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BIOLOGY FACULTY

Laura Bannon

Laura Bannan, M.S.
Senior Instructor of Biology

Office: Smith 222
Phone: 864-503-5729

Courses Taught:
Honors Biological Science I (BIOL 101)
Honors Biological Science II (BIOL 102)
General Biology (BIOL 110)
Microbiology (BIOL 330)

Bradley Baumgarner

 

Bradley Baumgarner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 211
Phone: 864-503-7432

Research Interests:
Molecular Physiology

Courses Taught:
Human Physiology (BIOL 242)

Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell, M.S.
Senior Instructor of Biology

Office: Smith 208
Phone: 864-503-5716

Research Interests:
Molluscan systematics
Neogene and Recent Western Atlantic Molluscan faunas
Zoogeography
Distribution and Conservation of Native Plants

Courses Taught:
Biological Science I (BIOL 101)
Biological Science II (BIOL 102)
Environmental Science (BIOL 270)
Field Ornithology (BIOL 305)
Deep Sea Ecology (BIOL 385)

 Chapman Jeannie

Jeannie Chapman, Ph.D.
Chair of NSE
Associate Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 215
Phone: 864-503-5768

Research Interests:
Cancer Biology
Use of Technology in the Classroom

Courses Taught:
Honors Biological Science I (BIOL 101)
Intro to Cell & Molecular Biology (BIOL 302)
Molecular Cell Biology (BIOL 550)
Senior Seminar (BIOL 599)

Vince Connors

Vince Connors, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 229
Phone: 864-503-5780

Research Interests:
Immunobiology of Schistosoma mansoni
Estuarine Fish Parasites

Courses Taught:
Field Ornithology (BIOL 305)
Invertebrate Zoology (BIOL 310)
Parasitology (BIOL 531)
Immunology (BIOL 540)
Senior Seminar (BIOL 599)

David Ferris

David Ferris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 305
Phone: 864-503-5685
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Ecological Modeling
Ecology of Introduced Species

Courses Taught:
Human Biology & Society (BIOL 240)
Environmental Science (BIOL 270)
Human Physiology (BIOL 242)
Pathophysiology (BIOL 370)
Ecology (BIOL 570)
Senior Seminar (BIOL 599)

Kathleen Ferris

Kathleen Ferris, M.S.
Senior Instructor of Biology
Director, Microbiology Laboratory

Office: Smith 306
Phone: 864-503-5842

Courses Taught:
Microbiology (BIOL 330L)

George Labanick

George Labanick, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 309
Phone: 864-503-5707

Research Interests:
Mimicry in Southern Appalachian Salamanders

Courses Taught:
University 101 (UNIV 101)
Biological Science I (BIOL 101)
Genetics (BIOL 350)
Developmental Biology (BIOL 507)
Animal Behavior (BIOL 534)
Senior Seminar (BIOL 599)

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Benjamin Montgomery, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 315
Phone: 864-503-5764
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Pollination biology
Plant evolutionary ecology

Courses Taught:
Introductory Biology I (BIOL 101)
General Botany (BIOL 320)
Plant Taxonomy (BIOL 525)

Sylvia Moore

Sylvia Moore, M.S.
Instructor of Biology, ret.

Office: Smith 220
Phone: 864-503-5734

Courses Taught:
Human Anatomy (BIOL 232)
Human Physiology (BIOL 242)

Gill Newberry

Gill Newberry, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Biology

Research Interests:
Floristic Surveys of South Carolina

 

Diana Pettit

Diana Pettit, Ph.D.
Instructor of Biology

Office: Smith 211

Courses Taught:
Introductory Biology I (BIOL 101)
General Biology (BIOL 110)

Melissa Pilgrim

Melissa Pilgrim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Director of Research

Office: Smith 307, Administration 222A
Phone: 864-503-5781, 864-503-5457
Center for Research and Scholarship Support

Research Interests:
Stable Isotopes as Tracers in Living Systems
Climate Change Biology
Life History Evolution

Courses Taught:
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 301)
Human Physiology (BIOL 242)
Senior Seminar (BIOL 599)

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Julie Smoak, M.S.
Instructor of Biology

Office: Smith 219
Phone: 864-503-5725

Courses Taught:
General Biology (BIOL 110)
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 301)

Jon Storm

Jonathan Storm, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 223
Phone: 864-503-5753
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Chemically-mediated predator-prey interactions
Mammalian Ecology

Courses Taught:
Biological Science I (BIOL 101)
Honors Biological Science II (BIOL 102)
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIOL 315)
Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 375)

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Melissa Storm, M.S.
Instructor of Biology

Office: Smith 308
Phone: 864-503-5710

Courses Taught:
Human Anatomy (BIOL 232)
Human Physiology (BIOL 242)

Jack Turner

Jack Turner, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Biology
Director, Watershed Ecology Center

Office: Smith 318
Phone: 864-503-5711
Watershed Ecology Center

Research Interests:
Water Quality
Textile Microbiology

Ginny Webb

Ginny Webb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: Smith 313
Phone: 864-503-5976

Courses Taught:
Microbiology (BIOL 330)


 

CHEMISTRY FACULTY

Chris Bender

Chris Bender, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office: Smith 415
Phone: 864-503-5755
Personal Web Page

Research Interests:
Synthesis and Properties of Nanoparticles
Materials Science
Forensic Analytical Chemistry (Non-Biochemistry)

Courses Taught:
General Chemistry I (CHEM 111)
Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 511)

Sarah Caldwell

Sarah Caldwell, Ph.D.
Instructor of Chemistry

Courses Taught:
Chemistry of Living Things (CHEM 109)
Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 331)

Judy Kreuger

Judy Krueger, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor of Chemistry

