Department of Chemistry & Physics

Chemistry Program
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Carmen Giunta Carmen J. Giunta, Professor of Chemistry (1990)


Associate Professors

Theresa Beaty Theresa L. Beaty, Associate Professor of Chemistry (1996)
  • Ph.D. (Biochemistry) Johns Hopkins University

    B.S. (Chemistry and Biology) Aquinas College
  • SC237; (315)445-4109; beatytl@lemoyne.edu
  • Specialty: Biochemistry. Visit her web page.
  • Research:
    1. The effects of environmental agents, hormones and growth factors on gene expression, especially with respect to cell growth and differentiation. The model system is the gonads of a hermaphroditic fish.
    2. Genetic diversity within an insect population.
Michael Masingale Michael P. Masingale, Associate Professor of Chemistry (1984), on sabbatical fall 2014
  • Ph.D. (Chemistry) Syracuse University

    B.S. (Chemistry) Morehouse College
  • SC307; (315)445-4108; masingal@lemoyne.edu
  • Specialty: Inorganic Chemistry
  • Research: The synthesis and characterization of porphyrin ligand systems that might serve as catalysts for the reduction of coordinated nitrogen (N2) to N2H4 (hydrazine) or NH3 (ammonia). 
Joseph Mullins Joseph J. Mullins, Associate Professor of Chemistry (1999)
  • Ph.D. & M.S. (Chemistry) University of Rochester

    B.S. (Chemistry) Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SC306; (315)445-4729; mullinjj@lemoyne.edu
  • Specialty: Organic chemistry, particularly synthesis
  • Research: My area of interest is organic synthesis. Two areas of the field will be investigated: the synthesis of biologically active compounds and the development of synthetic methodologies. Target molecules include derivatives of the steroid dehydroepiandrosterone, and polyphenolic compounds related to the natural antioxidant resveratrol. Such compounds have potential disease-preventative and therapeutic properties. Research experience will include experimental design, synthetic methods, and modern methods of purification and structural characterization. 
Anna O'Brien, Associate Professor of Chemistry (2007), on sabbatical spring 2015
  • Ph.D. (Chemistry) Syracuse University

    M.S. (Chemical and Environmental Engineering) & B.S. (Chemistry) University of Toledo
  • SC312; (315)445-4674; obrienay@lemoyne.edu
  • Specialty: Environmental and analytical chemistry. Research projects have an environmental focus, incorporating inorganic synthesis and analytical techniques. 


Permanent Staff

Barbara Leo, Environmental Health and Safety Officer and Adjunct Instructor of Chemistry

  • M.S. Rochester Institute of Technology

    B.S. SUNY Buffalo; 
  • SC118; (315)445-4536; leobl@lemoyne.edu
  • Specialty: Analytical and instrumental chemistry 


