Faculty and Staff

Harris Marc Harris, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry
B.A., University of Arizona; Ph.D., University of Nevada at Reno

Dr. Harris is just the fifth chair of the nationally recognized Chemistry Department and ACS accredited program since 1951. He is known for his student-faculty research success and student-faculty publications. Dr. Harris has mentored and guided his student researchers to conference presentations, many achieving first place honors, at national and regional conferences in Boston, New Orleans, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle, among others. His research groups have also been selected twice to present their undergraduate research projects to the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill. With his students as co-authors, Dr. Harris’ work has been published in several journals including the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry.

Telephone: 717-867-6146
Address: Neidig-Garber 406
Email: harris@lvc.edu
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Marsh Anderson L. Marsh, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Director of Chemistry Track for Engineering; Vernon and Doris Bishop Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Hampden-Sydney College; Ph.D., University of Michigan; ACS-PRF Alternative Energy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley-05.

Dr. Marsh specializes in experimental physical chemistry and surface science. His research is aimed at understanding kinetics of environmentally significant reactions on model catalyst surfaces.

Telephone: 717-867-6149
Address: Neidig-Garber 404
Email: marsh@lvc.edu
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Moe Owen A. Moe, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
B.A., St. Olaf College; Ph.D., Purdue University; NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

Professor Moe’s research, in the area of biochemistry, uses kinetic methods to study catalysis at enzyme active sites. He also develops upper-level laboratory experiments involving mass spectral, chromatographic, and spectroscopic instrumentation.

Telephone: 717-867-6144
Address: Neidig-Garber 421
Email: moe@lvc.edu
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Patton Walter A. Patton, Associate Professor of Chemistry (Sabbatical Leave Spring/17)
B.S., Susquehanna University; Ph.D., Lehigh University; Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Patton is interested in the structure-function relationships in proteins. Most recently his work focuses on the features of E. coli GMP synthetase that facitlitate ammonia transfer from a domain where it is synthesized to the domain in which it is utilized. His work integrates chemical, biochemical and molecular biological methods (e.g. polymerase chain reaction) to make "designer" proteins at the DNA level. Once expressed in bacteria, these proteins are purified in order to study their function.

Telephone: 717-867-6827
Address: Neidig-Garber 315
Email: patton@lvc.edu
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Peelen Timothy J. Peelen, Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Calvin College; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Peelen's research focuses on the development of asymmetric reactions catalyzed by simple organic molecules (organocatalysts). The reaction mechanisms of organocatalyzed reactions are studied by using kinetics and by structural analysis of reaction intermediates.

Telephone: 717-867-6147
Address: Neidig-Garber 426
Email: peelen@lvc.edu
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Rasmussen Michelle Rasmussen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.A., Lawrence University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Rasmussen’s research is focused on bioelectrochemistry, using biological catalysts for electrochemical sensing and renewable energy production. Current projects are focused on development of biosensors for detecting biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases.

Telephone: 717-867-6643
Address: Neidig-Garber 414
Email: rasmusse@lvc.edu

Sterner Elizabeth S. Sterner, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Creighton University; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Prof. Sterner specializes in polymer chemistry and soft materials science. Her research interests are centered around a multidisciplinary approach to understanding how particular molecular structures and processing methods give rise to material properties such as placement of thermal transitions, impact/puncture resistance, and stimulus-responsive or “smart” behavior. Current projects include: harnessing facile multicomponent reactions to produce complex polymer structures in one synthetic step; developing “smart” polymer additives for on-demand modification of solution viscosity; designing robust, impact resistant plastics by adding structures with specific molecular dynamics; and exploring composites of natural and synthetic rubbers with naturally-derived, non-harmful nanoparticles to increase puncture resistance and mechanical integrity.

Telephone: 717-867-6644
Address: Neidig-Garber 419
Email: esterner@lvc.edu

Timothy S. Garrett, Adjunct Instructor in Chemistry
B.S., Lebanon Valley College

Telephone: 717-867-6140
Address: Neidig-Garber 415
Email: garrett@lvc.edu

Pamela J. Higgins, Adjunct Instructor in Chemistry

Telephone: 717-867-6140
Address: Neidig-Garber 415
Email: higgins@lvc.edu

Kenneth R. Houser, Adjunct Instructor in Chemistry
B.S., Lebanon Valley College; M.S., Penn State University

Telephone: 717-867-6140
Address: Neidig-Garber 415
Email: khouser@lvc.edu

Johnston Cynthia R. Johnston, Chemistry Lab Coordinator and Instructor in Chemistry
B.S., Lebanon Valley College

Telephone: 717-867-6142
Address: Neidig-Garber 419
Email: johnston@lvc.edu
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Kensinger Seth Kensinger, Adjunct Instructor in Chemistry
B.S., Lehigh University; M.S., Penn State University; Ph.D., Widener University

Telephone: 717-867-6482
Address: Neidig-Garber 203
Email: kensinge@lvc.edu

Dora Peelen, Adjunct Instructor in Chemistry
B.S., Jozsef Attilla University, Hungary; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Telephone: 717-867-6140
Address: Neidig-Garber 415
Email: dpeelen@lvc.edu

Rothermel Alan R. Rothermel, Adjunct Instructor of Chemistry
B.S., Lock Haven University; M.S., Temple University

Telephone: 717-867-6140
Address: Neidig-Garber 415
Email: arotherm@lvc.edu

Donald B. Dahlberg, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.  Science Internship Director
B.S., University of Washington; M.S.,Cornell University; Ph.D.

Research interests in the area of chemometrics, the application of advanced statistical methods to chemistry. He works to apply chemometrics to analytical methods used in food and pharmaceutical industrial laboratories. He also serves as internship advisor in the natural sciences.

Telephone: 717-867-6143
Address: Neidig Garber 421
Email: dahlberg@lvc.edu
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Support Staff

Horne Marcus Bruce Horne, Campus Chemical and Environmental Coordinator
B.S., Lebanon Valley College; M.S., Pennsylvania State University

Telephone: 717-867-6145
Address: Neidig-Garber 410
Email: horne@lvc.edu

West Barbara Elaine West, Administrative Assistant for Physics, Chemistry, and the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program
B.A., Lebanon Valley College

Telephone: 717-867-6140
Address: Neidig-Garber 415
Email: west@lvc.edu