Janet Berthel, Ph.D.

Title: Program Chair
Office Building: Henderson Hall
Floor: 2nd Floor
Room: 212
Phone: 973-290-4151
Email: jberthel@cse.edu

EDUCATION                             

          1988                      Ph.D., Chemistry

                                       Dartmouth College                                 

          1983                      B.S., Chemistry, magna cum laude

                                       Allegheny College

COURSES TAUGHT 

  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Introductory Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Chemistry Independent Study: Synthesis and Mechanism
  • Chemistry Independent Study: Chemical Ecology
  • Chemistry Seminar
  • Bioethics

         

 CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Chemical Ecology: Determining the influence of invasive tree species on fungal abundance in the forest floor
  • Organic Synthesis: Stereoselective prostaglandin synthesis via vinyl carbene-olefin cycloaddition reactions.
  • Approaches to the antibiotic pseudomonic acid C via alkoxide accelerated rearrangements of vinyl oxetanes.
  • Synthesis of antifungal agents via Cope rearrangements of cis-2,3-divinyloxetanes.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATONS

  • Janet Berthel and Kimberley Grant, "The Primary Literature as a Review Tool for Senior Comprehensive Exams", 34th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Binghamton, NY, 2006.
  • Janet Berthel* and Lewis Fikes, "Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution by Student Design", 38th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Hershey, PA, 2006.
  • Michelle Battista*, Janet Berthel and Kimberley Grant, "Processing Techniques of Salmon and the Effects on Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Mercury Concentration", 38th Middle Atlantic Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Hershey, PA, 2006.
  • Janet A. Kaydos and Walter Bowyer, "A Novel Format for Seminar during the Senior Year of the College Chemistry Curriculum", J. Chem. Educ. 1997, 74, 184-185.
  • Janet Kaydos and Li Chen*, "Vinyloxetanes as Synthetic Intermediates: Approaches to Oxocane Ring Systems", 39th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society, University of Rochester, 1994.

                 

RECENT STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Alexa Bogstahl, “Chemical Ecology:  Analysis of Fungal Biomass in Soil Samples”, Academic year research, 2011.
  • Anny Heiro and Bo Chu, “Virtual NMR in the Sophomore Organic Chemistry Laboratory”, Academic year research, 2010.
  • Cassandre Noel, "Peer-Directed Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning", Project conducted in conjunction with the College of Saint Elizabeth Academic Skills Center, 2007.
  • Michelle Silva, "Isolation and Quantification of Fatty Acids in Peanut Butter", Academic year research, 2006.
  • Michelle Battista, "Processing Techniques of Salmon and its Effects on Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Mercury Concentrations",  Academic year research sponsored by Pfizer Phamaceuticals, 2005.
  • Viktoriya Davayeva  and Monica Gutierrez, "Determination of Fungal Biomass in Tomatoes via Measurements of Ergosterol Content", Academic year research, 2005.
  • Aksana Vasilyeva, "Computer Analysis of Phosphofructokinase", Academic year research, 2004.
  • Shruti Parek and Elizabeth Karnas, "Preliminary Investigations into the Determination of Ergosterol Levels in Tomato Products", Academic year research, 2003.
  • Celeste O'Connel, "Vinyloxetanes as Synthetic Intermediates", Academic year research, 1995.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • American Chemical Society