James M. Tour, a synthetic organic chemist by training, is presently the Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, and Professor of Materials Science in Rice University's Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. He has over 195 research publications and 16 U.S. patents. Tour was educated at Syracuse University, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin, and Stanford University, in that order. Tour's scientific research areas include molecular electronics, molecular computing, chemical self-assembly, chemical self-replication, conjugated oligomers, electroactive polymers, combinatorial routes to precise oligomers, polymeric sensors, flame retarding polymer additives, carbon nanotube modification, synthesis of molecular motors and nanotrucks, NanoArt, and methods for retarding terrorists' use of chemical weapons of mass destruction. Tour is a co-founder, board member and officer of Molecular Electronics Corporation.
George M. Bodner is the Arthur E. Kelly Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Education at Purdue University. He had made his living by teaching general chemistry to more than 30,000 students since 1972, and is the recipient of the much coveted American Chemical Society's 2003 Pimental Award. Over the years, he has taught organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, and, most recently, a physical chemistry course for students in the life sciences. He joined the faculty at Purdue in 1977 and was one of the founding members of the Division of Chemical Education, the first graduate program in chemical education in the U.S. He has published more than 90 papers and more than 40 books, including five major general chemistry textbooks. He has given more than 450 invited lectures at college and universities, and has been a consultant on the structure of undergraduate chemistry programs at more than a dozen institutions. he has worked with more than 30 students who pursued Ph.D. degrees in chemical education at Purdue.
Eugene Zubarev, an organic/polymer chemist by training, is presently the Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Rice University. He has over 50 research publications and 1 U.S. patent. Zubarev received his bachelor degree in Chemistry from Moscow State University (1993) and Ph.D. from Russian Academy of Sciences (1996). He worked as research associate at the University of Ilinois and Northwestern University before moving to Iowa State University where he spent 3 years as an Assistant Professor of Materials Science. Zubarev’s research focuses on molecular self-assembly, synthesis of macromolecular structure with complex architecture, functionalization of carbon nanotubes, hybrid materials for catalysis, and biomedical applications.
Suzanne Lamminen has thirty years experience producing and directing live productions and video productions in five states. With over 95 different productions to her credit she has directed casts with as many as 200 performers, and specializes in completing a project on time and on or under budget to critical acclaim. In a seven-year stint as a full-time theatre educator in an academic environment, she created a sequential fine arts curriculum (music, theatre, art, and dance) for K-12. A six-year run writing technical manuals for automatic bus, truck, and train wash equipment, and many years researching, writing, and producing historical documentaries, biographies, and training videos gives her an exceptional array of skills. She served as Executive Director of the Oregon Senior Theatre where she conceived and implemented the intergenerational model project, You're Never Too Old or Too Young!, which combined senior performers with K-12 students in joint performances. This project toured Oregon and Washington Schools from 1992 to 2001 offering thousands of students the opportunity to work and perform with seniors as well as impacting audiences of other students, parents, and teachers. She has extensive experience working with K-12 teachers and administrators, directing professional artists, coordinating volunteers, and meeting production deadlines.
Stephanie Chanteau (in her own words) Born in Tahiti in the French Polynesia Islands, my childhood passed at a peaceful rhythm as if it were rocked by the gentle and familiar sound of the breaking waves on the seashore. In my junior year of high school, I moved to Lille in France. After one year, I moved to Lyon to pursue my studies in chemistry and chemical engineering in the Chemistry Physics and Electronics School of Lyon (CPE). In 1999, after four years, like a migratory bird in search of warmer weather, I packed my things again and flew farther south to Houston, Texas. There, I finished my schooling and obtained my French engineer degree. At the same time, I started my graduate studies in organic chemistry at Rice University where I received my doctorate in November, 2003. My hobbies include dancing, sewing, and international travel.