had to process: for the lecture - 7 quizzes, 3 exams, final exams, grades from labs, online homework (deadline last day classes - some students were not able to purchase the HW program until a few weeks into the semester), blackboard participation. I had to manulally delete 2 lowest grade quizzes and manuallly replace lowest grade exam by final, ... for the lab - ~ 10 lab report grades, grade a 4 page all word problem lab final exam for 80 students, manually drop lowest lab grade, etc..
Now I am visiting my parents house in Columbia, SC. I slept for a day. I made up X-mas cards for one day. I am now doing anything not Chemistry grading to recharge my brain. I did do chemistry research (at USC, Columbia on a collaborative research project with my USC collaborator - not an FMU collaborator) during winter break last year but this year, I decided that the break is not enough time to really do anything from last year's experience.
So I helped my mom make some rather elaborate foods and I helped my Dad put up the decorations on the house and I am walk - exercizing with my parents. They are in excellent health (knock wood) and can outwalk me. As soon as my brain is recharged, I will start working on my syllabus for Spring 2014.
posted by Dr. Hahn 12/17/14 Wednesday 8:45 am from her parent's 4 BR house in a subdivision in Columbia, SC (rather than my 1 BR apartment in Florence)
Doing Research with FMU students at USC, Columbia in host lab: Ashley Bird (biology major, chemistry minor, senior), Melanie Thomas (biology major, chemistry minor, premed, junior) and Dr. Juliet Hahn (chemistry major BS from USC, Columbia, chemistry doctorate - SUNY, Stony Brook, postdoctoral research Columbia Univeristy, NY and University of Wisconsin, Madison) June 2014
Students were supported by Francis Marion University REAL research grant, principal investigator of training grant - Dr. Juliet Hahn. No, I was not working under the supervision any other FMU chemistry professor. I was not working as a postdoctoral research associate under any FMU professor. REAL grant was awarded to Dr. Juliet Hahn. Equipment limitations made working on this project impossible at FMU but equipment sharing with USC made the work possible. (REAL grant to Dr. Hahn from June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014) (Ashley worked between 10 and 20 hours per week on Friday and some Saturdays when she was not taking her summer school (summer I) class at FMU. Melanie worked 40 to 50 hours per week. The students were paid quite a bit over minimum wage. Dr. Hahn worked between 60 to 70 hours per week as a volunteer (no pay) at USC. All REAL funding was 100% entirely spent on student pay. I recruited FMU students with the highest GPA possible with enough Chemistry to do the research. Chemistry research really requires intelligent students, otherwise it is downright dangerous.
Because the students drove from Florence to Columbia to do the research, I would almost always start a reaction in the morning and then the students would come in to assist me with the reaction workup and I would finish up the reaction workup after the students left for the day.) Because we were borrowing expensive glassware and equipment, students never worked on any reactions independently but only under constant direct supervision of Dr. Hahn. Students were able to use the IR and TLC independently but were not allowed to use the FT NMR themselves because of liability issues. Students were never in the lab unless I was also in the lab because of liability issues. Dr. Hahn continued to work on the research project while also teaching one lab during Summer School II 2014 at FMU (research at USC, teaching at FMU). Dr. Hahn worked around 60 to 70 hours per week all summer long on this research project. Even when I was teaching summer school at FMU 30 hours, I spent the other 30 to 40 hours working on this project at USC. Actually I worked as a volunteer in Adam's lab since summer 2013. Whenever I was not teaching at FMU, I was working in Adams' lab. During Christmas 2013 Adams did not want me to come into the lab until most of his students had left for vacation (I guess because of crowded space issues.) so I worked in his lab from around December 20 to January (I only did not go in on Christmas, New Year's Day and New Year's Eve.). I am not going into the lab to work because I have nothing better to do or because I don't know how good it feels to rest for a while. I was not going into the lab to work for companionship or to have a good time because a lab is a professional environment. I went into the lab to work because I was trying to get a publication for professional advancement. I worked 12 hour days during Summer 2013 without pay when I was not teaching summer school for pay at FMU.