Adjunct and Visiting Faculty


Research Presentations and Publications and Faculty News

  • Two members of the Le Moyne chemistry faculty made presentations in the chemical education portion of the 250th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston on Sunday, Aug. 16. Joe Mullins participated in the poster session, presenting a poster entitled "Standardizing representations of electrons and electron movement." Carmen Giunta gave a talk titled "The periodic table: highlights from the history of an icon" in a session for high school teachers.
  • Carmen Giunta, professor of chemistry, had a paper published in the Journal of Chemical Education: "The Mole and Amount of Substance in Chemistry and Education: Beyond Official Definitions".
  • Senior chemistry major and chemistry club president Allen Prusinowski received the 2015 Dolphin Choice award for Club President of the Year.
  • Two members of the chemistry faculty, Theresa Beaty and Joseph Mullins, wrote essays for the collection Why We Do What We Do: Essays by Le Moyne College Faculty, edited by Maura Brady and published in Fall 2014. Theresa Beaty's essay is titled "Why Do I Teach Biochemistry?" and Joseph Mullins's is "The Light of the Guiding Moon."
  • Carmen Giunta, professor of chemistry, had a book chapter "Flights of Fancy: World Heritage and Other Sites in Egypt, China, Peru and Mexico" in an American Chemical Society (ACS) Symposium Series book Science History Study Tours edited by Mary Virginia Orna.
  • Senior Allen Prusinowski and sophomore Brian Wilson, both chemistry majors, are among the 10 students selected as McDevitt Undergraduate Fellows in Natural Science for the 2014-15 academic year. Each McDevitt Fellow works closely with a Le Moyne faculty mentor while conducting hands-on research in one of Le Moyne's labs or in the field. In addition, the fellows and their mentors will participate in a monthly research seminar led by George Coyne S.J., McDevitt Chair in physics, at which they will present their research and discuss its progress. This prestigious fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend. Dr. Joseph Mullins and Dr. Anna O'Brien are the faculty mentors of Prusinowski and Wilson, respectively.
  • A partnership between Syracuse University and Le Moyne College in undergraduate chemistry research was highlighted in Syracuse University Arts and Sciences News. Among the Le Moyne chemistry people pictured or quoted are Prof. Anna O'Brien and senior chemistry majors Cody Webb and Alan Prusinowski. President Linda Le Mura, Kate Costello-Sullivan (dean of arts and sciences) and Philip George (director of major and planned gifts) are also quoted in the story.
  • Cody Webb, a senior chemistry major, spent the summer at the Graz University of Technology (Graz, Austria) carrying out research in collaboration with scientists at Graz and Syracuse University. He also spent time gathering data at the Elettra Synchrotron facility in Trieste, Italy, for a second time in 2014. Webb's work at Syracuse University with Prof. Karin Ruhlandt has been highlighted in the Syracuse University Arts and Sciences News and he is also quoted in a story on Prof. Ruhlandt.
  • Webb was just one of six Le Moyne chemistry students who participated in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at research institutions near and abroad. Senior Samantha Maggio also conducted research at the Graz University of Technology. Senior Lindsay LaPaglia was in an REU program at the University of Rochester, and senior Alan Prusinowski and juniors Cara Cawley and Brian Wilson were REU students at Syracuse University.
  • Dr. Theresa Beaty made two presentations at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education held in August 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "Shades of Grey: Just Because It Can Be Done Doesn't Mean It Should Be Done," describing how students in a course for non-science majors discuss societal implications of biotechnology and drug development, was in a session on Liberal Arts Content in Chemistry Classrooms. "Connecting Basic Concepts to Experimental Data: In-Class Journal Clubs" in a session on Biochemistry Education, related how students in her biochemistry course analyze recent primary research articles and explain the most important findings to their peers.
  • Dr. Carmen Giunta made three presentations at the 248th national meeting of the American Chemical Society held in August 2014 in San Francisco. Two of his presentations were in the program of the division of the history of chemistry: "Emanations and Isotopes" and "Isotopes: Identifying the Breakthrough Publication" treated the early days of radiochemistry and the origins of the isotope concept. His other presentation was in a symposium sponsored by the committee on nomenclature, terminology, and symbols: "Defining the Mole and Kilogram for Chemistry Education" treated pedagogical implications of proposed redefinitions of these units currently under consideration by the international bureau of weights and measures.
  • Congratulations to Dr. David Craig (in the physics program of the department of chemistry and physics) for his promotion to the rank of Professor and to Dr. Anna O'Brien for her promotion to Associate Professor with tenure, announced in Spring 2014.
  • Le Moyne chemists at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Dallas, TX, March 16-20, 2014
  • Dr. Carmen Giunta was co-author of the solutions manual for a new edition of Physical Chemistry: Quanta, Matter, and Change by Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, and Ronald Friedman: Charles Trapp, Marshall Cady, and Carmen Giunta, Students Solutions Manual to Accompany Physical Chemistry: Quanta, Matter, and Change 2e. The books are published by Oxford University Press (2013 for the main text, 2014 for the solutions manual).
  • Cody Webb presented a poster of work done in collaboration with Dr. O'Brien in Dr. Karin Ruhlandt's laboratory at Syracuse University at the 39th Northeast Regional Meeting of the ACS, New Haven, CT, October 23-26, 2013: Cody C. Webb Jr., Alan Goos, Anna O'Brien, Karin Ruhlandt, "Towards heterobimetallic alkaline earth metal bismuthates as MOCVD precursors."
  • Dr. Giunta had a chapter "Historical Chemists in Fiction" published Gary D. Patterson and Seth C. Rasmussen, Eds., Characters in Chemistry: A Celebration of the Humanity of Chemistry (ACS, 2013). The chapter was based on his presentation at the 244th National Meeting of the ACS in August 2012 in Philadelphia: "Fictional characters in chemistry" in the program of the Division of the History of Chemistry.
  • Dr. Anna O'Brien is a senior investigator on a successful NSF-REU grant, "REU Site: Chemistry Undergraduate Research at Syracuse University" 2013-2016, Syracuse University, Award Number CHE-1263154. Principal Investigators: Karin Ruhlandt, Michael Sponsler of Syracuse University.
  • Dr. Giunta presented two papers in the program of the history division at the 246th national meeting of the ACS in Indianapolis in September 2013, "HIST tutorial: Molecules in motion - the kind we call heat" and "Ordering the Elements: van den Broek and Moseley."
  • Dr. O'Brien contributed to a presentation at the 38th Northeast Regional Meeting of the ACS in Rochester, NY, in October 2012: Yuriko Takahashi, Anna O'Brien, Karin Ruhlandt-Senge, "Convenient, one pot, metal-based reactions towards molecular alkaline earth species."
  • Dr. Mullins published an article in the Journal of Chemical Education: "Hyperconjugation: A More Coherent Approach," Journal of Chemical Education 89, 834-836 (2012).
  • Dr. O'Brien contributed to a poster presentation at the Inorganic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference, Biddeford, ME, June 17-22, 2012: Yuriko Takahashi, Daniel Weismann, Miriam Gillett-Kunnath, Anna Y. O'Brien, Helmut Sitzman, Phil Andrews, Glen Deacon, Karin Ruhlandt-Senge, "Investigations of redox transmetallation/ligand exchange reactions of alkaline earth metals with siliylamides and cyclopentadienides."
  • Dr. Mullins made a presentation at the 243rd National Meeting of the ACS in March 2012 in San Diego: "'Five-minute mechanism' program in organic chemistry" in the program of the Division of Chemical Education.
  • Dr. Anna O'Brien contributed to an article in Coordination Chemistry Reviews: Ana Torvisco, Anna Y. O'Brien, and Karin Ruhlandt-Senge, "Advances in alkaline earth-nitrogen chemistry," 255(11-12), 1268-1292 (June 2011).
  • Two Le Moyne chemists made presentations at the 241st National Meeting of the ACS in March 2011 in Anaheim, CA.
  • Dr. Giunta was appointed editor of the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry effective January 2011.