Sheila R. Smith
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, with tenure
Chemistry Concentration Co-Advisor

curriculum vita

Leadership Council, IONiC

B.S. North Carolina State University, 1992

Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1997

Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Amherst College,1997-1998

Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Michigan State University, 1998-2001

Research Interests: Bioinorganic Chemistry.

NOx reduction by Siderophore Complexes.

Copper Binding to Riboflavin Binding Protein.

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Studies of Copper and Iron in Biological Systems.

Phone: (313) 583-6399
Lab Phone: (313) 436-9121
Fax:     (313) 593-4937 
Office:  111 ASC
Lab: Modular Unit

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In 2014-2015, Sheila Smith published two papers in the Journal of Chemical Education focused on the current state of Inorganic Chemistry in the US.  These papers were based on a nation-wide survey of over 500 inorganic chemists from a wide range of institutions and backgrounds.  These papers were recognized as ACS Editor's Choice papers in March 2015.  A third paper has been accepted for revision by the ACS journal Inorganic Chemistry.

She co-organized, with Chip Nataro (Lafayette College), a symposium at the 249th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society entitled Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry at which she also presented her collaborative work with Dr. Marilee Benore and several UMDearborn undergraduates.

She continues to serve on the Leadership Council of IONiC (Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists), and contributed 10 Learning Objects (non- peer reviewed teaching resources shared with the inorganic community) to the web-based repository VIPEr (Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource). IONiC is an NSF TUES funded Community of Practice (CoP).

She is in her third year of service as an elected member (Alternate councilor for the Division of Inorganic Chemistry) of the American Chemical Society Council.

She has served on the last two ACS Exams Institute Inorganic Exam committees and has just been appointed to the ACS DUCK (Diagnostic of Undergraduate Chemical Knowledge) Commitee for 2016.  She also continues to serve as a national Advanced Placement Exam grader, and contributes to editing several Inorganic and General Chemistry Textbooks.