photo  10/11/12 at LSF 303H  office at Francis Marion University                     photo 10/30/10 at Patchogue apartment (Long Island, NY)  

(Florence, SC)

Homepage     Juliet M. Hahn, Ph.D.                  

This website is maintained and funded independently by Dr. Juliet Hahn           

updated by Dr. Hahn on 2/27/15 Tuesday at 2:15 pm  from her FMU office (posted DocNotes 2/26/15  posted key Quiz III,  scroll down to "General Chemistry Lecture & Lab Information")


Assistant Professor at Francis Marion University (starting Fall semester 2012)


****SNOW UPDATE 2/24/15

New official email states that all classes including evening classes are canceled all day.


So here is the final update on how the SNOW DAY will be made up.   This coming week the labs are going to be the Carbonate to Chloride lab as previously scheduled.   I wanted to just have you guys drop the lab for the Tuesday SNOW day missed lab class but Dr. Williams and Mr. Ragsdale decided (independently of me) that instead we are supposed to give you all a bunch of numbers and have you do the lab as a handout.   I'll tell you that lab is not that straightforward as far as the calculations go and chances are your other lab professors will just give you the handout because of the tight schedule of doing the lab scheduled for this Tuesday together with the next week's lab.   

So all lab sections of General Chemistry I, the rest of this week will go normally.  Next Tuesday your lab professors have a bunch of number to give you to do the lab report for the Carbonate to Chloride lab as a handout.   Your lab professors have the option of when to collect it, how much to count for that lab, etc.   So there it is Tuesday if you are in Mrs. Herbert or Dr. Ribar's class, I am not sure how they will handle it.   If you are in my section of the lab, I will just give you a handout (for Carbonate to Chloride) and will have to spend a little more time than normal to go over that lab as a handout.  Then we will do the normal lab scheduled (the Conductance lab).

I actually went in this morning and posted a note on LSF 301 saying that classes are delayed and was working on the spreadsheet for posting your QIII and Mini Final grades when I saw the later email.   I posted on Blackboard and then drove home and now I am posting this on my website.   Quiz IV will cover the same material already discussed for today's quiz.   I will then have to move Exam II to 3/5 Thursday.  We will do the normal regrouping / asking questions about QIII and QIV before Exam II on 3/3 Tuesday (the day I originally had scheduled for Exam II.)   Then the rest of the semester quizzes and exams will be the same as pre - SNOW day.   posted by Dr. Hahn at 11:30 am from her Florence apartment

University classes are delayed until the first class starting at 11:20 am. I received an official email to that effect.

The following is the official statement which I received by email from the University earlier today.

".....The University will resume operations at 10:30 am this morning. Classes will meet as scheduled at 11:20 am. (Classes scheduled for 8:30 am and 9:55 am this morning will not meet.) ...."

This means that our classes scheduled for today to start from Tuesday 8:30 to 9:45 am and Tuesday from 9:55 am to 11:10 am are entirely canceled.

The quiz scheduled for today will be given on 2/26 Thursday instead. (it will cover the same material)

Exam II scheduled for 3/3 Tuesday will then have to be moved to 3/5 Thursday.

The rest of the exam schedule will remain where the exams and quizzes are currently scheduled. I will email everyone (probably tomorrow) the revised exam schedule - a revised schedule page from the original syllabus page 6.

Those of you in my section of Tuesday lab (which starts at 12:45 noon), will meet normally (unless there is a further official university closing).

Dr. Hahn
posted from her Florence Apartment at 7:10 am 2/24/15

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


                 cell:  803-955-6008


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    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



  Dr. Hahn's Teaching Schedule Prior to Fall 2014



What Am I Doing Now?  (If you are curious about what I was doing earlier, click on the "What Am I Doing Now?" hyperlink)



Snow day:   So I spent almost all day at my apartment grading papers.   I spent time at around 7 to 7:30 posting to Blackboard email and my website updates about the weather for my General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab students.   Then I drove to my office and posted on the door of my lecture teaching room that the class was canceled because of the snow (for the few students who might show up).   Then I was grading in preparation of the lab class but then I got the email about the cancellation so then I drove home.   I managed to put away my 1.5 foot tall Christmas tree when I felt kind of sleepy while grading papers.   I took photos of my car sitting in the parking lot.  The snow had already melted away.  

