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“There exists a passion for comprehension…Without this passion, there would be neither mathematics, nor natural science.” -A. Einstein.

About my work:  I facilitate student learning in introductory chemistry courses, and I teach/coordinate the phsyical chemistry component of MegaLab. Witnessing the talent and the perseverance of UGA students is a great privilege.

Education:  Ph.D.  from Emory University 

                     Postdoc from University of Minnesota

General-chemistry teaching approaches:  I teach both large and small classes. I am partial to adopting modern metodologies in the classroom (flipped-classroomcooperative active-learning approaches that rely on peer learning assistants to disseminate). The strategies I use tend to vary with topic and with classes taught. Technology plays an important role. 

Digital platforms, currently or previously implemented in my classes:

TopHat (textbook + in-class response system), MindTap from Cengage (textbook), WebAssign (computer exams), TurningPoint Technologies (in-class response system), McGraw-Hill Connect (textbook), Perceptiv (writing)

Digital tools for teaching that I am currently curious about: Perusall.

Other related experience:  I am a computational Ph.D. chemist by training, skilled at using several Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation packages and analysis/visualization tools in research with undergraduate students. I am able to script in Perl, Python, and Matlab. I also have some coding experience in Fortran and C++.  

Education Research, Published Articles:


Traditional Research, Published Articles:

1. A. West and J.T. Kindt, “Effects of defects on shear stress relaxation in self-assembled protein networks.” Soft Matter 8, 2895-2906, (2012).   doi: 10.1039/C2SM06500B

2. A. West, K. Ma, J. L. Chung, and J. T. Kindt , “Simulation studies of structure and line tension of lipid bilayer edges: effects of tail structure and force-field.”J. Phys. Chem. A., 117 (32), 7114-23, (2013).doi: 10.1021/jp400371k

3. W. Zheng , Y. Liu,. A.West,. K. Yehl , E. Schuler, J. T. Kindt,  S. Salaita. “Quantum Dots Encapsulated within Phospholipid Membranes: Phase-Dependent Structure, Photostability, and Site-Selective Functionalization.” JACS, 136 (5), 1992–1999,(2014). doi: 10.1021/ja411339f

4. A. West and J.T. Kindt, “On the relationship between plateau modulus and shear relaxation time in transient networks.” Macro. Theo. Simul., 24(3), 208-217,(2015). doi: 10.1002/mats.201400093

5.  A. West, A. Braun, B. Brummel, E. Rhoades, J. Sachs, “Membrane remodeling and mechanics: Experiments and simulations of a-synuclein”.  BBA Biomembranes, S0005-2736(16)30098-0, (2016). doi: 10.1016/j.bbamem.2016.03.012  

6. R. Hennig, A. West, M. Debus, M. Saur, J. Sachs, J. Markl, D. Schneider, “The IM30/Vipp1 C-terminus associates with the lipid bilayer and modulates membrane fusion.” BBA-Bioenergetics, 1858 (2), 126-136 (2017). doi10.1016/j.bbabio.2016.11.004

© Ana West 2017