Students were able to experience exactly what doing research as a graduate student is like. They had a closeup experience of how to navigate being a chemistry graduate student and met a lot of USC chemistry graduate students and USC chemistry faculty. Graduate students accepted into PHD programs in good standing in STEM fields at most big Universities receive full tuition waivers and stipend at the level of a full time job. However because graduate students are in competition with other agressive, intelligent students (graduate students are accepted in good standing with a 3.0 or higher BS in the major) being a graduate student is of course not easy. Anything worth getting is never easy. Graduate student do not get paid by the hour because in order to complete enough work for a doctorate, students need to basically be working all the time. When I was working on my doctorate, I worked 70 to 80 hours a week - 12 hours a day 7 days a week (from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm). (This is not me saying to my FMU General Chemistry students that if you say that you are interested in either research or going to graduate school that it will have any kind of an effect on your grade in the class. The only thing that has an effect on your grade in the class is what you write down correctly on your exams and quizzes & no your exams are not being graded by research students or your good buddy down the dorm hallway.)
We worked on a research
project offshoot continuing in Dr. Adams' lab (professor at USC).
The research has been accepted as a presentation at the National
American Chemical Society meeting in Spring 2015. "Reaction
of Styrene Epoxide with H2Os3(CO)10" authors:
Juliet Hahn, Ms. Melanie Thomas, Ms. Ashley Bird (Author
list is written from most contribution to the research to the least
contribution to the research.)
[Dr. Adams felt (very generously, thanks Dr. Adams) that
we (from FMU) had worked so independently of him that he knew nothing about what we
had done during the summer.
He requested that his name be removed from the abstract author
list.] This work is not just from the work done during
summer 2014 but also from the groundwork that I laid down by working in
Adams' lab for all of 2013-2014.
The work is to develop a catalyst for the inexpensive synthesis of ethanol (ubiquitous gasoline additive). Synthesizing ethanol from corn takes almost as much energy as is derived from burning the ethanol in cars. This work synthesized 4 new potential catalyst molecules (in the intermediate stage of the catalyst cycle) never observed before. Making more of these 4 chemicals and full spectroscopic characterization of these 4 new products should result in a publication in a refereed journal.
posted by Dr. Hahn 12/20/14 11 pm from her parent's Columbia, SC home
Fall 2013 in General Chemistry I Lecture Fall 2014 Halloween Costume worn to class
cat card from parents "meows" (good witch - watches students as they study and knows everything like Santa)
(good witch - potion witch costume, & cat familiar)
Why am I wearing Halloween costumes to teach class ? Strategy: If students show up to class (even for some frivolous reason), I can do something to help them learn. If they do not show up to class and do not participate, it is game over. I can have no effect on the students at all if they never come to class. Studies have shown that almost all students who flunk out of class, almost all of them do not attend class. (This is why I give extra credit for attendance because attendance is that important.) posted by Dr. Hahn 12/17/14 at 8:50 am from her parent's Columbia, SC home
A question which I keep getting is why did you decide to go into chemistry ? Why did you decide to teach at Francis Marion University? Do you have children ?
Why did I go into Chemistry ? I liked Chemistry when I was in high school and in college and I was very good at it. When my Freshman class in college took an ACS standardized exam, I got the highest grade among all students (~ 200 student class) who took the exam. I do have to admit that I did taked 2 years of Chemistry in high school (one AP Chemistry class) and did not "Advance Place" out of a semester of Introductory Chemistry because I was pretty sure that I wanted to major in it and did not want to have holes in my Introductory Chemistry classes. (So it is not really that surprising that I got a high standardized exam grade.) Am I telling you this to make you all into chemistry majors ? Not really. Everyone should do what they enjoy doing and what they are good at doing. Because if you do what you like doing then you will be successful at it and you will never "work" a day of your life because you will be doing what you like doing. Of course anything worth getting is never easy.