My car is the little red 2012 Honda Civic near the side walk in the extreme lower left corner.  I see 3 other red cars that look sort of like my car.  I've seen those cars park where I normally park when I am home visiting my parents during the weekend.   I think people think one of those other red cars is mine so I have heard that I am always home all the time during the day because one of those cars never leaves the apartment during the day (at least it is there in the morning and is still in the same spot in the evening). (the little red car on the extreme upper right corner)   Then there is this ginormous maroon SUV one car away with the blue license plate.   I think when I see that SUV, my car disappears and goes somewhere else.  I think my car goes partying out at night without me.  (Not really but it might as well because it disappears because of the ginormous car.)   The SUV has 2 people who live in different buildings in the apartment complex.  However you can actually tell if it is my car or not because my car is labeled with a personalized plate that says "DR HAHN".   So if you see a little red car out partying at night (most likely when I am home grading a bunch of papers), if the plate is not "DR HAHN", it was not my car.   posted by Dr. Hahn on 2/24/15 at 6:45 pm  from her Florence apartment   


So this morning (around 6:30 am) when it was still dark, I see someone who just got out of the car to the right of my car and then stand around leaning on the trunk of my car as if my car is his car.   I almost thought that I had just parked my car in the parking lot at 6:30 am.    Alternatively it looked as if I was good friends with the owner of the neighboring car so that he had my permission to mess with my car.   I had not and I don't even know to whom the other car belongs.  I guess anyone can lean on anyone else's car.   Just a little too creepy and I don't like someone that I don't know touching or leaning on my car.   posted by Dr. Hahn at 2/25 at 11:50 am from her FMU office

So I gave a research seminar about what I did for my research in my prior faculty position and the results of my REAL grant at FMU.   I discussed 4 research topics.   Project 1: Carbon nanotube functionalization to develop new materials with applications in solar energy.       Project 2:   A Bioorganic investigation of the photodimerization implicated in skin cancer.    Project 3:   Synthetic Methodology for developing  pharmaceuticals for neurobiological diseases such as Alzheimers     Project 4:   Developing  synthetic gasoline.  All research projects have only undergraduate co-authors.  None of the projects have any other research principal investigator.   (NO, I am not doing research under one of the other FMU professors.)    


I did not mke a deal with any FMU professors to have students continue to do any work on Project 4 after June 30th of 2014.   After June 30th none of the students who were working on the "Developing Synthetic Gasoline" did any further work.   If some FMU professor told them that they were continuing to work on that research project under their (meaning some other professor, not me) supervison, the professor is telling an outright lie.   I did not make a deal with a professor and then change my mind.   I never made such a deal.  The REAL research grant which is the proposal which supported students working on Project 4 at FMU only supports undergraduate students so no student who has already graduated from FMU can be supported by that research proposal.

I was preparing for my seminar.   I looked at all of the research results that I had this past summer (while supervising 2 undergraduate students) and finding all my prior work and  making it shorter so that it fits into the allotted time.   While I was doing my seminar prep, I also of course still continued to teach my 2 sections of General Chemistry I lecture (combined total ~ 140 students).   I still of course continued to teach my 3 sections of the General Chemistry I lab with the ~ 100 lab students including the day of the seminar from 12:45 to 3:35 pm when the seminar snacks start at 3:45 pm.   I even had to delay returning my lecture studentís exams.  I  had to delay returning one of my lecture studentís quizzes.   I had to delay returning my lab student's lab exams.   I just did not have enough time to do everything.   In the middle of my seminar prep, I thought about the snacks which are always advertised with this seminar series.   I know how snacks work in the Chemistry department.  

So I thought if I ask Dr. Williams about the snacks after a one hour discussion with Dr. Williams, he will probably direct me to the faculty advisor to the students group (who also sells the in house lab text books) and then I will have to spend an hour discussing this snack situation with her for my seminar.   Then I will spend an hour discussing the seminar snack situation with the  student workers and then snacks may or may not show up on time depending on how reliable the student who did the snack  set up is.    Alternatively Dr. Williams will direct me to Dr. Claboís wife Mrs. Clabo.   I know that Mrs. Clabo made home made banana bread, home made salsa, home made cakes, and actually poured out the soft drinks for Dr. Claboís seminar.    I am guessing that Mrs. Clabo will probably not do that for my seminar unless after hours of lobbying from me to Dr. Clabo and maybe hours of lobbying from me to  Mrs. Clabo.   I almost never see Mrs. Clabo on campus or anywhere else so it would be really difficult for me to lobby Mrs. Clabo for hours even if I had hours of time that I could spend lobbying Mrs. Clabo.