Office: Smith 414
Phone: 864-503-5712
Personal Web Page

Courses Taught:
Fundamental Chemistry I (CHEM 101)
Chemistry of Living Things (CHEM 109)

Rick Kreuger

Rick Krueger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office: Smith 406
Phone: 864-503-5714
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Binding of the endocrine peptide ACTH

Courses Taught:
Chemistry of Living Things (CHEM 109)
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (CHEM 112)
Biochemistry I (CHEM 581)
Biochemistry II (CHEM 582)

Lisa Lever

Lisa Lever, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair of NSE
Professor of Chemistry

Office: Smith 409
Phone: 864-503-5713
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Collaborative learning in physical chemistry
Physical chemistry/spectroscopy

Courses Taught:
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (CHEM 112)
Physical Chemistry I (CHEM 541)
Physical Chemistry II (CHEM 542)

Anselm Omoike

Anselm Omoike, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: Smith 408
Phone: 864-503-5756

Research Interests:
Analytical and Environmental Applications of Magnetic Nanomaterials
Interactions of Nanoparticles with Biofilms
Biotransformation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Courses Taught:
General Chemistry (CHEM 111)
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (CHEM 112)
Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 321)
Instrumental Methods of Analysis (CHEM 522)

Astrid Rosario

Astrid Rosario, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office: Smith 405
Phone: 864-503-5738
Personal Web page

Research Interests:
Physical and Kinetic Measurements of Crosslinked Polymer Systems
Investigations of High Performance Polymeric Nanocomposites

Courses Taught:
Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 331)
Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 332)
Polymer Chemistry (CHEM 534)

Joshua Ruppel

Joshua Ruppel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: Smith 407
Phone: (864) 503-5720

Research Interests:
Metalloporphyrin Catalyzed Atom/Group Transfer Reactions

Courses Taught:
Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 331)
Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 332)

Ron Sobczak

Ron Sobczak, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Emertus of Chemistry

Research Interests:
Environmental Chemistry




 

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT FACULTY

Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis, M.S.
Program Coordinator
Engineering Technology Management

Office: UCG 104
Phone: 864-552-4235

Courses Taught:
Engineering Cost Analysis (ETMG 320)
Engineering Work Analysis (ETMG 330)
System Decision Making (ETMG 370)
Engineering Teams Theory and Practice (ETMG 410)
Quality Practices (ETMG 415)
Engineering Project Management (ETMG 420)
Senior Seminar (ETMG 499)

Tom Rogers

 

 

 

Tom Rogers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of
Engineering Technology Management

Office: UCG 105
Phone: 864-552-4174

Research Interests:
Knowledge Transfer
Business Communication
Project Management

Courses Taught:
Engineering Cost Analysis (ETMG 320)
Engineering Teams Theory and Practice (ETMG 410)


 

GEOLOGY FACULTY

Briget Doyle 2014

Briget Doyle, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Geology

Office: Smith 221
Phone: 864-503-5737

Research Interests:
Engineering geology, environmental geology
Geologic and human-induced hazards and their impacts to infrastructure and society

Courses Taught:
Physical Geology (GEOL 101)
Natural Disasters (GEOL 104)

Lyle Campbell

Lyle Campbell, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Geology

Office: Smith 206
Phone: 864-503-5751

Research Interests:
Marine Paleontology
Molluscan systematics
Neogene and Recent Western Atlantic Molluscan faunas
Biostratigraphy of the Southeastern Coastal Plain
Deep Sea Ecology

Courses Taught:
Physical Geology (GEOL 101)
Historical Geology (GEOL 102)
Geology of the Southeast (GEOL 120)

Chip Green

Chip Green, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Geology

Research Interests:
Environmental Geology
Evolution & Early Earth
Geoscience Information


 
PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY FACULTY

Andy Leonardi

Andy Leonardi, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor of Physics

Office: Smith 228
Phone: 864-503-5708

Courses Taught:
Descriptive Astronomy (ASTR 111)
Introduction to Physical Science (PHYS 101)
General Physics I (PHYS 201)

John Riley

John Riley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics

Office: Smith 227
Phone: 864-503-5775

Research Interests:
Large Scale (Gigapixel) Mosaic Imaging
Photographic Virtual Reality
Robotic Control of Image Acquisition

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Physical Science (PHYS 101)
General Physics I (PHYS 201)
General Physics II (PHYS 202)
Essentials of Physics I (PHYS 211)
Essentials of Physics II (PHYS 212)


 

NSE ADJUNCT FACULTY

BIOLOGY
Ms. Katherine Baumgarner
Dr. Suma Bhat
Dr. Jay Brown
Ms. Carol Broadus
Dr. Janice Fordree
Dr. Scott Lawson
Ms. Sylvia Moore
Ms. Michanna Talley
Dr. Peggy Yo


CHEMISTRY
Ms. Alice Claggett
Dr. Isabel Nunez
Mr. Dinesh Patel
Dr. Iqbal Sharif

GEOLOGY
Dr. Lyle Campbell
Mr. Phil Carter

 


 

NSE STAFF

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Lisa Miller
NSE Administrative Assistant

Office: Smith 215
Phone: 864-503-5725

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Laura Patterson
Laboratory Technician

Office: Smith 218
Phone: 864-503-5921

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Karen Reece
Laboratory Manager

Office: Smith 225
Phone: 864-503-5921

 

Division Chair
Jeannie Chapman, Ph.D.

Administrative Assistant
Lisa Miller

Resources
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Suggested Plans of Study
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Watershed Ecology Center
Laboratory Safety 

Contact Us
USC Upstate
Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Horace C. Smith Building, Room 215
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5725
Fax: 864-503-5366

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