Why did I decide to teach at Francis Marion University ? I am (without a trace of inflated pride and with absolute honesty) an excellent teacher. Former colleagues and administrators have described my teaching as "innovative" "imaginative" "charismatic". I really like working with students on achieving their life goals. I think college professors have the most important job of helping develope the leaders of tomorrow in any community. Many universities have lost their base mission of teaching and develping the next generation and sometimes you will hear things like "It does not matter if we weed out large crops of students. There are always more students that will come in to replace the weeded out students." Francis Marion University is very student centric. Most Francis Marion university students are "nice kids" and I enjoy working with them.
I grew up in Columbia, South Carolina so I feel very much at home here in Florence. My parents still live in Columbia in the same house that they have been living in for more than 30 years. My father, who has a doctorate in Physics retired from teaching at the college level some years ago. My mother does have a degree in Elementary Education but never taught and worked at a bank before marrying my father. My mother has always been a very supportive stay at home mom. My parents are in excellent health and are more of a help to me than I am to them now but at some future time, they will need my help. It is really nice to be close enough to them that I can go see them whenever they need me. If I lived all the way across the country, then I can only visit them maybe once a year. I always joke that they are close enough so that I can visit them any time I want but far enough away that they can't bother me if I don't want to be bothered.
Do I have any children? I do not have children. Because I am a woman, studies have shown that students expect more sympathy from me than from men in the same position. I am not pregnant and I am not running home to nurse a sick child and I have not had first hand experience with any of that. However I do have a lot of empathy so I do empathize and if you explain whatever is bothering you, I will try my best to understand. I do however have to apply the same rules to everyone across the board because we do not want to go down the slippery slope of accepting excuses for missing big things like exams without documentation.
posted by Dr. Hahn at 9:30 am Tuesday 9/9.14 from her FMU office
A Cautionary Tale: I was looking through my website and found this which I had prepared earlier. I can't remember why. I think I compiled it while teaching a graduate course which included writing research proposals. It is kind of interesting that even professors and scientists commit plagiarism and that the penalty can be as tough as jail time. Here is the compilation of Scientific Misconduct Cases (mostly from Chemical and Engineering News stories). posted by Dr. Hahn 1/17/13 at 11:50 am from her Francis Marion Chemistry Department Office
Oh I think I remember why I originally compiled the "Scientific Misconduct Cases". I compiled them after hearing from the administrator in charge of the research office at one of my former faculty positions about a professor ("cheating professor") who had submitted a research proposal written by another professor ("proposal writing professor"). Apparently the "cheating professor" had changed absolutely not one word of the proposal before submitting it under their own name. [apparently because the "cheating professor" knew nothing about the research proposed by the "proposal writing professor"]. The research office caught it before submission because the "cheating professor" had changed so little of the proposal that it still had the room number and email address of the "proposal writing professor" and the equipment list from the "proposal writing professor". Now if the proposal had made it through the institution's research office the "Scientific Misconduct Cases effect " would have been triggered. If somehow it had been funded the "cheating professor" could not possibly have done any of the research. Why risk going to jail for nothing ? Why risk the institution losing federal funding so that the "cheating professor" can have the opportunity to do nothing ? posted by Dr. Hahn 3/19/13 at 4:15 pm from 312 Lancer Dr. (during Francis Marion's Spring Break)
Here is a narrated PowerPoint Presentation on Active Learning in the Online format which I changed into a video. This was a project for the online workshop for faculty at Francis Marion University on online teaching. It was supposed to be a group project but the part posted above is just my part of the presentation. I had also attended and participated in a workshop (paid for by DSU) for faculty on Active Learning presented by the University of Wisconsin when I was a professor at DSU.
General Chemistry Lecture & Lab Information This is where the hyperlink to all of the quizzes and exams is located. Click on the blue line above "General Chemistry ..."
