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Biography - Dr. Richard Pennington

Richard was born just north of Manchester, in the United Kingdom. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry (with a Spanish concentration) from the University of East Anglia (UEA). As part of this Bachelors degree program, he was able to spend his third year studying chemistry in Alcala de Henares (a small town northeast of Madrid, Spain). This proved to be an exceptionally rewarding, scary but highly enjoyable year, as Richard was able to learn more about the intricacies of the spoken Spanish language in that single year than during several years of high school, college and university Spanish courses.

After graduation, Richard accepted the opportunity to obtain his PhD in Laramie, Wyoming. Going from Manchester, England to Laramie, Wyoming was an enormous culture shock, but despite being almost arrested during his first week (just what is this 'open container rule' anyway?), and getting into a rather embarrasing situation when he taught his first lab (you'll have to come to his office to find out about that one), Richard graduated from UW with a PhD in Organic Chemistry. It was also in Wyoming where Richard met his wonderful wife, Amanda.

After two years of postdoctoral research at the beautiful campus of Wake Forest University, Richard landed his first teaching position at the College of Saint Mary (CSM) in Omaha, NE in the Fall of 2003. Receiving the honor of 'Outstanding Faculty Member, 2005-2006' and receiving a $450,000 National Science Foundation grant were just two of his success stories whilst at CSM.

Richard's time in Omaha was particularly special because it was here that his and Amanda's daughter, Caroline, was born. Although he is proud of his academic success, it is Carly and the way she has bloomed (from a mere 2 lbs 11oz at birth) which Richard considers his greatest achievement. That's Carly to the right.

Richard has been enjoying the challenging and intensely busy work environment at GGC since Fall 2007.

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Current Courses at Georgia Gwinnett College

Fall 2010

  • Principles of Chemistry II and Lab - CHEM 1212K


Spring 2011 -

  • Principles of Chemistry I and Lab - CHEM 1211K
  • Principles of Chemistry II and Lab - CHEM 1212K


Education

  • PhD, Organic Chemistry, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (August 1996 - July 2001)
  • BSc, Chemistry (with concentration in Spanish), University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, UK (August 1992 - May 1996)
  • A-levels in Chemistry and Physics; AS-levels in Spanish and Maths, Holy Cross College, Bury, Lancashire, UK (August 1990 - May 1992)


Work Experience

  • 2010-2011: Principles of Chemistry Course Coordinator (20+ sections of CHEM 1211K/1212K each semester), Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA
  • 2008-2009: Organic Chemistry Course Coordinator (6+ sections of CHEM 2211K/2212K each semester), Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA


Courses Taught

  • Georgia Gwinnett College
    • CHEM 2212/2212L, Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory
    • CHEM 2211/2211L, Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • CHEM 1212/1212L, Principles of Chemistry II and Laboratory
    • CHEM 1211/1211l, Principles of Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • GGC 1000, First Year Seminar


  • College of Saint Mary
    • ELA 360, Bioterrorism and Toxic Agents
    • CHM 230/231, Organic Chemistry I and Lab
    • CHM 232/233, Organic Chemistry II and Lab
    • CHM 110/111, General Chemistry I and Lab
    • CHM 112/113, General Chemistry II and Lab
    • CHM 104, Organic and Biochemistry Survey
    • CHM 102, General Chemistry Survey
    • IDC 101, First Year Seminar


Publications / Presentations

  • 'Engaging Science Students with Handheld Technology and Applications by Revisiting the Thayer Method of Teaching and Learning' Richard Pennington, David Pursell, Joseph Sloop, Julia Paredes, Mai Yin Tsoi. Georgia Journal of Science , 2010, Vol. 68, No.4, 186-195.
  • 'Engaging Science Students with Wireless Technology and Applications by Revisiting the Thayer Method of Teaching and Learning' Richard Pennington, David Pursell, Joseph Sloop. Proceedings of the International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics, 2010, II, 303-308.
  • 'Engaging Students in Science Courses by revisiting the Thayer method' Richard Pennington, David Pursell, Joseph Sloop. Georgia Conference on College and University Teaching, February 2010, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA.
  • 'Using Video Podcasts to Aid Student Preparation and Engagement' Richard Pennington. Georgia Conference on College and University Teaching, February 2010, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA.
  • 'Expecting Students to Prepare for Class: Using Technologically Innovative Methods to Increase Student Preparedness' Tee Barron, *Richard Pennington. 23rd Annual Georgia Perimeter College Mathematics Conference, February 2010, Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta, GA.
  • 'Adapting to Student Learning Styles: Using Cell Phone Technology in Undergraduate Science Instruction' Deborah G. Sauder, Candace Timpte, Richard Pennington, Mai Yin Tsoi, Julia Paredes, David P. Pursell. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications, 2009, 1, 3066-3071.
  • 'Adapting to Student Learning Styles: Using Cell Phone Technology in Undergraduate Science Instruction' Richard Pennington, Deborah G. Sauder, Candace Timpte, Mai Yin Tsoi, Julia Paredes, David P. Pursell. Proceedings of International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation, Engineering Concepts, Relations, and Methodologies, 2009, 3, 1-5.
  • 'Adapting to Student Learning Styles: Using Cell Phone Technology in Undergraduate Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry Instruction' Candace Timpte, Deborah Sauder, Richard Pennington, Mai Yin Tsoi, Julia Paredes, David P. Pursell. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, 2009, 23, LB306.
  • 'Adapting to Student Learning Styles: Using Cell Phone Technology in Undergraduate Science Instruction' Deborah G. Sauder, Candace Timpte, Richard Pennington, Mai Yin Tsoi, Julia Paredes, David P. Pursell. 21st Annual World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications, June 2009, Honolulu, HI.
  • 'Adapting to student learning styles: using cell phone technology in undergraduate biology, chemistry, and biochemistry instruction' Julia Paredes, Mai Yin Tsoi, Candace Timpte, Deborah Sauder, Richard Pennington, David P. Pursell. EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference, June 2009, Atlanta, GA.
  • 'Jeopardy: College Style’ Richard Pennington, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE, April 2008.
  • ‘N-Hydroxy sulfonimidamides as new nitroxyl (HNO) donors’ Pennington, R.L., Xha, X., King, S.B. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett., 2005, 15, 2331.
  • ‘Pyrophosphate-based gemini surfactants’ Jaeger, D.A.; Wang, Y.; Pennington, R.L. Langmuir, 2002, 18, 9259.
  • ‘Chemical Warfare Agents: History and Chemistry’ Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Pennington, R.L. Lincoln, NE, 2004.
  • ‘Pyrophosphate-based gemini surfactants’ Pennington, R.L., Gordon Conference of surfactant assemblies and supramolecules, University of New London, New London, CT, 2001.


Awards / Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Member 2005-2006, College of Saint Mary
  • Nominated for Outstanding Teaching Award, 2009, Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Nominated for Outstanding Teaching Award, 2010, Georgia Gwinnett College


Grants

  • Marie Curie Scholarship Program (awarded through National Science Foundation S-STEM program), 2006-2011 (College of Saint Mary) - $450,000


Contact Information

  • Phone: 678-407-5790 (office)
  • Email: rpenning@ggc.usg.edu


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