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Lyle Castle

Dr. Lyle Castle


Office: Tingey Administration Building 320, Idaho Falls


Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of South Florida – 1992

Research area: Organic Synthesis, Organometallic Synthesis

Student experience required for research: Chem 111 & 112 and currently enrolled in Chem 301/303

Student experience gained from research: Synthetic methods, chromatography, 1D and 2D NMR, photochemistry and theoretical methods.

Ideal preparation for: National companies like Pharmaceutical, Petroleum, agrochemical; Local companies such as Simplot, FMC, AMI, INEEL, also good for pre-medical, pre-dental and graduate schools in science or other areas.


Karl De Jesus

Dr. Karl De Jesus


Office: Physical Science Complex 355, Pocatello

(208) 282-2673

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison – 1986

Research area: Synthetic organic chemistry, organosilane chemistry, isotopic labeling

Student experience required for research: Students must have taken Chem 111, 112, 301, and 303 as a minimum. Preference is given to those with Chem 302, 304 and a long-term commitment to being in the research group.

Student experience gained from research: Inert atmosphere techniques, extraction and distillation techniques, and purification techniques such as preparatory thin layer and flash chromatography. Instrumental analysis (GC, GC-MS, IR, and NMR) so students will gain hands on experience on each of these instruments. Students are very encouraged to present their results at meetings and symposia thus gaining experience in presentation preparation and public speaking.

Ideal preparation for: Past students have gained scientific analysis skills that have served them well in a variety of industries including the semiconductor industry. The skills are most directly applicable to industrial positions involving spectroscopic analysis or materials preparations. In the past these have included the pharmaceutical, chemical manufacture, and polymer industries. Moreover, the biological and labeling components are good training for biochemical or medicinal research.

Caryn Evilia

Dr. Caryn Evilia


Office: Physical Science Complex 356, Pocatello

(208) 282-4006

Ph.D. Biological Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania – 1998

Research area: Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Microbiology

Student experience required for research: BIOL 101, 102, enrolled in 206; CHEM 111,112, enrolled in 301, 302

Student experience gained from research: Enzyme assays with non-traditional enzymes, molecular biology methods, microbiological methods, structural biology instrumentation, bioinformatics, and model building.

Ideal preparation for: Preparation for Professional schools- especially Graduate and Medical school, and Biotechnology and Pharmacology industries

Carolina Gonzalez-Aller

Adjunct Instructor

Office: Tingey Administration Building, Idaho Falls

(208) 282-4444

Master's Degree in Biochemistry - University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO (1991)

Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry - University of Colorado, Denver, CO

 Carolina currently teaches our Architecture of Matter Web Course.


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Dr. Lisa Goss

Associate Professor

Office: Physical Science Complex 340A, Pocatello

(208) 282-2542

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder – 1998

Research Areas: Medical isotopes and radiochemistry, high resolution vibrational spectroscopy and atmospheric chemistry, pedagogy of physical chemistry

Student experience required for research: Chem 111, Chem 112, enrolled in Chem 232 for project 1, enrolled in Chem 351 for projects 2 & 3, completion of Chem 112 and programming or SME experience for project 4

Student experience gained from research: Ion exchange separations and radiochemistry for project 1, rotational and vibrational spectroscopy, quantum mechanics for projects 2 & 3, programming for project 4

Ideal preparation for: Graduate school in chemistry, employment in analytical labs, teaching chemistry

Andrew Holland

Dr. Andrew Holland

Associate Professor

Office: Physical Science Complex 352, Pocatello

(208) 282-4278

Postdoctoral Studies, Heterogenous Catalysis, University of California, Berkeley – 2002-2004

Ph.D. Organometallic Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley – 2002

Research area: Organometallic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry

Student experience required for research: Chem 111, Chem 112, enrolled in Chem 301

Student experience gained from research: Synthetic methods, mechanistic methods, air-sensitive techniques, NMR.

Ideal preparation for: Graduate school in chemistry; petrochemical, specialty, and pharmaceutical chemical industries.