Also my students always think that I work under other professors in the department.   So students think I do research under Dr. Williams or under Dr. Clabo or under Dr. Peterson or under one of the other professors in the department.   I was pretty sure that if for instance Dr. Peterson or his students set up the snacks for me, all my students would be nodding their heads and saying   ďÖ see I told you Dr. Hahnís research isnít Dr. Hahnís research.   It is really Dr. Petersonís research.  Dr. Hahn is just doing the talk sort of like Dr. Petersonís research students because she is a graduate student working for Dr. Peterson Ö.Ē   This is not true.   But I was not about to let some students come to this conclusion based on seminar snacks.

The fastest solution to me seemed to be to just go buy a couple of bags of chips, a couple of cokes a few bags of cookies and just set it up myself because it seemed the fastest solution in my very tight schedule so that is what I did.   I am not sure if I should try to submit the receipt to get paid for the snacks because I would probably  have to lobby Dr. Williams for an hour and then all the students would say  ďÖ. see I told you Dr. Hahn does research under Dr. Williams and she isnít paid for teaching all her classes so she is so poor that she doesnít even have money to pay for lunch so she is begging Dr. Williams for money for groceries.   Maybe I can pay her $20 to get a 99 % on my next exam.    ÖĒ   Also not true.

For some inexplicable reason after the seminar, Dr. Peterson keeps asking me to give him the left over snacks.   So I am sitting in my office (my office is right in front of Dr. Petersonís office about 4 feet away)  and Dr. Peterson interrupts me in the middle of what I am doing (making up the lab reports for the coming week, grading papers, etc.) and asks me to let him have the left over seminar snacks.    Inexplicable because I have never actually seen Dr. Peterson eating potato chips and cookies  ever.  If he normally ate potato chips in his office, I would hear him eating potato chips in his office because I can hear everything going  on in the neighboring offices.   I just donít understand why all of a sudden Dr. Peterson has such a desire for potato chips that he keeps yelling from his office to mine that I let him have the left over seminar snacks.   If the department paid for the snacks, I would have just put it out somewhere but I bought the snacks with my own money and I donít know if I should go and lobby / beg Dr. Williams to pay for the seminar snacks (which cost around $30) just so that Dr. Peterson will stop hassling me to let him eat my left over seminar snacks.  

So I always hear this girl talking to Dr. McCutcheon in the morning in her office.   I am sitting in the very next office and I hear stuff that is not strictly just about classes but stuff that is personal advice.   So Dr. McCutcheon tells this girl about potentially getting into graduate school at USC.  Sometimes I hear the girl (not sure if it is the same girl or 2 different girls) telling her that she got a job somewhere and will start in the next week.   Yesterday I heard this guy talking to Dr. Mccutcheon and while answering his question Dr. McCutcheon was giving career advice and then she kept saying that she met him at church.   I do go to church although I have been a little too busy to go to church recently.    I donít remember a student who I saw at church showing up in my class.   I mean a student who I saw at church might have shown up in my class but  no one told me that  he / she had met me at church.   When I have students come to my office hours, I usually just answer the studentís questions.   I donít usually have a discussion about what they are doing in their life, what major they are or want to be or discuss career advice and spend hours talking about life.   I donít have long discussions with Dr. McCutcheon about life or career advice or how I feel about things and stuff like that either.    

You know what else I remember happening recently.   Just as I was rolling my document camera cart over to my General Chemistry I Lecture class at around 8:30 am one morning (my lecture starts at 8:30 am Tuesday, Thursday) there was a crowd of students right in front of the office door and this student says just as I walk by to another student that she works for Mr. Ragsdale in setting up the labs.   Mr. Ragsdale has a crowd of students who set up the labs for him.   So they set out the chemicals and then they remove the chemicals after the end of the lab.   These student always come usually one at a time to see Mr. Ragsdale and sit around talking to him for hours.    Recently I canít hear what the student is saying from my office but I used to be able to hear this other girl who works for Mr. Ragsdale.   So while I am sitting in my office preparing to go to teach my lecture or on days that I donít teach while grading, making up the next exam/quiz or making up the next lab report, I would hear this student talking to Mr. Ragsdale almost daily for about an hour a day.  