Here is the General Chemistry I video lecture for 9/9/13 (when I was away at the National American Chemical Society Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, I used the video lectures to substitute for myself while I was out of town) by Dr. Hahn. The rest of the video lectures are located at https://www.youtube.com/user/JulietHahnPhD
General Chemistry I Lecture for 9/9/13 by Dr. Hahn Part 1
General Chemistry I Lecture for 9/9/13 Dr. Hahn Part 2
Dr. Juliet Hahn Statement of Teaching Philosophy: Short Version on left (for people with really short attention span) and Long Version on right. (embedded from https://www.youtube.com/user/JulietHahnPhD ) uploaded on 7/1/12 from Socorro, New Mexico
Video performed and videotaped by Dr. Juliet Hahn (laptop on stool). I was 2 classes short of Computer Science/Chemistry BS double major (ended up with Computer Science minor) & I used the "help" directions and trial and error. Still photo was taken using the auto setting of my camera. Music is from the "sample" music on my laptop "Sleep Away" by Bod Acri. My Mom thought the video was so well done that someone would think that I had professional help making the video. My Mom (as everyone's mother does I am sure) always thinks I do everything really well.
Dr. Hahn giving a talk at one of the National ACS Meetings.
@JulietHahnPhD (There are 2 other Juliet Hahn s on twitter. Those other twitter accounts are not me.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VedFtwCY0K8 Juliet Hahn Video Research Statement (posted 8/1/10)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PrCSxsM1M0 Juliet Hahn Video Teaching Statement I (posted 8/1/10)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULpCHYUYSw Juliet Hahn Video Teaching Statement II (posted 8/1/10)
tenure track Assistant Professor at Delaware State University in the Department of Chemistry (2006 to 2009) I am not associated with DSU in any capacity whatsoever (currently or ever again in the future). My name showing up on their website is from the slow updating of their website.
Everything below this line is from my former position as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware. (I am however not associated with DSU in any capacity now or ever again in the future.)
|Dr. Hahn's Research Group Spring
'09 while at Delaware State U. as an Assistant Professor
(DSU ~3,500 students, 85% African American, Chemistry Department Ph.D. program)
Here are the members of Dr. Hahn's research group during Spring semester '09 from left: Jose Portela-Berrios (sophomore, Biology pre med), Napreet Tung (junior, Biology, pre-pharmacy), Alex Bishoff (sophomore, Criminal Justice, Army ROTC), Dr. Hahn (assistant professor, Chemistry), Stephanie Blackman (junior, Biology, Army ROTC, Iraq war veteran), Candice Holland (freshman, Sports Science, Army ROTC) All students are being supported by a research grant for an INBRE startup research project on "An Investigation of the Photodimerization of Thymine Implications for Skin Cancer" to Dr. Hahn, only principal investigator.
Napreet was actually photo-shopped into the picture because he joined the research group about a week after the others and I could find almost no time when everyone was in the lab at the same time. (His picture was actually from the pictures which I take at the beginning of the semester in the Organic lecture class. If you look carefully, you can tell that the background around his head and parts of his clothes are drawn in by hand.)
|Dr. Hahn's Research Group Winter
Break '08 at DSU as an Assistant Professor
Here are the members of Dr. Hahn's research group during winter break '08. From left: Timothy Hokett, Logan Mears, Christen Dillard and Dr. Hahn. All students were supported by the INBRE startup grant. (winter break was from 12/10W to 12/23T)
|Dr. Hahn's Research Group Fall '08 at DSU as
Here are the members of Dr. Hahn's research group and Dr. Hahn's Organic TA. from left: Samantha Koonce, Samantha Noviscky, Tayyaba Toseef, Dr. Juliet Hahn, Christen Dillard, Logan Mears. Sam K. and Sam N. are supported by NSF HBCU-UP funding, Tayyaba and Logan are supported by Dr. Hahn's principal investigator account and Christen Dillard is the Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant and is supported through the Division of Academic Enrichment. The people in my research group are working on (a) the "skin cancer" project (b) the "cocain stereoselective synthesis" project and (c) the "carbon nanotube electrical conductivity" project. The virtual blackjack dealer is at Dover Downs across the street from DSU and was on our way back from the "all you can eat" where we held our group meeting. We weren't really playing blackjack - because we are scientists - we don't gamble. We are such nerds as to be uber cool. We just thought the virtual blackjack dealer was interesting.