Dr. Courtney "Cori" Jenkins

Assistant Professor

Office: PSC 347

(208) 282-3734

Ph.D. Biochemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana - 2015

Bachelor of Science Biochemistry, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri - 2010

 Dr. Jenkins is our newest Faculty Member and will be teaching General Chemistry Lab, General Chemistry Honors Lab, and Biochemistry for the Fall 2019 semester. Keep an eye out for her Research specializations coming soon.

Sharlene Jolley

Sharlene Jolley

Associate Lecturer

Office: Tingey Administration Building 165, Idaho Falls

M.S. Chemistry - Kansas State University; Manhattan, KS (1998)

B.S. Chemistry - Utah State University; Logan, UT (1996)


Sharlene currently teaches our General Chemistry, General Chemistry Labs, Organic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry Labs at our Idaho Falls campus.


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Dr. John Kalivas


Office: Physical Science Complex, 253A

(208) 282-2726

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, University of Washington – 1982

Research areas: Analytical Chemistry, Chemometrics, Chemical Education

Student experience required for research: Chem 1111 and Chem 1112

Student experience gained from research: Data analysis, modeling, computational chemistry, spectroscopy, teaching

Ideal preparation for: Chemical industry, pharmaceuticals, medical, environmental, and agriculture research, teaching, and preparation for graduate school in Chemistry or other professional schools.



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For MATLAB code to perform sum of ranking differences (SRD), see 2013_12_16_SRD.7z

For MATLAB code to preform fusion classification, see 2018_3_1_ClassificationCode.7z

For MATLAB code to preform Model updating by sample and feature augmentation, see 2018_9_13_SAFA

For MATLAB code to perform single-class fusion classification with SRD, see 2019_11_25_SingleClassCode.7z

Dr. Kate McMurtrey

Assistant Lecturer

Office: Tingey Administration Building (TAB) 285

(208) 282-7803

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2014)

BA Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA (2009)

 Dr. McMurtrey is one of our newest faculty members to the Department. As of Fall 2019, she will be on the Idaho Falls campus teaching Introduction to General Chemistry (web course), Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry, Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory, and General Chemistry courses.



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Dr. Todd Morris

Assistant Teaching Professor & Assistant Chair

Office: Physical Science Complex, 247

(208) 282-2547

Ph.D. Chemistry, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (2004)

B.S. Chemistry, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN (1999)

Dr. Morris teaches Introduction to General Chemistry, and General Chemistry. As of Summer 2019, Dr. Morris is now the Assistant Chair and will be helping Dr. Pak with administrative duties within the Chemistry Department.

Enouri Omar

Enouri Omar

Associate Lecturer

Office: Physical Science Complex 249

(208) 282-4707

Associate Lecturer and Organic Laboratory Coordinator


CHEM 102 Lab – A Laboratory for Organic and Biochemistry
CHEM 303 Lab – Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (Non-Chemistry majors)
CHEM 303 Lab – Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (Chemistry majors)
CHEM 304 Lab – Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (Non-Chemistry majors)
CHEM 304 Lab – Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (Chemistry majors)

CHEM 303 lab for non-chemistry majors will use the same lab manual in both Pocatello and Idaho Falls. Lab manuals will be available in both bookstores (ISU Bookstore and The University Place in Idaho Falls).You must attend the first lab, otherwise you will be dropped From the lab. Also, you must bring your lab manual when you attend the first lab. See the Lab schedule and please read the lab syllabus.


Laboratory Supervisor - Nuri Omar, Room 249, Physical Science, 282-4707
Lab instructors all have boxes in the Chemistry Department Office for leaving messages.
Office hours and study room assignments will be posted for Mr. Omar.

You will need:

  • Chemistry 303-Organic Chemistry Laboratory I - Microscale Experiments (only the current edition is acceptable)
  • Safety goggles, available at the ISU Bookstore or at the University Place Bookstore , "FOR CHEMISTRY LABS," the kind that seal around the edges


If you have a diagnosed disability or believe you have a disability that may require reasonable accommodation on the part of ISU, please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities. You must contact this office and obtain a letter of authorization before any arrangements can be made. "Our program is committed to all students achieving their potential. If you have a disability or think you have a disability (physical, learning disability, hearing, vision, psychiatric) which may need a reasonable accommodation, please contact the ADA Disabilities & Resource Center located in Graveley Hall, Room 123, 282-3599 as early as possible."