So this conversation was not usually about how to set up this lab put this bottle out here and do this by this date and stuff like that.   It was almost always a conversation about ďÖ I applied to medical school and I donít know if I will get into medical school although I went on an interview to the medical schoolÖĒ or long discussions about life and what she wants to do in her life or where she goes to eat or something like that.    This student who works for Mr. Ragsdale also often would wear a very nice jacket that actually looked a lot like one of my jackets.   She would also wear a nice black pencil skirt.   I almost always wear a nice black pencil skirt.   I know that this student is a senior biology major and that she is applying to medical school and had an interview at a medical school in the Bahamas.    I know this because I heard all of this while sitting in my office minding my own business.   I am surprised that I was able to hear her because my office is about 5 offices away from Mr. Ragsdaleís office and about 10 yards away.

I actually wrote on my schedule which I posted on my office door and my bulletin board and my turn in box that I am not an undergraduate or graduate student or high school teacher.   I wrote this on my schedule because people [ (not just students at FMU) but random people at Walmart, at church, at my apartment]  would say something about why an undergraduate student who sets up labs is running around wearing nice skirt suits.   I wear nice skirt suits because I am not an undergraduate student who sets up labs and maybe teaches/assists one section of lab.  

I wear nice skirt suits because I need authority in what I do on a regular basis.   I spend most of my days standing in front of between ~65 and 30 students writing things on a document camera (on Tuesday and Thursday Ė this is what I do for 3 hours of the day).    I spend another 2 hours on Tuesday and Thursday running around the teaching lab answering questions.   The rest of the time (I mean for something like 80 hours a week) I spend making up and grading exams and quizzes (for lecture) and lab reports & lab Mini Finals (for lab).  

Just for the lecture: I make up  7 x one page quizzes and 3 x 6 to 7 page exams and the 12 page final exam.   I actually make up 7 x 4 (28 quizzes) because there are 4 version of each of the 7 quizzes.    I actually make up 3 x 4 (12 exams) because there are 4 version of each of the 3 exams.   I make up 4 final exams because there are 4 versions of the final exam.   Of course after I make up these quizzes and exams, I have to grade these quizzes and exams.   So this is ~ 140 x 7 quizzes and ~140 x 3 x 7 page (2/3 not multiple choice) exams and ~140 x 14 page (2/3 not multiple choice) final exam.

Just for the lab:   every week I have to modify the lab report form from when I last gave the lab report form (I try to change a few questions every time) and then I have to zerox ~ 100 x 3 to 5 page lab report forms.   Of course after I zerox them, I have to grade them when the students give it back to me.   So every week I grade ~100 x 3 to 5 page lab report forms.  

All this grading and making up exams and quizzes and lab report forms I do while sitting in my FMU office (LSF 303H) or while sitting in my apartment desk or while sitting around in my parentís house desk.  (I am not saying this in an attempt to get grading assistance from students.   I don't need assistance from students who think that I am being forced to get assistance from them.   I don't need assistance from students who think that they should listen to some other professor who really is deciding student's grades.)   Also I have students who seem to think that I will ask them to grade my lab reports and assist me in the lab by answering questions for the students who in in the lab during lab.   None of the other professors have students assistants grade for them or have student assistants answer questions in the lab during lab time.   I don't know why a student assistant whose job is to set up the lab (get premade chemicals in prelabeled bottles from the stockroom and put out specific ones for specific labs) and get chemicals if anything runs out during the lab thinks that I will ask (or be forced to ask ) them to grade my 100 lab reports.   I am on campus at FMU usually from around 7:30 am until around 5 pm Monday through Thursday (I leave a little early on Friday - it is creepy on Friday afternoon.)