|It was a very rainy day and we had to walk over to the parking lot almost halfway across campus to the student's cars to drive across the street to Dover Downs. [My car is always in parking lot 12 in front of the Chemistry Building whenever I am on campus (in fact if my car is not on campus, you can definitively assume that I am not on campus) but because my car is a 15 year old red Honda Civic Del Sol (named CHEMST) which only seats the driver and 1 other person, we couldn't take my car.] I have 4 hot pink umbrellas. I lent one hot pink umbrella to Sam Koonce and lent the other pink umbrella to Tayyaba and carried one myself. Tayyaba liked my hot pink umbrella so much that she borrowed it to go home and kept borrowing it every time it rained for a few weeks. My umbrellas apparently went to more interesting places than I have ever gone. Here is my collection of my 4 hot pink umbrellas. Aren't they adorable and don't they look like 4 identical quadruplets even though they are each completely different individuals in its own way? I would even venture to say that if I saw one of the pink umbrellas without the others, I would swear that I was seeing the one noted pink umbrella belonging to Dr. Hahn.|
|Dr. Hahn's Research Group Second
Part of Summer '08 at DSU as Assistant Professor
from left front row: Tayyaba Toseef (Biology, Sophomore), Dr. Juliet Hahn (Chemistry, Assistant Professor), Nicole Williams (Chemistry, Junior) from left back row: Samantha Koonce (Biology, Junior), Logan Mears (Airway Science, Sophomore, Marine Reserves, Afghanistan Veteran) All students worked on the collaborative project with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and were supported full time by the grant from JHUAPL. We all worked on the electrical conductivity of carbon nanotubes research project. Other research projects also ongoing in the research group include: "the skin cancer project" and the "cocaine project"
Dr. Hahn's Research Group First Part of Summer '08 at DSU as Assistant Professor from left Nicole Williams (Sophomore, Chemistry Major), Dr. Juliet Hahn, Samantha Koonce (Sophomore, Biology Education Major), Tayyaba Toseef (Freshman, Biology-Pre Professional Major), Samantha Noviscky (Junior, Animal Science-Pre Vet Major) are working on a collaborative project with John's Hopkins Applied Physics Lab on electrical properties of carbon nanotubes. Nicole, Sam K. and Sam N. were supported by funding from Johns Hopkins and working full time on the Electrical Conductivity of Carbon Nanotube project. Some of the members of the research group are also working on the "skin cancer project" and the "cocaine project". The poster prep for the carbon nanotube project was especially time consuming because all the students had to scan in all of their spectra using the one slow lab computer and then had to label all the peaks according to the peak assignments by Dr. Hahn.
(Here are directions for some of the Department of Chemistry instrumentation used by the Hahn Group. Anyone who wants to use the instruments is welcome to the directions. ... Just remember to not use Hahn Group when naming your files... ; )
Dr. Hahn's Research Group Summer 07 at DSU as Assistant Professor: from left: Nicole Morris, Dr. Juliet Hahn (Ruth was busily running NMR and was unavailable for this photo) Here Nicole is setting up a reaction closest to her arm. Ruth & Nicole are drying several of their previous products on the schlenk line.
What I did during Summer 07 at DSU as Assistant Professor:
I worked with undergraduate researchers Ruth Wamwati and Nicole Morris. Both were supported full time by the NSF through HBCU-UP. Both were excellent students in my Organic Chemistry class. Ruth Wamwati consistently had the highest or second highest grade on every exam in the Orgo lecture.
|We worked on developing stereoselective synthesis methodology for
cocaine derivatives. This work has applications in
synthesis of pharmaceuticals which can be used to perhaps solve cocaine
addiction. These molecules have potential other
neurobiological effects such as analgesics or seizure medications.
