About the Authors - 7th edition

Authors of Chemistry in Context, 7th Edition

Pictured (L-R): Anne Bentley, Steven Keller, Karen Anderson, and Cathy Middlecamp
Not Pictured: Michael Cann and Jamie Ellis

Catherine Middlecamp, Editor-in-Chief

Cathy Middlecamp has a joint appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is director of the chemistry department’s Chemistry Learning Center and program chair for the Integrated Liberal Studies Program, where she also teaches a course on radioactivity, people, and the planet. Middlecamp has used Chemistry in Context for general chemistry courses since 1997. She has received several awards from the university in recognition of her excellence in teaching and scholarship.

ACS has also recognized Middlecamp for her commitment to education and the chemical profession. They include:

A member of the American Chemical Society for 30 years, Middlecamp has served as program chair of the Division of Chemical Education from 2005 to 2007.

Outside of her ACS and university activities, Middlecamp was named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She also has been a senior associate for the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Project (SENCER) since it began in 2000.

Middlecamp did her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded a Danforth Fellowship to earn her doctorate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.

She practiced the martial art of aikido for 20 years and enjoys hiking, biking, and generally any way to spend time out-of-doors.

Steven W. Keller

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Steve Keller received his bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1986. His graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley focused on the synthesis and characterization of high temperature superconductors and novel cuprate magnets. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin and Pennsylvania State University investigating artificial photosynthetic systems for water splitting before joining the faculty at the University of Missouri in 1995. Keller was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 2000.

At Mizzou, he has taught the non-majors chemistry course, both semesters of general chemistry, sophomore- and senior-level inorganic chemistry, the department’s writing intensive, professional skills course, and several graduate Topics courses. He has also developed two first-year courses for the Honors College; one in the history of science and one exploring the interrelationship of science and politics. He is also active around campus, advising several student organizations including the club soccer team, women’s field hockey, Tiger’s Lair and Zou Crew, and the Global Medical Brigade at MU.

The main research focus of Steve’s group is the design and construction of novel porous coordination polymers; extended solids synthesized by connecting coordination complexes together in one-, two- or three-dimensions. These materials possess some unique optical and ion-exchange properties making them potentially useful for various environmental applications. Keller has received several awards, including a National Science Foundation Career Award (1998), the Provost's Outstanding Junior Faulty Teaching Award (1999), the Excellence in Education Award from the Division of Student Affairs (2002) and the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching (2003).

Keller’s spare time is spent with his wife Amanda learning what it means to be parents to 7-month Lindsay Grace, playing and watching soccer (he is the cousin of Kasey Keller, goalkeeper for Seattle Sounders FC), and discovering more connections between chemistry and NASCAR (thanks, Carl!).

Karen Anderson

Information coming soon.

Anne Bentley

Anne Bentley is an assistant professor of chemistry at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, where she teaches general, inorganic, nanomaterials, and environmental chemistry. In the research lab, she and her students develop thin film metal oxide materials embedded with gold and silver nanoparticles to be used in energy storage. Her research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dreyfus Foundation, Murdock Charitable Trust, and W. M. Keck Foundation.

Bentley earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Oberlin College and then taught high school chemistry and physics in rural Namibia as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she investigated the synthesis and alignment of alloy nanowires formed via electrodeposition.

Bentley carried out postdoctoral research at Purdue University as an NSF Discovery Corps fellow studying the use of cyanobacteria to enhance the photogeneration of hydrogen and developing curricular materials for the Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education.

Michael Cann

Michael Cann is Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director of Environmental Science at the University of Scranton. His research interests include microwave-assisted reactions in ionic liquids and conversion of by-products from biodiesel production into value-added products. At Scranton, he enjoys teaching environmental chemistry, chemistry for non-science majors, and organic chemistry for graduate and undergraduate courses.

Since 1995, much of Cann’s professional life has been permeated with green chemistry and the broader issues of sustainability. In 1996, he began blending green chemistry into his courses using the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. In 2000, Cann led a team of six faculty members in a project to infuse green chemistry across the curriculum at Scranton. To include sustainability across the entire Scranton curriculum, he initiated and continues to co-facilitate a workshop on sustainability.

Cann’s work in green chemistry and sustainability has been recognized with several awards, including the Pennsylvania Governor Award for Environmental Excellence and the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI) Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemical Education. He has also received teaching awards from Scranton and in 2011, he was appointed to CEI.

In addition to Chemistry in Context, Cann is the co-author of three books: Environmental Chemistry, Real-World Cases in Green Chemistry, one of the first educational materials in green chemistry, and Real-World Cases in Green Chemistry, Volume II. He is also the book series editor for Sustainability: Contributions through Science and Technology.

Originally from the Saratoga region of upstate New York , Cann attended Marist College where he earned his BA in chemistry in 1969. He received his masters and Ph.D. degrees in organic chemistry in 1972 and 1973, respectively, from Stony Brook University.  

Cann enjoys the outdoors, especially kayaking, hiking, and cross-country skiing.

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis is currently exploring the biophysics of protein folding and interactions as a postdoctoral researcher at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. In her undergraduate coursework and research at the University of California at Berkeley, she focused on organic chemistry with some hints of molecular biology. During her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, she continued in organic chemistry, combined with physical chemistry and molecular biology, to examine more fundamental, biological questions, particularly the behavior of nascent proteins.

In her academic career, Ellis also enjoyed a variety of opportunities to teach chemistry—from guest lectures for kindergarteners to discussions of graduate-level biophysical chemistry. She especially enjoyed lecturing a single-semester chemistry course for liberal arts students. She loves the challenge of teaching diverse topics to a diverse audience. As a post-doctorate, she remains active in chemistry outreach in order to continue prodding people into questioning the world around them.

Ellis looks forward to a position that combines opportunities to teach to a broad spectrum of individuals and continue her interdisciplinary research. She is an active member of the American Chemical Society and the Association for Women in Science. In her free time, Ellis enjoys writing, spending time outdoors, and creating a small variety of visually-mesmerizing crafts.