Marty St. Clair
Professor of Chemistry
Associate Dean of Faculty
B.S. in chemistry and environmental studies, Butler University
Ph.D. in chemistry, California Institute of Technology
What classes are you currently teaching?
My administrative job is half-time, so I teach three courses per year. I'm currently teaching Analytical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
What activities or campus organizations are you actively involved with?
I'm the co-coordinator for our Environmental Science program, and I work very closely with the Sustainability Task Force. As Associate Dean of Faculty, I deal with a variety of issues such as retention, new faculty orientation, and grants for the college.
What makes Coe stand out from other schools?
Coe offers remarkable opportunities for students in a very unassuming atmosphere. Students from other institutions do research in the sciences at Coe during the summer, and they often comment that the research opportunities and instrumentation available here far exceed that of their home institutions.
What research or projects are you currently working on with Coe students?
My research is in the area of environmental chemistry. Most of my work with students involves studying the factors affecting surface water quality in eastern Iowa streams. We focus on nutrients in small streams that feed into the Cedar River, as well as evaluating potential remediation techniques for nutrients such as wetlands and biofilters. I also collaborate with a University of Iowa engineering professor in studying the chemistry of nanoparticles of iron oxide in the environment.
What is your favorite website?
I'm a news junkie, so I'm constantly checking the New York Times website during the day.
Who is playing on your iPod?
U2, Dave Matthews, Emmy Lou Harris
What book are you currently reading?
I just finished Walter Moseley's The Long Fall - great book. After hearing it quoted by a speaker recently, I also re-read Marilynne Robinson's Gilead.
What do you enjoy doing outside of class?
Spend time with my family, read, putter around our old house, and walk our dog.
What advice would you give a prospective student?
Take advantage of the opportunities that Coe offers you - even if they make you a bit uncomfortable. Study abroad, do research with a faculty member, take a course you were always afraid of in high school (you can take it pass/fail!), try an internship. My most memorable students have been the ones who took advantage of opportunities and put them together to create an ideal education for themselves.