So short version of above:   I am not an undergraduate student who is waiting to get into medical school.   I am not working under Mr. Ragsdale setting up the labs.  I am not a former professor who used to teach ~140 lecture students and ~100 lab students who now works under Mr. Ragsdale setting up the labs.   I am not a student assistant who doesnít actually teach the class but rolls the document camera cart for some professor who actually teaches the class.    I am not a former retired high school teacher who is someoneís wife who makes home made seminar snacks.   I am not the semi retired person who only teaches labs who apparently misses teaching a lot of lab classes because of health issues.   I am not the person who does something or other on a part time basis for the Chemistry department who gets paid so little that she does not have even enough money to pay for lunch and was seen arguing with the cafeteria worker about her lunch money.   (I have about $200 Patriot bucks on my FMU ID card which I paid for with a check. No I am not using a credit card to pay for my lunch because I am penniless and starving.   I work full time and I have a doctorate and I am paid to teach.   Why would I not have enough money to pay for a $6 lunch?  The money scanner wasnít working properly at the cafeteria.)   I am not about to move in with a bunch of roommates (female or male) because I donít have enough money to pay for my apartment Ė so apartment people, leave me alone it is never going to happen.  I am not doing research under another professor at FMU.   I am not going to give all my grading to some students (your good buddy down the hallway) so that I can do research under another professor at FMU in the time that I now use to grade papers.   I will continue to grade all of my student's quizzes, exams and lab reports for all of my the lecture sections and all of my lab sections..

 posted by Dr. Juliet Hahn from her parent's Columbia, SC home on 2/21/15 at 7:55 am



Recently I have students who borrow safety glasses from me and then wander around the lab without safety glasses  as they are close to exiting the lab.   Then when I remove 10% from their grade for not having safty glasses over their eyes (as opposed to in their hands) they roll their eyes as if I am deliberately selectively taking points off because of (I am not sure why they think I remove points.).  


Here is why I am taking points off.   So the last few labs the General Chemistry lab students are dissolving various solid  metals (copper wire, piece of zinc) in hot nitric acid.   It is a pretty safe bet that if they get that hot nitric acid (which often spatters because they evaporate the hot nitric acid to dryness) into their eyes, that their eyes will be severely damaged.     I sit close to the door because it is the only area of the lab where there is enough space for me to sit close to the door.   When they borrow my personal safety glasses which I bought with my own money, they are supposed to check off their names as they return it because otherwise I lose safety glasses.   There are students working right next to where I sit because the lab is pretty crowded.   Even if there is no one immediatly next to the safety glass less student, the lab rule is that everyone is to have safety glasses over their eyes as long as one student is doing anything chemical in the lab.   [I lend out my own personal safety glasses because if I try to lend out the departmental safety glasses, the safety glasses migrate between labs and sometimes there were no safety glasses in the labs to lend out.   Sometimes the student workers leave before the end of the lab and would take back the safety glasses from the students before the end of the class period so my students would have to do the last 1/2 hour of the lab without safety glasses.   I don't charge my students when I lend out my safety glasses but I try to not lose a whole bunch of safety glasses when I lend them out.]


I don't want some student to go blind under these conditions and then sue the university and me (because I am the professor of record) when the students are injured.   True, accidents are such that one can go for years without accidents and then there can be a serious terrible accident.   I don't want some student to go blind while I am looking at them while they are in my care.   So they can roll their uninjured eyes as much as they want but I will continue to take points off from students who are wandering around the lab without safety glasses.   I am not taking points off because I am mean or because I am trying to punish the students.   I do find that usually the students who walk around without safety glasses after many warnings are usually the students who generally don't do anything else I ask them to do. 


This is what accidents are like.   I add sodium to solvent stills almost daily when I am doing research.   I often would do this early in the morning when I was the only person in the lab so I could have good solvents to start up a reaction.    So during my entire career, I have added sodium to solvent stills hundreds of times.   So I personally know a 5th year graduate student (most students get a doctorate in their 5th year) who got 2nd degree burns on 80% of his body because of an accident with a solvent still.   The student is an excellent chemist.   The student is a careful worker and he knew exactly what he was doing in the research lab and I am sure that he has done the addition of sodium to solvent stills hunderds of time in his career when he had this one accident.   


One time when I was adding sodium to a solvent still I too almost had the same type of accident.   I accidentally dropped a small piece of sodium into a nearby sink and the sodium caught on fire.   This was a sink close to a bank of very flammable solvents.   I could see how this could go bad really fast.    There was a flame in close proximity to maybe 6000 liters of very flammable solvents.    I had not progressed to thinking about what to do and all I could do is to say to myself "oh my god there is a fire".   Fortunately just as the flame started to get bigger, somebody happened to walk by and used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.   So over 30 untrained lab students evaporating nitric acid to dryness over a bunsen burner seems to require safety glasses.