For additional information about what earth shattering results the
dynamic duo accomplished during the summer, please come see the posters
from the student's results on the 3rd floor of Science Center
|DSU's brand new 400 MHz NMR (in SCS 107) at DSU as Assistant Professor: Dr. Hahn prepares to take a sample out of the NMR.|
Dr. Hahn tunes the NMR. (otherwise known in NMRese as "praying to the NMR gods")
|Both Ruth and Nicole got to spend lots of time on our brand new (nearly ~$300,000.00 NSF funded) 400 MHz FT NMR. We used this nifty piece of equipment to do advanced techniques such as a number of 2D experiments to fully identify the product of our reactions.|
Above this line is from my tenure track faculty position at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware.
The following is my complete website from my previous faculty position at Arkansas State University last updated 5/05.
Department of Chemistry & Physics
Department of Chemistry & Physics Newsletter can be found at: www.cas.astate.edu/draganjac/newsletter2005.html items about me can be found in the research grants, publication and presentations sections
Arkansas State University
Department of Chemistry and Physics
P.O. Box 419
State University, AR 72467
office: LSE 514 lab: LSE 501
|office hours: I am one of those people who is usually on campus. On days when I only teach, I will be in my office from around 7:30 am (or 8am) to around 5 pm. On days when I do research with my research students, I will be either in my office or my research lab from 7:30 am (or 8am) to around 7 pm. I have a log sheet on my office door. If I have logged in and have not logged out, I can be found either in my office (LSE 514) or my research lab (LSE 501). Otherwise there will be a note on the door of my office or lab stating where I can be found. My office hours this semester are 8-9 am and 10-11 am MW and 1-2 pm T.|
website maintained by Juliet Hahn
last updated 4/19/05
Research Group: (Winter Break '04-05)(from left)
(Arkansas State University, ~10,000 students, 95% white, Chemistry Department MS degree program)
Heather McPherson, Rachael Butcher, Dr. Hahn and Valerie Campbell
Here are the members of Dr. Hahn's research group working hard during the Winter Break. All three students were supported by Dr. Hahn's FRP research grant and all three worked on Dr. Hahn's "Sunlight Induced Cancer Project". We worked our fingers to the bone during the break but it was fun. Here we are just before working up 6 reactions in one day. We would have worked more except for the snow /freezing rain days. We all know how much fun it is doing organic reactions.
4 reactions to be worked up
|2 more reactions to be worked up|
Research Group: (Fall Break '04)(from left)
Rachael Butcher, Madhvi Patel, Heather McPherson and Dr. Hahn
Rachael, Madhvi and Heather are undergraduate students (all three are excellent students) who worked in Dr. Hahn's research lab during the Fall break. (Madhvi has been working on the same project all semester supported by the FRP.) Rachael, Madhvi and Heather all worked on the photodimerization of thymine project. All three were supported by the FRP research grant. (Rachael is also an Organic Chem. lab teaching assistant this semester.) The FRP is actually a research grant for the "Tropanone (cocaine derivative)" project but the "Tropanone project" is technically a little more challenging project than the thymine project so everyone is starting out on the easier thymine project to develop technique needed for the tropanone project. (Both the "Thymine Photodimerization" project and the "Tropanone" project are non-collaborative research projects and the FRP and the NASA/EPSCOR grants were both awarded to Dr. Hahn.)
Research Group: (Summer '04) (from left)
Karen Brawner, Brandi Greene and Dr. Hahn
Karen and Brandi are undergraduate students who were the best students in Dr. Hahn's Organic Chemistry I class last year. Karen was supported by the FRP research grant and Brandi was supported by the NASA/EPSCOR research grant this summer. Both Karen and Brandi worked on the synthesis of a derivative of thymine (one of the components of DNA) to simulate the photodimerization of thymine in DNA which is of interest for understanding sunlight induced cancer. Both students received credit for doing the research during the summer by registering during the Fall '04 semester for research. Brandi worked full time while being supported on research and because of ASU regulations was not able to sign up for research while actually doing the work and Karen started working in Dr. Hahn's lab after the registration deadline for the semester. Karen has been accepted to the Southern College of Optometry. Best wishes on her future success as an optometrist.
Here is my parent's cat Jennifer Meow Hahn enjoying my father's pansies in my parent's home in South Carolina.