Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Utah, 1978
B.S.with majors in Chemistry & Mathematics, SUNY at Albany, 1973

Courses Regularly Taught:

I am currently (as of the Spring of 2013) retired, but I anticipate teaching the occasional course as needed in the department.  The courses that I regularly in the years before my retirement are:

  • Chem 101: General Chemistry I
  • Chem 102: General Chemistry II
  • Chem 155: Environmental Chemistry
  • Chem 301/302: Physical Chemistry


My research interests are in the areas of chemical kinetics and environmental analytical chemistry. I am interested in the methods of analyzing water samples for the environmental assessment of bodies of water. One aspect of my most recent work has been the analysis of algae containing water samples for chlorophyll-a. This work was done while on sabbatical at the Kansas Biological Survey.  I broadened my expertise in the area of environmental analysis during my last sabaticalat the limnology lab at Iowa State University.



S.H. Wang, D.G. Huggins, J. deNoyelles and W.S. Kolln, “An Analysis of the Trophic State of Clinton Reservoir” Journal of Lake and Reservoir Management 15(3):239-250, 1999.



There have been three constants throughout my life, the outdoors, science and math, and sports. In high school terms, I was and in some ways still am the “smart jock”.

I grew up in Kingston, NY, which is in the Hudson River Valley about 90 miles north of New York City, with my parents and my younger sister Nancy. As a family we went skiing in the winter and golfing in the summer. We also would go camping and fishing on nearby lakes. The annual summer vacation was usually camping at the seashore on Cape Cod. In high school I was on the varsity golf and basketball teams and managed to graduate 10th in my class of about 700 students.

I went off to college about 50 miles north at SUNY Albany where I was a double major in Mathematics and Chemistry and a member of the Alpha Pi Alpha fraternity. I again played varsity golf and basketball and in my senior year won the Chancellors Award as the Scholar Athlete of the Year in the SUNY Athletic Conference.

Graduate school in chemistry at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City was next. Between, skiing, golfing and hiking in the mountains I managed to spend enough time in the lab doing gas phase kinetics experiments to be the co-author of three papers and get my Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.

Following graduate school I spend a year doing research at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and two years teaching general chemistry at Miami University in Oxford Ohio. At Miami U. I also served as the general chemistry coordinator and learned a lot about different experiments for beginning chemistry.

I came to Simpson in the fall of 1981 and retired in the Spring of 2013 after 32 years of teaching various chemistry and physics courses. In addition to my regular teaching duties I have done a variety of things. I have been the Chair for the Department of Chemistry and Physics for most of the past 20 years. In the 80’s, I served as the Women’s Golf coach for five years during which the team finished as high as 2nd in the conference and made the National Tournament once. I have taken sabbatical leaves at the University of Texas, the University of Kansas, and Iowa State University. At Kansas and ISU I did environmental analytical chemistry research on water quality analysis methods.

For many years I went on Ski trips to Colorado or Minnesota and played both recreational league and intramural basketball, but now my aging body confines my athletic activities to golf. I served 4 terms as the Indianola Country Club President and live in a town home overlooking the 10th green with my significant other, Mathematics Professor Murphy Waggoner.


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