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Academic Genealogy

An academic genealogy traces a path through history following from teacher to student. It illustrates the major influences on how we as researchers approach a problem. When we see that the history of chemistry stretches back into medicine, alchemy and philosophy, we are reminded that knowledge is not immutable. It changes as we learn more. Tracing our academic lineages also reminds us that regardless of what subdivision of chemistry we have chosen to pursue (analytical, organic, inorganic, physical, biochemical, etc.) they all stem from common lines of thought and are all equally important.

Below is the first version of an on-going project to map the academic genealogy of the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene. The goal is to have a lineage for each current and past faculty member. It is not guaranteed to be complete nor error free, but it will be constantly improved.

The discipline of industrial hygiene is relatively young and is the child of two lines of study, chemistry and medicine. Lineages that stem from chemistry can be traced back as far as the 1500's; however, lineages that stem from modern medicine are more difficult to follow. Several schools of medicine abandoned the requirement of a thesis or dissertation, and the practice of having a single mentor was replaced with study under several teachers. This is the case with Dr. Kimbrough's lineage. Although Dr. Marcus M. Key was an important person in his field (among other things he was the first director of NIOSH), he did not have a single individual who provided a primary influence on his education.

The Department's Academic Tree (pdf)

Current Faculty

Dr. Amanda Coffman

Dr. Frank Diaz

Dr. Cameron Gren

Dr. Leshan Kimbrough

Dr. Brent Olive

Dr. Christopher Stopera