In the teaching lab, I also almost verbatim go over the answer to almost all of the questions in the lab report form.   I however do not put the answer on the lab report form exactly where the answer goes and have my students just copy off the answer into the correct space for the answers.   I give so much help in the prelab that I tell my students that I will refuse to answer their questions if they ask me during the lab about specific questions.   The lab averages come out around the high 80ties to sometimes low 90ties with this much help.   If I actually also answered every student's questions the lab report average would be 100%.    The lab averages in the various sections run from maybe 70% to 90%.   I obviously cannot just let every student in my sections of the lab end up with a 100% average.


So now I see a certain segment of the lab population who seem to think that I refuse to answer so that I can populate the chemistry tutors or because I have some sinister reason for doing so - I am not really sure.    That is not it.   I refuse to answer because I give so much help that if I give any more help, the lab report average would be 100%.   Students should look at the lab averages because I post everyone's lab grades and the averages for everyone to see (by secret pin numbers).    The average is awfully high.   If I really wanted to squeeze students for some sinister reason, I would give out an impossible lab report form and spend zero time on the prelab.   If I wanted to be sinister and really squeeze the students, the lab report average could be 70% very easily.   So no, I am not being mean to some students because I refuse to answer specific questions and no I  am not doing something under the table.   


posted by Dr. Hahn on 2/12/15 at 4:30 pm from her FMU office


Things not true attributed to me:   So I hear someone telling someone that I am leaving FMU because I am going to California.   Hate to disappoint some people but my parents have lived in Columbia, SC for over 30 years.   I have absolutely no family in California.     So no I have not even been thinking about going to California.    So No I am not moving to California.  


Every semester I hear that Dr. Hahn is leaving because she has a  relationship with some guy who lives in another state.   Imagine Dr. Hahn as a 6 foot tall man and say that again.   Dr. Hahn (the 6 foot tall male version of the 5'3" real Dr. Hahn) is leaving a job that he (she) likes because he (she) has a relationship with someone in another state.    Sounds kind of ridiculous, correct.    Not true.   There is not even a shred of the truth in this rumor.


Another untrue statement:   Dr. Hahn goes out to lunch every day to meet with some guy.   Dr. Hahn actually eats lunch in the cafeteria most often while grading papers.  (NO:   your good buddy down the dorm hallway is not helping me grade.   I grade by myself.)    Let me see in between her Tuesday, Thursday General Chemistry lecture which ends at 11:10 am followed by an office hour until 11:30 am and her 12:45 noon General Chemistry lab which runs until 3:30 pm, Dr. Hahn drives her car off campus and drives somewhere 30 minutes away to have lunch with some guy ?   She then drives back in another 30 minutes giving her exactly 15 minute to enjoy lunch with the guy.      So Not True.   So if some woman is out at some restaurant eating lunch with some guy and shoots her mouth off about something or other, that was not me.   That was not me at the Starbuck or the ChickFila.   During the weekday, I always eat lunch at the FMU cafeteria almost always by myself.


Here is another untrue statement:    I heard Dr. Hahn say (select one of the above untrue statement).   Did you look at me as the words came out of my mouth?   If you heard some female person saying something, you actually did not hear Dr. Hahn say something.   You just heard a female person in the general vicinity of where Dr. Hahn is normally found saying something without actually seeing Dr. Hahn say anything.   I do not get headaches.   I do not take drugs.   I never said that I am not sure that I have enough money to pay for a $4 lunch - I have a doctorate and I work full time, surely I get paid enough to eat a $4 lunch.  Here's another one  Dr. Hahn is doing research under the supervision of one of the other FMU Chemistry professor.   Not True.   Also not true   Dr. Hahn is not collaborating on writing a research proposal so that she can submit it under another professor's name.  Not True.    posted by Dr. Juliet Hahn on 2/4/15 10:20 pm from her FMU apartment   It really amazes me the creativity involved in some of these completely out of left field lies.   Maybe someone can get a really nice trophy for "LIE of the YEAR".    Wouldn't that be precious.



