About me

I have been teaching Sophomore Organic Chemistry Laboratory since I began teaching at Dominican University the Fall of 1999. Such as is common at small colleges, I teach both lecture and laboratory for Organic Chemistry. I really enjoy teaching the lab, because it offers a lot of one-on-one contact with the students. I’m not sure how I would learn everybody’s name if I did not have them in lab. I really get to know students’ personalities (for better or for worse) in the lab. This arrangement makes Organic Chemistry a very intense experience for both students and instructor. This blog chronicles the Spring 2008, 2nd semester Sophomore Organic Chemistry Laboratory at Dominican University. There are 24 students split into two laboratory sections. We have just moved into a new building Fall 2007.



  1. Posted March 3, 2008 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Thanks for leaving a comment on the UsefulChem wiki – I’ll be following your progress on your blog – it looks like you are generating a very valuable resource here!

    If you are looking for a suggestion for an experiment, maybe try some of our Ugi reactions that crystallize from the reaction mixture:

    It would be interesting to see if you get the same yields and results. If your students did some of the Ugi reactions that we haven’t done yet this might be a way of doing a real collaboration to synthesize new anti-malarial compounds. Let me know if you would like to discuss further.

    • Teddie Mower
      Posted October 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      Please do not cite Harwood as the author of this inquiry model. This is from Rebecca Reiff’s dissertation and the study was completed by me and Rebecca with some help from Harwood. As a result of publishing this under his name only in the College Science Teacher and elsewhere, he was asked by Indiana University to print a retraction in the CST. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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