About the Author

Dr. Barbara van Kuiken is a full professor of chemistry at Southern Virginia University, a teaching institution where the focus is on providing excellent instruction to the students.  She has taught organic chemistry for 22 years and was twice nominated as Teacher of the Year for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She earned her Ph.D from the University of Cincinnati, and holds an endowed chair (Kaye and Michael Elton Professor of Chemistry) at Southern Virginia University.  She is a member of The American Chemical Society.

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