I was very busy this weekend because I am making up exams for my ~130 student General Chemistry lecture class.   So all weekend long I did not leave my parent's house.   I did help my parents do a little bit of yard work but other than that, I stayed home at my parent's house all day without leaving the house at all.   


When I drove home yesterday just as I was walking into my apartment from my car there were a couple of girls who I think live in the apartment next to me who walked right after me into their apartment carrying this little restaurant doggy bag.   I wasn't coming home from some restaurant.   I was just home from visiting my parents in Columbia.   I went out to my car a second time and this guy and girl just drove in just as I was walking by.   This couple then got out of their car and walked right by me I think to some apartment.   (I think the blue car guy does not live in the direction that the couple was walking in.)   There is a blue 4 door sedan car in my apartment parking lot with a NY state license plate and this was the car that just arrived just as I walked into the parking lot to get more of my stuff out of my car.     As I walked from the mail boxes to my car to get the left overs which I brought from my parents, this couple walked right in front of me.   If I was not looking very carefully, I would have thought that I had gotten out of the NY state license plate blue car instead of my red Honda Civic SC license plate "DR HAHN" car.   I thought it was a little odd because after these 2 sets of people, there were no other people in the parking lot for hours.   I am not sure why there were so many people in the parking lot for the few minutes that I was in the parking lot.   I only mention this because I will hear something like that I did no work because I spent all my time with some guy.  Actually there is no rule that says that I have to spend all weekend working on a research project that I will get no credit for doing instead of making up my exams or that I will give all my grading to some irresponsible students to grade so that I can do research for which I will get no credit.    I spent all my time making up an exam this weekend.   I hate to disappoint some people who would like a juicier story. 


posted by Dr. Hahn on 2/2/15 at 9 am from her FMU office


It is a little odd that anything that any female voice says in LSF 303 (the chemistry office suite within which there are offices 303A to 303I) ends up somehow being attibuted to me.  


Last semester I was zeroxing something on the copy machine in LSF 303.   (I am always copying things all the time so much so that I think half the students actually think that my job is to zerox stuff.   That is because since I have been here every semester I have about 200 students appoximately 100 General Chemsitry lecture students and approximately 100 General Chemistry lab students.   I also give 7 quizzes, 3 exams and a final exam and I also give the answer keys to all of these quizzes and exams in the lecture.    In the lab there are some 11 to 12 lab and I have to print out the lab reports for all of the lab students.)   A female  senior student who works for Mr. Ragsdale putting out the chemicals for the labs was saying that she was trying to get into medical school.   She was saying that she had an interview for a medical school in the Bahamas or some such place.  


So this semester I have students snickering at me as I walk by saying something about me going to medical school. 


NOT TRUE.   I have a doctorate in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook which is the best university in the SUNY system schools.   I did postdoctoral research at Columbia University (NY,NY) and also at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Those universities are almost as prestigious as MIT and Harvard in the Chemistry area.   I graduated from USC, Columbia with a 3.8/4.0 GPA in Chemistry.   I was in the top 1% of my Irmo High School graduating class and was in the top 3% nationally on the PSAT standardized exam.    First if I wanted to, I could have gone to any medical school even MIT and Harvard if I had wanted to do so.   Second a person with a doctorate in Chemistry is not going to go to medical school.   Why would I do it ?


So this morning a student was talking to Dr. McCutcheon (who has the office next to mine) about interviewing for some job at the medical school and said that she was going to start her job in February.   THAT WAS NOT ME.   I am not going to in the middle of the semester quit teaching my classes.   I am not going to abandon my 130 General Chemistry I Lecture students and abandon my 100 General Chemistry I Lab students and go to a job at the medical school.   I AM NOT TRYING TO GET INTO MEDICAL SCHOOL.    I AM NOT QUITTING TEACHING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEMESTER. 


Last year Dr. Carr (who used to have the office that Dr. McCutcheon now has) used to have female students ask him questions in the morning.    Then I would hear that I was asking Dr. Carr questions about General Chemistry in the morning.     THAT WAS NOT ME.   I just happend to be in the next office when students asked Dr. Carr questions about General Chemistry.   I am sure that I can run circles around Dr. Carr on any General Chemistry question and I do not need to ask Dr. Carr or any other Chemistry professor about any General Chemistry class.


