General, Organic, & Biochemistry 9th International Edition

The ninth edition of General, Organic, and Biochemistry is designed to help undergraduate health-related majors, and students of all other majors, understand key concepts and appreciate the significant connections between chemistry, health, disease, and the treatment of disease. This text continues to strike a balance between theoretical and practical chemistry, while emphasizing material that is unique to health-related studies. The text has been written at a level intended for students whose professional goals do not include a mastery of chemistry, but for whom an understanding of the principles and practice of chemistry is a necessity. Designed for the one- or two-semester course, this text has an easy-to-follow problem-solving pedagogy, vivid illustrations, and engaging applications.

About the Author

Katherine J. Denniston is the Deputy Director of the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the National Science Foundation and served as the Acting Director of DUE in 2011 and 2012. Prior to that, she was as the Associate Provost of Towson University from 2007-2010. While at Towson, she also served as Associate Dean of the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Director of Premedical and Predental Programs, and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.Dr. Denniston has a long-standing interest in reform of undergraduate and K-12 education. For many years she served as the Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education. In that capacity she directed several projects to improve science and mathematics teacher preparation to provide professional development in science and mathematics for inservice teachers. She was the Project Director of the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation II, a National Science Foundation-funded statewide Collaborative for the preparation of science and mathematics specialists to teach in middle school. In addition, she was Director of the Maryland Educators’ Summer Research Program, which facilitated research experiences for inservice and preservice teachers, and co-Director of the Maryland Governor’s Academy for Mathematics and Science, a summer residence professional development program for Maryland teachers. Dr. Denniston was co-Principal Investigator, along with Dr. Larry Wimmers, on an NSF grant to introduce inquiry-based laboratories into the first semester biology course required of all biology majors. She is interested in reform efforts to introduce similar inquiry-based labs into all introductory science courses. Most recently she was awarded a National Science Foundation Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion grant to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in science and mathematics disciplines.From 2002-2004, Dr. Denniston served as a Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. During that time she was worked on a number of programs, including the Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion (STEP), Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Teacher Preparation, and the Robert Noyce Scholarship Programs. She also participated in the Division of Graduate Education Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program, as well as the Math/Science Partnership (MSP) Program.Before coming to Towson University in 1985, Dr. Denniston earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1975. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a Senior Staff Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, and a Research Assistant Professor at the Division of Molecular Virology and Immunology, Georgetown University. At Towson, Dr. Denniston has taught a wide variety of courses from the introductory to the graduate level. Dr. Denniston has published extensively on various aspects of molecular biology and virology. She has also published articles and presented workshops on science education and was co-editor of Recombinant DNA, published by Dowden, Hutchinson, and Ross, Inc. Joseph J. Topping was born in Amsterdam, New York. He earned the B.S. degree in chemistry from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. After doing postdoctoral research at the Ames Laboratory of Iowa State University, where he studied the preconcentration, separation, and analysis of trace metals using high performance liquid chromatography, he joined Towson University as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry . He has taught graduate-level courses in analytical instrumentation at Drexel University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He also taught courses in quantitative analysis and chemical instrumentation at McDaniel College. Most recently, he has been affiliated with the Osher Lifelong learning Institute at Towson University, teaching courses on subjects of particular interest to his senior citizen audience.Professor Topping has served as the principal or co-principle investigator on a variety of NSF-sponsored grants with topics ranging from analytical chemistry to chemical education. He has been involved in initiatives designed to improve the quality of middle and secondary school instruction; most notable was the NSF-sponsored Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation.Professor Topping has a number of papers and presentations in the scientific literature, reflecting his interests in environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, and chemical education. He has been involved in baseline studies of contamination of fish in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.Towson University has recognized Professor Topping’s achievements by honoring him with the Outstanding Faculty Award (1984), the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award (1998), and the Sloan Teaching Award (2003). He has served as the Chairman of the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society (1988) and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Analytical Symposium.Professor Topping’s hobbies include golf, fly fishing, softball and collecting vintage baseball cards. He enjoys all types of reading, particularly eighteenth & nineteenth century American History and the history of baseball. Danae Quirk Dorr, an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has been at the university since 2005. She completed her undergraduate work at the College of St. Scholastica (Biochemistry and Biology), her doctoral work at the University of Minnesota (Medicinal Chemistry), and her post-graduate work at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Dr. Quirk Dorr is currently serving as chair of the Education Committee of the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society and co-chair of the Extended Learning Sub-Meet and Confer Committee at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is actively conducting research within the field of chemical education with special focus on student learning styles in various learning environments. Dr. Quirk Dorr is particularly interested in aspects of learning theory and how it can be influenced by technology. Robert L. Caret received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire in 1974 and his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from Suffolk University in 1969. His honorary degrees include a Doctor of Humane Letters from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and Westfield State University (2012), San Jose State University (2004), and National Hispanic University (1997), and a Doctor of Science degree from Suffolk University (1996).Dr. Caret became Towson University’s 12th president in 2003. From 2003 to 2011, he was president of Towson University where he also served as a faculty member, dean, executive vice president and provost during his more than 25-year tenure at the university. Between 1995 and 2003, he left Towson to assume the presidency of San Jose State University. Robert L. Caret was elected President of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system on January 13, 2011.Active in regional and national organizations and boards, President Caret currently serves on the Massachusetts Economic Development Planning Council, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Board, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Board, the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center Board, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Board, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate Board, the New England Council Board, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Board, and is a member of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the Executive Steering Committee of the AASCU Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI). He also is a member of the Board of Directors for 1st Mariner Bancorp and the Board of Advisors for Evergreen Capital LLC.Previously, he served on the NCAA Presidential Task Force on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics and served on their Presidential Advisory Group and the Football Academic Working Group. He has also served on the American Flag Foundation Board of Directors the Board, the College Board Foundation, the Board of Directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Maryland Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, and the Maryland P-20 Leadership Council. He was inducted into the Baltimore County Chamber Business Hall of Fame in 2006 and was awarded the Towson University Hillel Gesher Award in 2010. He was also awarded the Metropolitan Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award in 1999.President Caret has authored many articles in business and professional publications in the fields of chemistry, chemical education and higher education. He co-authored four textbooks in the fields of organic chemistry and allied health chemistry. The Maryland Chapter of the American Chemical Society recognized President Caret’s achievements by honoring him with the George L. Braude Award in 2005.He has been the recipient of many other distinguished awards and is listed in several editions of Who’s Who in America. Dr. Caret and his wife Elizabeth have four children and reside in Boston.

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