Laboratory courses in chemistry of necessity involve the use of chemicals whose toxicity may not be completely understood. Exposure to chemicals in all laboratory courses is kept at a minimum and deemed to be safe when used as intended. The effects of materials used in this course on individuals with special health conditions or on fetal development are less well understood. Therefore such students should contact Mr. Omar after consulting with his/her physician and before enrolling in this laboratory course.


If you are pregnant and you want to take the lab, please obtain a written letter from your doctor. We do not know the effect of some of the chemicals that are used in the labs on the fetus or the baby. However, we strongly advise you to take the lab another time when you are not pregnant.

Course expectations

General Chemistry or the equivalent of Chemistry 111-112 is a prerequisite for this course. It is expected that you understand and possess mastery of concepts such as pH and acid-base chemistry, stoichiometry and unit conversions, ionic reactions, molecular weight, density, mass and volume measurements, balancing equations, theoretical and percent yield calculations and oxidation-reduction, etc. This is an organic laboratory course. As such the focus will be two-fold, beginning with the introduction of typical laboratory skills. This involves performing experimental techniques and understanding the principles and use of instrumental methods, topics which may or may not be discussed in lecture. Following directions written in scientific vocabulary,making observations and recording-keeping are skills which can only be learned by doing. Typical organic reactions which have been or will be discussed in lecture will be performed. An attempt is made to co-ordinate experiments with topics in lecture. Considering that there are different lecture sections with different professors, you should expect either to review a reaction in your text that your section might have already covered or to read ahead in anticipation of a future lecture topic.

You are expected to be on time to lab and to have read assigned material before coming to class. It is expected that a mature respect for the instructor and other students will be shown in the laboratory. Possessing a positive learning attitude will make your lab experience more enjoyable and more rewarding for all concerned. Ask questions! The laboratory setting is less formal than the lecture setting, and thus learning from peers as well as the instructor is encouraged. However, it is expected that each student will be responsible for his/her own work and have a high sense of integrity.


Each week you will keep a record of experimental work in your Experiment Book by using the report sheets included at the end of each experiment. Pre-lab or post-lab questions, for example those at the end of each experiment, may be assigned. Always read the student directions for these assignments and other announcements! The experiments are designed to be completed in the 3 hour lab period, assuming that students are prepared to begin work promptly and to work efficiently.

Some experiments will be performed in pairs with one report to be handed in. In this case, both individuals should be sure that their names appear on the report. Both will receive the same grade. Some experiments will be performed and graded individually. The report conclusion must be typed on a separate piece of paper or you will lose 5 points. Reports will be due at the beginning of the following week lab. A 10% per day late penalty will be assessed for late reports or assignments.

Exam and Quizzes

Unannounced pop quizzes will be given during the first 15 minutes of the lab. There will be no make-ups for late arrivals. Unannounced quizzes will cover the scheduled experiment. Much of laboratory work involves being able to follow directions and learning "hands-on" skills. However understanding the principles behind these directions demonstrates that a student has attained a perspective on the material, so that this knowledge may be applied in a new situation. consequently, exams will not only test specific topics dealt with in the experiments, but will target the application of these principles and laboratory techniques to new but related situations. There will be one comprehensive exam at the end of the semester.


From the ISU Catalog:

A letter grading system is used to describe the instructor's evaluation of a student's performance in each course:

A  = 93-100%
A- = 90-92%
B+ = 87-89%
B  = 84-86%
B- = 81-83%
C+ = 78-80%
C  = 75-77%
C- = 72-74%
D+ = 69-71%
D  = 66-68%
D- = 63-65%
F  < 62%

For Chemistry 303:

Weekly reports = 55% (complete, legible)
Quizzes = 25%
Final Exam = 20%

In order to earn an "A" in lab, excellent experimental work is required as well as a mastery of the concepts involved. Corrections to graded papers must be requested within one week following their return, and a complete regrade will be done at the instructor's discretion. NOTE: Be aware that the grade for this course is separate from the lecture grade. A letter grade is based on the total percentage of weekly reports and quizzes.

