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Jordan Fantini dr. Fantini, Jordan L. Fantini

Jordan Fantini
Associate Professor, Wickenden Chair of Chemistry
Faculty  |  Chemistry & Biochemistry
Ebaugh Laboratories
B.S., Penn State University; Ph.D., Cornell University

Jordan L. Fantini, an organometallic chemist, is interested in the synthesis and characterization of methylene-bridge-substituted calixarenes.  These molecules provide access to new structural motifs in calixarene chemistry.  A methylene-bridge substituent allows for modification of the solubility, conformational rigidity, and conformational preferences of a calixarene in comparison to the unsubstituted species.

Research Keywords: 
Organometallic Chemistry
Research Overview: 
Synthesis and characterization of methylene-bridge-substituted calixarenes. These molecules provide access to new structural motifs in calixarene chemistry. A methylene-bridge substituent allows for modification of the solubility, conformational rigidity, and conformational preferences of a calixarene in comparison to the unsubstituted species.
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Mark FitzPatrick FitzPatrick, Mark J. FitzPatrick

Mark FitzPatrick
Assistant Professor, Head Track and Field Coach
Faculty, Staff  |  Physical Education, Big Red Athletics
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
B.A., Fairfield University; M.S., University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse

Mark FitzPatrick has served as the head men's and women's track and field coach and assistant cross country coach at Denison since the fall of 2010. FitzPatrick came to Denison from Washington & Jefferson where he has spent eight years as the head cross country and track and field coach. A six-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, FitzPatrick led his squads to four PAC championships during his tenure.

In 2011, FitzPatrick led his women’s track and field squad to its third PAC title. The Presidents’ captured nine event titles en route to a 10-point victory over Westminster.  Following the meet FitzPatrick was presented with his sixth Coach of the Year award. At the conclusion of the 2011 season FitzPatrick was named the USTFCCCA Mid-East region women's track and Field Coach of the Year. He also guided the men’s track & field team to their first PAC Championship in 2010, powered by seven event championships.

Prior to accepting the position at Washington & Jefferson he spent three seasons as the head track & field coach at Hiram College. While at Hiram he led the Terriers to their best finish in conference history and coached five individual conference champions. Before taking over at Hiram, FitzPatrick served as the assistant women’s cross country and track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse from 1998-2000 where he coached seven Division III All-Americans and helped the Eagles to three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. FitzPatrick also spent two seasons as the assistant cross country and track and field coach at Allegheny College from 1996-1998, helping train five national qualifiers in cross country and track.

A 1995 graduate of Fairfield (Conn.) with a double major in philosophy and political science, FitzPatrick went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise and sports science from UW-LaCrosse.

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Evelyn Frolking Frolking, Evelyn Frolking

Evelyn Frolking
Faculty  |  English
Barney-Davis Hall

Evelyn Frolking is an instructor teaching a First Year Seminar course. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University. She was head of school at The Welsh Hills School, a private preK – grade 8 day school for 15 years and has taught English and Journalism at the high school level. She writes freelance for newspapers and magazines and is a regular column writer for Broadway + Thresher, a new lifestyle magazine. Her first book, Homegrown: Stories from the Farm, published in February 2013, chronicles the lives of six local food farmers and producers as they enjoy new-found interest in a national movement to shop and eat local.

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Tod Frolking dr. Frolking, Tod A. Frolking

Tod Frolking
Faculty  |  Geosciences, East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies
F.W. Olin Science Hall
B.A., University of New Hampshire; M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

As the sole geographer at Denison, I teach several introductory and regional geography courses designed to spark student interest and broaden understanding of the diversity of environments and human/environment interactions around the world. These courses help to foster geographic (and environmental) literacy which I see as absolutely critical to our future. As human impacts on the planet continue to increase, we must have a citizenry that is knowledgeable and can make sound decisions about land and resource use. I also teach three intermediate to advanced courses concentrating on different groups of earth surface processes - Weather and Climate, Geomorphology, and Hydrogeology. We spend considerable time outside observing and measuring atmospheric, hydrologic and pedologic phenomena as well as computer times using spread sheets and gathering data from the web. All of my classes have a significant environmental focus and most are linked with Denison's Environmental Studies curriculum.

I have led some student trips to Cuba. We have studied both natural history and environmental issues in and around Havana and in the provinces of Pinar del Rio (west), Matanzas (central), and Santiago de Cuba (east). More information about the May Term 2000 trip can be obtained through the Cuba link. 

