Dr. Goll joined the faculty of Edgewood College in 2001. He is a Wisconsin native, originally from Sheboygan Falls. After a seventeen year exile, he returned to Wisconsin and now resides with his wife Judy in Verona. Once again, Dr. Goll can enjoy the food of his people.
Dr. Goll received his B.S. degree from Carroll University majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics and minoring in Physics. He then obtained his Ph.D. from Iowa State University of Science and Technology in Inorganic Chemistry under the direction of Dr. L. Keith Woo. Dr. Woo is currently Professor of Chemistry and Associate Chair at Iowa State University.
Dr. Goll's chemical genealogy
After completing his doctorate, Dr. Goll spent two years first at North Carolina State University then at the University of North Carolina with Dr. H. Holden Thorp as a postdoctoral scientist. Dr. Thorp is currently Professor of Chemistry and Chancellor of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Goll continued his postdoctoral career for two additional years at the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Dr. Michael J. Therien. Dr. Therien was the Alan G. MacDiarmid Professor of Chemistry at University of Pennsylvania. This endowed chair was named in honor of Nobel Laureate, Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid. Dr. Therien is currently Professor of Chemistry at Duke University. Dr. Goll spent one year at Mercer University in Georgia as a visiting professor and five years at Glenville State College in West Virginia as a professor before coming to Edgewood College. From the fall semester of 2006 to the spring semester of 2009, Dr. Goll served as department chair.
Dr. Goll regularly teaches General Chemistry I, Chemistry 120, and General Chemistry II, Chemistry 121, and Inorganic Chemistry I, Chemistry 371, and Inorganic Chemistry II, Chemistry 471. He teaches courses in Edgewood College’s COR program. Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Chemistry 200 is a COR 2 course and Ethics and Responsibility in Scientific Research, Chemistry 400 is a COR 3 course. Dr. Goll in his career has taught courses in Biochemistry, Chemistry Seminar, Analytical, Physical, and Organic Chemistry.
Dr. Goll has been active in incorporating Green Chemistry into the chemistry curriculum. In 2012, he was invited to submit a laboratory to the Greener Educational Materials for Chemistry website and give a talk at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego, CA . The laboratory submission was titled Identifying Solution Using Physical and Chemical Properties and the talk was titled Green Chemistry in General Chemistry and COR at Edgewood College.
Dr. Goll has made several other presentations on his work on Green Chemistry. He presented "Incorporating Green Chemistry at Edgewood College" during the 21st Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Denton, TX in 2010. Dr. Goll, chemistry lab manager Julie Haebig, and four students were authors on a presentation selected for Sci-Mix at the 237th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Salt Lake City, March 2009. Dr. Goll presented work on Green Chemistry in October 2009 at the National Science Teachers Association meeting held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Goll and his students presented the incorporation of Green Chemistry into the Human Issues program at Edgewood College at the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges Conference in Appleton, Wisconsin, in October of 2005 and presented at the 19th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in July of 2006.
Dr. Goll's educational interests include using TV and movies in the classroom. He has made several presentations, published papers, and been interviewed in this area.
In 2012 Dr. Goll was invited to contribute to a book American Chemical Society symposium series book titled Hollywood Chemistry: When Science Meets Entertainment. The chapter Dr. Goll contributed, published in 2013, was titled, "Using Space Program from Mercury to Apollo as Portrayed in the Movies The Right Stuff and Apollo 13 and the Miniseries From the Earth to the Moon as a Teaching Tool."
Dr. Goll hosted a symposium at the 22nd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, at State College, PA in August of 2012. Dr. Goll and his student, Gabrielle Grimes presented "Teaching Chemistry Using Television, Movies, and Novels."
Recently Dr. Goll was published in Chem13 News in an article titled"Enhanced Understanding of Chemical Concepts Through the Use of Analogies". He gave a presentation at the STEM conference hosted by UW-Baraboo in May 2009 and a presentation during the ChemEd 2009 conference hosted by Radford University in August 2009 on using movies, television, comics, novels, and analogies as aids to teach chemistry.
Dr. Goll's most recent paper titled "Teaching Chemistry Using October Sky" with students authors Lindsay Wilkinson and Delores Snell was a featured article in the February 2009 Earth Week volume of theJournal of Chemical Education. The paper was based on the movieOctober Sky and the novel Rocket Boys. A poster was presented at the 20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education hosted by Indiana University.
