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Jonathon Russel

Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.S., Texas Lutheran University 
Ph.D., Dartmouth College 
Postdoctoral research, University of Michigan

Programs: Chemistry

Hi. I teach Organic Chemistry – my wife has a real job. We have one daughter – our daughter has one younger brother. We have one dog – the dog is usually in trouble. I occasionally have some fish. Yes, I would like another cup of coffee. I’ve been told that I walk funny – no one seems to complain when I run. If something breaks in my house, I can generally make it worse. I like music. I don’t just let the music play in the background, I listen, I daydream. I just got an iPod – my kids use it. I have a lot of other things; I just can’t seem to find them. I went on a roller-coaster once – once was enough! I grew up in Texas. I like to be outside – I think better when I’m moving. I’m a big fan of white-water kayaking – I’ve noticed that Wisconsin rivers are frequently covered with ice. I really like to eat pies. There was a time when I thought I would get a degree in Philosophy, but it was too much reading and too few pictures – I like the pictures. I like to cook – I don’t like to follow the directions. I like to rent movies. I used to be able to ride a unicycle – it wasn’t a skill that came in real handy. I do not like to fly. I used to play the trumpet – now I just have one. People have told me that I go off on tangents – I wonder how they know what I was going to talk about. I use a lot of transparent tape. I don’t like things to be unorganized – I’m good at un-organizing things. I like to work with my hands; perhaps that’s why I like chemistry . . .

CHEM 100 Applications of Chemistry
CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry: Intermediate
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry: Research Emphasis
CHEM 310 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 307 Bioorganic Chemistry (Summer/J-term only)

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