Research Details: 

In broad terms, my research focuses on the complex interactions among landforms, soils and climate. I study the dynamic environments along the margins of the former great Laurentide ice sheets, with particular emphasis on glacial deposits and the genesis of soils and paleosols. Lately much of my attention has been on the timing of drainage reversals associated with the advance of ice sheets into the Appalachian Plateau in East Central Ohio. In addition, I have conducted collaborative archaeological research at several sites in central Ohio and have worked on the biogeochemical modeling of soil nitrogen. Our discovery of gut contents (with living intestinal bacteria) with the recovery of the Burning Tree Mastodon has added important information about the late glacial environment and megafauna diets. Much of my research has involved students, both as field assistants and in independent senior projects that contribute to my research program. Other student research projects I have advised cover a wide range of topics. Examples of recent student research projects include a presettlement map of Licking County vegetation, the origin and mineralogy of beach sands on Kelley's Island, coastal zone management in southern Sri Lanka, an analysis of lacustrine sediments of Glacial Lake Licking, and an assessment of soil nutrient loading at the Buckeye Egg Farm.

  • Frolking, T.A.. Holocene Hydrology, Soil Development and Landscape Evolution of the Bikeri Vésztö-Mágor Area in the Körös Basin of Eastern Hungary. Submitted for publication in monograph on the Körös Regional Archaeological Project in the Monumental Archaeologica Series, Costen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.
  • Gyucha, A., Duffy, P.R. and Frolking T.A. . The Körös Basin from the Neolithic to the Habsburgs: Linking settlement distributions with pre-regulation hydrology through multiple dataset overlay. In review. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal.
  • Yerkes, R., Sarris, A., Frolking, T., Parkinson, W., Gyucha, A., Hardy, M. and Catanoso, L.. 2007. Geophysical and Geochemical Investigations at Two Early Copper Age Settlements in the Körös River Valley, Southeastern Hungary . Geoarchaeology: An International Journal. v. 22 no. 8 p. 845-871 View [pdf]
  • Frolking, T.A. and M.A. Pachell*. 2006. Glacial Lake Licking: Late-Glacial Drainage Diversions and the Formation of Black Hand Gorge, Licking County, Ohio. Ohio Journal of Science. v. 106 no. 3 p. 103-111 View [pdf]
  • Frolking, S., Frolking, T., Xiao, X., Boles, S. and Milliman, T. . 2005. A generalized methodology for mapping agricultural land use and management at sub-national scales, including a case study of combining census data and remote sensing data to map cropping intensity in Vietnam. Report prepared for Land and Water Division, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations 75 p..
  • Lepper, B.T. and Frolking, T.A.. 2003. Alligator Mound: Geoarchaeological and Iconographical Interpretations of a Late Prehistoric Effigy Mound in Central Ohio. Cambridge Archaological Journal. v. 13 no. 2 p. 147-167 View [pdf]
  • Stam, A. and Frolking, T.A.. 2003. Environmental Status of Cuba: The Cuban View. A course book for Environmental issues of Cuba (Denison May Term) based largely on interviews with Cuban experts (1999-2001), being modified and added to on a continuous basis.
  • Lepper, B.T., and Frolking, T.A.. 2003. Alligator Mound: Geoarchaeological and Iconographical Interpretations of a Late Prehistoric Effigy Mound in Central Ohio. Cambridge Archaelogical Journal. v. 13 no. 2 p. 147-167
  • Frolking, T.A. and Lepper, B.T.. 2001. Geomorphic and pedogenic evidence for bioturbation of artifacts at a multi-component site in Licking County, Ohio, USA. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal. v. 16 no. 3 p. 243-262
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Barbara Fultner dr. Fultner, Barbara Fultner

Barbara Fultner
Professor & Chair (Women's Studies)
Faculty  |  Philosophy, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, Queer Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Neuroscience
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., Simon Fraser University; M.A., McGill University; Ph.D., Northwestern University

Barbara Fultner, Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, joined the faculty at Denison in 1995. She earned a B.A. from Simon Fraser University, an M.A. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She teaches courses in philosophy of language, the history of modern philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of feminism among others. She served as chair of the department from 2004-2008 and is currently the Director of the Women’s Studies Program.

Dr. Fultner was the recipient of a 2008-2009 University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Fellowship, as well as Denison University's R.C. Good Fellowship for 2008-2009. In 2000, she received Denison's Feminist Teaching Award. Most recently, she has been awarded a “New Directions Initiative” grant by the GLCA to pursue yoga teacher training as part of her research on embodiment, practice, and intersubjectivity.

Research Details: 

Dr. Fultner's research interests lie at the cross-roads of analytic and continental philosophy, with a focus on theories of meaning and social practice. She is interested in the nature of normativity and its relationship to the social aspects of language. In her recent work, she has been examining the connections between semantic normativity and the development of inter-subjectivity in early childhood as well as the relationship between convention and creativity in dialogue. She also has strong interests in feminist philosophy. Her articles have appeared in journals including Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and The International Journal of Philosophical Studies and in several edited collections. She is translator of Jürgen Habermas Truth and Justification (MIT Press 2003) and his On the Pragmatics of Social Interaction (MIT Press 2000). She is the editor of Habermas: Key Concepts (Acumen 2011).

