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Dr. Bruce Hathaway

Professor of Chemistry

Phone: (903) 233-3362
Email: BruceHathaway@letu.edu
Office: Glaske O146

Sometimes people are surprised that a scientist can be a Christian, and a Christian can be a scientist: I have received comments both ways. I see part of my role as a person as explaining one to the other. Personally, I don't see a dichotomy with being a Christian and a scientist, since all truth, ultimately, comes from God. Whether truth is discovered by repeated experimentation, developing hypotheses, and testing and retesting them, or from intensive study and prayer, ultimately God designed things to be the way they are.

One of the habits my parents had was a love of reading, and fortunately, they passed that on to me. Below I have listed some books I have found helpful as a Christian and a scientist. I've also listed what I am currently reading (which means I need to update this page periodically), and some quotes I like. If you have any comments or questions, let me know. Thanks!

 


Education

  • Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, Purdue University
  • B.S. in Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin

 Research Interests

  • Synthesis of compounds with medicinal activity
  • Development of organic chemistry laboratory experiments that encourage critical thinking skills

Courses Taught at LeTourneau University (See Fall 2017 Schedule)

  • General Chemistry I and II + Labs
  • Organic Chemistry I and II + Labs
  • Chemistry for Health Sciences
  • Chemical Analysis + Lab
  • Introduction to Research

 

Experience

2010-Present Professor of Chemistry
LeTourneau University
1997-2010 Professor of Chemistry
Southeast Missouri State University
1988-1997 Associate Professor of Chemistry
Southeast Missouri State University
1982-1988 Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Southeast Missouri State University
1980-1982 Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Pomona College

 

Honors

  • Received Tenure at LeTourneau University, 2014
  • Received Post-Professorial Merit, 2003
  • Greek Week Professor of the Year, 2003
  • College of Science and Mathematics Research Award, 2001-2
  • Outstanding Faculty Service Award, 1999
  • NASA-JOVE Research Fellow, 1993-6

Published Books

  • Bruce A. Hathaway, “E-Z Organic Chemistry”, Barrons Educational Series, Inc., Hauppauge, NY, 2011. (This is a revision of the earlier edition of the book.)
  • Bruce. A. Hathaway, “Organic Chemistry, The Easy Way”, Barrons Educational Series, Inc., Hauppauge, NY, 2006.

Recent Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals (Undergraduate student co-authors are underlined)

  • Bruce A. Hathaway*, D. J. Ball and M. K. McAllister, “Investigating Steric Effects in SN2 Substitution Reactions:  Reactions of Acetaminophen with Alkyl Halides.” Chem. Educator 2016, 21, 223–225.
  • B. A. Hathaway and K. M. Villermin, “Reactions of Hydroxy– and Alkoxy–Substituted Benzaldehydes with Sodium Iodide and Bleach in Methanol: A Guided–Inquiry Experiment for the Organic Chemistry Lab.” Chem. Educator 2016, 21, 159–161.
  • B. A. Hathaway and A. I. Mitchell, “Effects on the Endo/Exo Ratio of the Diels-Alder Reaction of Furan with Different N-(Methyl or Dimethylphenyl)maleimides.” Chem. Educator 2016, 21, 155–158.
  • B. A. Hathaway, C. A. D. DeKastle and B. A. Arnett, “Oxidation of Benzaldehydes to Benzoate Esters Using Household Bleach and Sodium Iodide in Alcohol Solvents.”  Synthetic Communications 2014, 44 (5), 660-4.
  • M. R. Bond, B. A. Hathaway and U. J. Kilgore, “4,4’-(4,5-Dimethyl-1,2-phenylene)-bis(2-methylbut-3-yn-2-ol): structural variation in vicinal diols.” Acta Crystallographica Section C 2012, C68, 179-182.
  • Full list of Publications

Papers Presented at Professional Meetings:  (Undergraduate student co-authors are underlined; Presenters are starred)

  • Darby J. Ball*, and Bruce A. Hathaway, “Reactions of Acetaminophen with Alkyl Halides: an Organic Chemistry Lab Experiment to Help Illustrate Steric Effects in SN2 Substitution Reactions.” 2016 Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Galveston, Texas, November 11, 2016.
  • Andrew I. Mitchell*, and Bruce A. Hathaway, “Effects on the Endo/exo Ratio of the Diels-Alder Reaction of Furan with Different N-(Methyl- or Dimethylphenyl)maleimides.” 2016 Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Galveston, Texas, November 11, 2016
  • Karen M. Kubacak*, Bruce A. Hathaway, and Cara L. Case, “Synthesis of Diaminobenzylpyrimidines as Potential Antimicrobial Compounds.” 2014 Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Fort Worth, Texas, November 21, 2014.
  • Rory T. Moffat* and Bruce A. Hathaway, “Diels-Alder Reactions of Anthracene and N-(substituted-phenyl)maleimides Using a Household Microwave Oven.” 2014 Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Fort Worth, Texas, November 21, 2014.
  • Bruce A. Hathaway, “Designing Organic Chemistry Experiments to be More than ‘Make a White Solid’”, Invited presentation at the Chemistry Department at Texas A&M-Commerce, October 10, 2014.
  • Full list of Publications

Some books that have been very helpful to me

Books I'm Currently Reading

Quotes I Like

“Young people, especially young women, often ask me for advice. Here it is, valeat quantum. Do not undertake a scientific career in quest of fame or money. There are easier and better ways to reach them. Undertake it only if nothing else will satisfy you; for nothing else is probably what you will receive.” Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900-1979), astronomer, quoted in “Eurekas and Euphonias: The Oxford Book of Scientific Anecdotes,” by Walter Gratzer, Oxford University Press, 2002, page 293.

"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living."  Henri PoincarĂ©, French mathematician. Taken from "Professors who Believe", edited by Paul M. Anderson, InterVarsity Press, 1998, page 89.

"My professional life is divided between teaching and research (with the inevitable pound of flesh for administration - administrators who have power can do good; administration as it comes to the average faculty member's experience involves no power and centers on paperwork.)" Keith E. Yandell, professor of philosophy, University of Wisconsin, as quoted in "Professors who Believe", edited by Paul M. Anderson, InterVarsity Press, 1998, page 213.

Church

My wife and I worship at Oakland Heights Baptist Church in Longview. We are involved in a shared leadership Sunday School class, and Ruth plays viola in the orchestra during worship on Sunday mornings.

 

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