I only mention this for those of you who have decided to shoot themselves in the foot by not taking any of my exams or quizzes (or will not turn in any lab reports or who has decided to ignore me no matter what I say) until the real professor who is going to start teaching you in February shows up.  


Other things I am not doing:   I am not going to adopt a child.   Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock may do it so it may be fashionable to adopt but I don't really understand why anyone would want to expend lots of effort taking care of a child who is not biologically related to me.   In any case I used to get plants as gifts and I killed off every one of my plant gifts through neglect because of how busy I am all the time.


posted by Dr. Juliet Hahn on 1/26/15 at 3:30 pm from her FMU office LSF 303H*******

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.  Students were allowed to count the commute hours for part of their pay.   So Ashley had between 3 and 6 hours for the commute hours making her actual research work hours between 7 and 14 hours per week.   So Melanie had about 15 commute hours making her actual work hours between 25 and 35 hours.   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.   I did not include my commute hours in the above hours so including my commute from my parent's home to USC, my hours would be between 66 and 76 hours.   So excluding the commute Ashley worked about 10 hours a week for 5 weeks.   Melanie worked about 30 hours a week for 5 weeks.   I worked about 65 hours a week for 6 weeks + 35 hours per week while teaching summer school for 5 weeks on this research project.   I also had already worked in the Adams research lab for about 3 months in the previous summer and of course I have a doctorate and I have had my own research lab with almost the same type of research.    Because of the schedule, Ashley missed seeing almost every reaction that we did this past summer.   Because we were doing dangerous reactions which are air or water sensitive and produce carbon monoxide and because we were using borrowed glassware, students were not allowed to do reactions by themselves.   They either had to have me immediately in their vicinity or in particularly dangerous reactions watched over my shoulder as I did the reactions.   Actually because most of the reactions had to completed in a single day and because the students would come in around 9 am because of the commute and I arrived in the lab at around 7:30 am, i started almost all reactions before the students arrived.


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:  Dr.  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


   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 )    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.)


       Juliet Hahn Video Research Statement  (posted 8/1/10)

       Juliet Hahn Video Teaching Statement I (posted 8/1/10)

       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.    




Summary Statement of Research Interest

Teaching Evaluations

Teaching Philosophy



Here I am at home (on parent's driveway before pansy season) with my new (bought Spring 2012) car.   photo from 2/2/ 2013     posted by Dr. Hahn 3/20/13 from home Here is my parent's cat Jennifer Meow Hahn among my father's pansies along the same driveway.   photo from around 2005  







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.)   

scenes from the lab



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 Assistant Professor

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. 

FT-IR directions for Hahn Group

UV-Vis directions for Hahn Group

FT-NMR directions for HahnGroup

(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 South.


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.


Juliet  Hahn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry & Physics
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Department of Chemistry & Physics Newsletter can be found at: items about me can be found in the research grants, publication and presentations sections


Arkansas State University
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ph:   870-972-3265
fax:  870-972-3089

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
What I did during my spring break:   I presented a talk at the National ACS Meeting in San Diego  March 2005.   "Stereoselectivity in the [2+2] Photodimerizaton of Orotic Acid" by Juliet Hahn*, Brandi Greene, Karen Brawner, Madhvi Patel.    Because I was so busy before the meeting with all those exams that I had to make up, here I am at the airport preparing for the talk.   Here I am at the hotel preparing for my talk and here I am giving my talk.   Otherwise titled "How to take photos by using the auto mode of the camara or how to convince strangers to take your photos?"  I also submitted a paper recently to the National ACS Meeting to be held in August 2005 titled "Synthesis of Derivatives of Orotic Acid" by Juliet  Hahn*, Rachael Butcher, Heather McPherson, Valerie Campbell, Donna Fires.
Dr Hahn's Research Group (Spring 05 semester):

Rachael Butcher and Donna Fires actively did research during the Spring 05 semester.   They were both supported by the FRP research grant.   Also Rachael, Heather and Karen received part of their research support from the NASA/EPSCOR project research grant by a redistribution of the funds in the NASA/EPSCOR research grant (retroactively).   All students worked on the sunlight induced cancer research proposal.

Dr. Hahn's 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
Dr. Hahn's 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.)

Dr. Hahn's 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.

scenes from the lab



Here is my parent's cat Jennifer Meow Hahn enjoying my father's pansies in my parent's home in South Carolina.