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Michael Fuson dr. Fuson, Michael M. Fuson

Michael Fuson
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computational Science
Ebaugh Laboratories
B.A., Haverford College; M.S., Ph.D., Yale University
Research Keywords: 
Physical Chemistry
Research Overview: 
Uses NMR spin relaxation and molecular dynamics simulations to study the internal motions of flexible polymers and peptides in solution. He has mentored 22 student researchers during his career, leading to six publications and 20 presentations with student co-authors. Dr. Fuson is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the 400 MHz Bruker Avance NMR.
Research Details: 

I am interested in internal motion in macromolecules, ranging from synthetic polymers to lipids and peptides. This interest began with my doctoral studies which used NMR spin relaxation to study molecular motion in model biomembranes. Such motions are involved in many of the functional properties of the membranes, such as permeation of small molecules and the interactions of the different membrane components. During my post-doctoral work I began studying the local motions of synthetic polymers in solution. Local motions in polymers are as fast as the motions of small molecules, which is interesting given the huge size of polymer molecules. My own work has focused on characterizing the anisotropy of that motion, with the hope of shedding light on the 3-D details of the motion. I spent the 1995-1996 school year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I became involved in doing computer simulations of the same dynamic processes I had been studying experimentally. Most recently, I have been using both spin relaxation and molecular dynamics simulation to study the internal motion of a small unstructured peptide, leucine enkephalin. It has been exciting to see how experimental and theoretical tools can complement each other in helping to understand molecular motions.

  • M. M. FUSON and J. E. McFarland*. Concentration Dependence of Dipole-Dipole Cross-Correlation Spectral Densities in Polymer Solutions. Journal of Magnetic Resonance.
  • J. L. Fantini, M. M. FUSON, and T. A. Evans. 2006. Popping Popcorn Kernels: Expanding Relevance with Linear Thinking. Journal of Chemical Education. v. 83 p. 414-416
  • M. M. FUSON and M. D. Ediger. 1997. Dynamics of Poly(ethylene oxide) in Solution: 1. Localization of Chain Motion. Macromolecules. v. 30 p. 5704-5713
  • M. M. FUSON, K. H. Hanser* and M. D. Ediger. 1997. Local Dynamics of Poly(ethylene oxide) in Solution: 2. Vector Autocorrelation Functions and Motional Anisotropy. Macromolecules. v. 30 p. 5714-5720
  • M. M. FUSON and B. R. Klei*. 1996. Anisotropy of Local Dynamics of Polyethylene. v. 29 p. 5223-5227
  • M. M. FUSON. Coupled Spin Relaxation in Polymers. Encyclopedia of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, D. M. Grant and R. K. Harris, ed., (John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, 1996) . v. 4 p. 1466-1472

(* signifies undergraduate co-author)

  • M. M. FUSON . 2008. Comparison of Spin Relaxation and Molecular Dynamics Simulation Studies of the Dynamics of Leu5-Enkephalin. 49rd Experimental NMR Conference. Asilomar, CA
  • M. M. FUSON. 2004. Anisotropic Motion in Leu-Enkephalin Studied Using Cross-Correlation Effects in Spin Relaxation. 45rd Experimental NMR Conference. Asilomar, CA
  • M. M. FUSON. 2003. Dynamics Of Rubberlike Polymers In Solution Studied By Coupled Spin Relaxation And Molecular Dynamics Simulations. 44rd Experimental NMR Conference. Savannah, GA
  • M. M. FUSON . 2002. Leu-Enkephalin Dynamics as Studied Using Coupled Spin Relaxation. 43rd Experimental NMR Conference. Asilomar, CA
  • M. M. FUSON. 2001. Dynamics of Isobutylene in Solution Studied by Coupled Spin Relaxation. 42nd Experimental NMR Conference. Orlando, FL
  • M. M. FUSON. 1999. Coupled Spin Relaxation Studies of Polymers in Solution. 31st ACS Central Regional Meeting. Columbus, OH
Student Collaborations: 

Recent Student Presentations

  • Ryan Gingo* and M. M. Fuson. 2006. An Investigation of the Motions of Enkephalins Using NMR Spin Relaxation. 232nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition . San Francisco CA
  • Emily F. Trunkely* and M. M. Fuson. 2004. NMR Spin Relaxation Studies of the Motional Dynamics of Leu-Enkephalin. 227th American Chemical Society National Meeting. San Francisco CA

(* signifies undergraduate co-author)

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