Dr. Goll also published "Teaching Chemistry Using the Girls with Yellow Hands" with student authors Tarah Nytes and Jenifer Ley in The Chemical Educator. The paper is based on an episode of The PBS series The Great War. It was the inspiration for a Human Issues project for Dr. Goll and students Tarah Nytes and Jenifer Ley, "The Girls with Yellow Hands." The results of this project were presented at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Conference in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in November of 2005 and at the Council of Undergraduate Research Conference in Greencastle, Indiana, in June of 2006.
Dr. Goll, Tarah Nytes, and Jenifer Ley at graduation in May of 2006. They worked on the Human Issues project "The Girls with Yellow Hands."
Dr Goll was interviewed for the Spring 2006 issue of Chemistry, an American Chemical Society publication, in an article titled "Chemistry on Television."
Dr. Goll organized a symposium titled Teaching Chemistry Using Popular Media as well as preparing a talk summarizing his experiences using popular media to teach chemistry. Dr. Goll also presided over the symposium entitled, Novel Ideas in Inorganic Chemistry – Lecture and Laboratory.
He has previously published papers in the Journal of Chemical Educationwith student B. J. Woods, titled "Teaching Chemistry Using the Movie Apollo 13," and with Edgewood student Stacie Mundinger titled,"Teaching Chemistry Using From the Earth to the Moon." The later article was the cover story for an issue of the Journal of Chemical Education. Dr. Goll was invited to write an article that resulted in a publication in the journal ScienceScope coauthored with Dr. Amy Schiebel and Jenifer L. Ley, an Edgewood College student, titled"Teaching Science Using the Movie Apollo 13."
Stacie Mundinger and Dr. James G. Goll
Chemistry Professional Affiliations
- Chemistry and Popular Media Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, State College, PA, July 2012
- Advances in Teaching Inorganic Chemistry and Teaching through Different Lenses. Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges Conference, Decorah, IA October 2010.
- Teaching Chemistry Using Movies, Novels, Television, Comics, and Analogies&ndahs;ChemEd 2009 Conference August 2009.
- Advances in Teaching Inorganic Chemistry Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges Conference, Dubuque, IA October 2008.
- Teaching Chemistry Using Popular Media—20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education July 2008.
- Novel Ideas in Inorganic Chemistry – Lecture and Laboratory—20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education July 2008.
- The Pro and Cons of a Natural Science Division Structure. Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges Conference, LaCrosse, WI October 2007.
Recent Service Activities
- Secretary for Faculty Association
- Professional Development Committee—Chair
- Coordinator Faculty Colloquium, 2012-2013 with Sayeeda Mamoon, 2013-2014 with Annette Hemmings
- Athletic Advisory Committee—Chair
- Exploration of the Natural World and Analysis of Human Behavior and Social Structure Domain Subcommittee—Chair
- COR Domain Subcommittee
- Oral Communications Cornerstone Subcommittee
- Associate Dean of Students Search Committee
- Coach and Athletics Director Search and Interview Committees
- Tenure track Physics Search Committee—Chair
- Chemistry Program Review—Chair
- Student Issues
- Adjunct Faculty Policy Committee
- Physics Adjunct Faculty Search Committee
- Faculty Athletics Representative Standing Committee
- Athletic Advisory Committee
- Associate Dean of Students Search Committee
- Coach Interview Committee
- Secretary for Faculty Association
Dr. Goll and Jenifer Ley with manuscript published in the journal ScienceScope
Dr. Goll presented a paper on the Use and Misuse of Chemistry in Movies and Television in a symposium during the Division of Chemical Education section of the American Chemical Society meeting in Las Vegas. Dr. Goll was interviewed by Chemical and Engineering Newsconcerning this work. (Read Dr. Goll's interview)
Dr. Goll also serves as a reader for the Advanced Placement Chemistry Examination. Dr. Goll's unique talent was acknowledged during the reading.
Dr. Goll has developed a series of laboratory exercises using porphyrins and metalloporphyrin throughout the chemistry curriculum. This also incorporates Dr. Goll's research interests into the chemistry curriculum. He presented a poster at the 18th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in July of 2004. The meeting was hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Dr. Goll served on the organizing committee for this meeting. He has also commenced a series of Human Issues projects that investigate the incorporation of Green Chemistry into the curriculum. Dr. Goll and his students presented the incorporation of Green Chemistry into the Human Issues program at Edgewood College at the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges Conference in Appleton, Wisconsin, in October of 2005 and presented at the 19th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in July of 2006.
Dr. Goll is also involved in K-16 science activities. During National Chemistry Week, he presents demonstration shows for the Edgewood Campus School. He also gave a talk with Dr. Louise Stracener highlighting the K-16 collaborations at the Edgewood Schools at the 18th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.
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