Dropping the course

If you decide to drop the course, you must clean your equipment and check out. If you do not do this, you will be assessed a fee by the stockroom.


Laboratory work is a "learning by doing" situation! Consequently, absences are highly discouraged.

If you must miss an experiment because of an emergency (personal or immediate family emergencies only), you are still responsible for understanding the techniques and procedures.

If you know ahead of time that you must miss your lab, you may try to attend another section. One such request per semester, in writing, will be considered by Mr. Omar, if lab space permits.

There will be no make-up lab. If a lab is missed for a valid reason, your grade will be determined on the class average of the experiment you missed. A second missed experiment will result in a "zero." Three absences will result in a failing grade in the course. A missed quiz will be given a zero grade.

Dr. Joshua Pak

Department Chair and Professor

Office: Physical Science Complex 145B

(208) 282-2612

Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (1999)

M.S. in Chemistry, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (1995)

B.A. in Chemistry and English Literature, Whittier College, Whittier, CA (1993)

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Research area: Organic, Organometallic, Materials and Polymer Chemistry

Student experience required for research: First, second and third year chemistry majors or Enrolled in General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry

Student experience gained from research: Organic and organometallic synthetic techniques, NMR, air-sensitive techniques, computational chemistry, mass spectrometry

Ideal preparation for: Polymers, materials, pharmaceuticals, medical research, preparation for graduate school in chemistry and for professional school such as medical, dental and pharmacy schools.

Henricke "Swantje" Quarder

Associate Lecturer

Office: Physical Science Complex 243

(208) 282-3422

M.S. Chemistry, University of Mining and Technology Freiberg, Germany (1993)

Swantje teaches our General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry courses here in Pocatello. She also serves as the General Chemistry Lab Coordinator.

Rene Rodriguez

Dr. René Rodriguez


Office: Physical Science Complex 343

(208) 282-2613

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado – 1981

M.S. Physical Chemistry, University of Minnesota – 1984

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Idaho – 1987

Research area: Plasma Enhanced Thin Film Deposition of Photovoltaic Materials, Spectroscopic, Chromatographic, and Spectrometric Analytical Instrumentation, Vibrational Spectroscopy

Student experience required for research: Chem 1112

Student experience gained from research: Instrumentation Design, electronics, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, Thin film deposition techniques for Semiconductor Materials

Ideal preparation for: Chemical industry, computer chip manufacturing, analytical laboratory, preparation for graduate school in Physical/Analytical Chemistry or for Engineering School

Jeff Rosentreter

Dr. Jeffrey Rosentreter


Office: Physical Science Complex 150C

(208) 282-4281

Ph.D. Environmental/Analytical Chemistry, Colorado State University – 1990

 Student experience required for research: Chem 232 required, Chem 331-332 recommended

Student experience gained from research: Hands-on experience with a wide array of chemical instrumentation, Introduction to Environmental analysis using standard analytical methods.

Ideal preparation for: Getting a job, 1.3% of the American gross national product is spent on chemical analysis, performed by Analytical Chemists. 

Renee Rosentreter

Dr. Renee Rosentreter

Senior Lecturer

Office: Physical Science Complex 152A

(208) 282-4355

B.S. in Chemistry in 1992, Idaho State University

M.S. in Environmental Science / Waste Management in 1995, Idaho State University

Ph.D. in Biopharmaceutical Analysis in 1999, Idaho State University

Postdoctoral teaching associate for the Department of Chemistry at ISU for 5 years prior to her current appointment.

Ph.D. Biopharmaceutical Analysis, Idaho State University – 1999

Renee teaches our Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry courses here in Pocatello.


Dr. Kumari "Kavita" Sharma

Research Assistant Professor

Office: Physical Science Complex 347


Pd.D. Molecular Biotechnology, Konkuk University, South Korea, 2015

M.S. Analytical Chemistry, University of Pune, India, 2007

B.S. Chemistry, University of Pune, India, 2005

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