Tricia A. Ferrett
Professor of Chemistry
Director of Carleton's 5th HHMI grant
Director of the Carleton Interdisciplinary Science & Math Initiative (CISMI)
B.A. Chemistry with honors, 1981
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, 1986
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1987-1988
Department of Chemistry
Starting in 1990, Trish and her research students designed and built a vacuum system with a time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer and an electron detector to study the mechanisms of fragmentation in small gaseous molecules like CF2Cl2 and C4F8. These sophisticated multi-dimensional mass spectroscopy experiments use soft X-rays from synchrotron radiation at Brookhaven National Lab and Aladdin in Stoughton, WI to induce molecular fragmentation. Publication from this project is near completion.
New research on student learning in integrative science courses is now underway. Trish is a 2005-2006 Carnegie Scholar. She is currently working on a scholarship of teaching and learning research project that will paint a portrait of student "integrative moves and moments" in a first-year seminar on the transdisciplinary concept of abrupt change in climate and human networks (IDSC 100-01, Fall 2005, Paradigm Shifts: New Views on Abrupt Climate Change). Learn more here:
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