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Erik Olson

Erik Olson Professor of Chemistry
Office: Baker-Hebron 201
Phone: 563-425-5220
Email: olsone@uiu.edu

"Teaching is my passion. I love working at Upper Iowa because of its small class sizes and the relationships I can build with students as their professor or advisor. The chemistry program at Upper Iowa combines knowledge from both foundational and advanced courses and opportunities for research with current practice to equip students for today's world. Previous chemistry majors at Upper Iowa have enjoyed excellent success in obtaining admission to graduate or professional schools upon graduation."

Education

B.A. in Chemistry: Juniata College (1987)
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry: Dartmouth College (1993)
Postdoctoral work: University of Notre Dame (1993-94)

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 140 Chemistry for Everyday Life
  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 310 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 320 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 431 Heterocyclic Chemistry
  • CHEM 471 Molecular Spectroscopy

Professional affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • Organic Chemistry Division of American Chemical Society
  • Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges
  • American Association of University Professors
  • Juniata College Alumni Career Team

Professional Service

Editorial Board of the on-line organic chemistry journal Arkivoc 

Professional Interests

  • Organic synthesis
  • Organic reaction mechanisms
  • Synthetic methodology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

Publications

  • "O-2,4-Dinitrophenylhydroxylamine." Miller, M. J.; Bellettini, J. T.; Olson, E. R.; Teng, M.Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, Paquette, L., editor-in-chief, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1995.
  • "Restricted Nitrogen Inversion in N-Methylpolyhalobenz-7-azanorbornadienes. 1H Dynamic NMR Studies and Molecular Conformation Trapping." Bushweller, C. H.; Brown, J. H.;
  • DiMeglio, C. M.; Gribble, G. W.; Eaton, J. T.; LeHoullier, C. S.; Olson, E. R. J. Org. Chem.,1995, 60, 268-271.
  • "Stereodynamics of 1-t-butyl-8-fluoronaphthalene. Restricted t-butyl rotation about an sp3-sp2 carbon-carbon bond. An unusually high barrier to isolated methyl rotation. Through-space spin-spin coupling to fluorine." Gribble, G. W.; Olson, E. R.; Brown, J. H.; Bushweller, C. H. J. Org. Chem., 58, 1993, 1631.
  • "Syntheses and Diels-Alder cycloaddition reactions of 4H-furo[3,4-b]indoles. A regiospecific Diels-Alder synthesis of ellipticine." Gribble, G. W.; Keavy, D. J.; Davis, D. A.; Saulnier, M. G.; Pelcman, B.; Barden, T. C.; Sibi, M. K.; Olson, E. R.; BelBruno, J. J. J. Org. Chem., 57,1992, 5878.
  • "Fluorine deshielding in the proximity of a methyl group. An experimental and theoretical study." Gribble, G. W.; Keavy, D. J.; Olson, E. R.; Rae, I. D.; Staffa, A.; Herr, T. E.; Ferraro, M. B.; Contreras, R. H. Magn. Reson. Chem., 29, 1991, 422.

Grants Received

  • R. J. McElroy Trust/Iowa College Foundation Student-Faculty Research Grant, 2000.

Professional Conferences, Meetings, and Workshops

  • 59th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges, "Energy," Beloit, Wisconsin, October 21-22, 2011
  • 58th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges, "Chemistry on the Fringe," Decorah, Iowa, October 15-16, 2010
  • 56th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges, "Molecular Visualizations," Dubuque, Iowa, October 17-18, 2008
  • 55th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges, "Chemistry at the Interface of Biology," LaCrosse, Wisconsin, October 19-20, 2007
  • National Science Foundation National Dissemination Workshop, "New Approaches and Techniques for Teaching Science: Addressing Environmental Problems to Stimulate Undergraduate Learning," Ashland, Wisconsin, July 13-17, 2005
  • 52nd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges, "Green Chemistry," Dubuque, Iowa, October 15-16, 2004
  • National Science Foundation Grant Proposal Planning Workshop, Cedar Falls, Iowa, July 28-30, 2004
  • Spring Meeting of the Iowa Conference of the American Association of University Professors, "Academic Freedom in Time of Crisis," Cedar Falls, Iowa, March 27, 2004
  • Fall Meeting of the Iowa Conference of the American Association of University Professors, Waverly, Iowa, September 29, 2001
  • Poster Session for R. J. McElroy Trust/Iowa College Foundation Student-Faculty Research Grant Awardees, Waverly, Iowa, May, 2001
  • 46th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges, "Chemistry in the New Millenium: Making the Transition," Waverly, Iowa, October 23-24, 1998
  • 31st Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, "Great Chemistry on a Great Lake," Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 31-June 3, 1998
  • 41st Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 18, 1998
  • Iowa Section of the American Chemical Society, Monthly Meeting, "Free Radicals on the Attack, Antioxidants to the Rescue," by Dr. Joe A. Vinson (University of Scranton), Cedar Falls, Iowa, September 23, 1997
  • 40th Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society, Winona, Minnesota, April 26, 1997
  • Iowa Section of the American Chemical Society, Monthly Meeting, "21st Century Fortune Telling: The Coming Age of Genetic Testing," by Dr. Bruce E. Kimmel (Lawrence Berkeley National Labs), Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 31, 1997
  • Chautauqua Short Course for College Teachers (sponsored by National Science Foundation), "Chemistry for Non-science Majors: The American Chemical Society's New Curriculum -- Chemistry in Context," Memphis, Tennessee, June 2-4, 1996
  • Spring Meeting of the Iowa Conference of the American Association of University Professors, Decorah, Iowa, April 13, 1996
  • 34th Biennial National Organic Symposium, Williamsburg, Virginia, June 11-15, 1995
  • 28th Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, "Chemistry on the Big River," LaCrosse, Wisconsin, June 5-8, 1995
  • 10th Annual Ames/Iowa Sections of the American Chemical Society Joint Meeting, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, April 8, 1995
  • University of Iowa Chemistry Colloquium, "New Approaches to Bicyclic Lactams," by Dr. Jeffrey Aube (University of Kansas), Iowa City, Iowa, March 3, 1995

Community involvement

  • Harmony, MN Lions Club
  • Harmony, MN Planning and Zoning Committee, Member
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