Terry Morocco, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - ChemistryPh.D., Washington State University
M.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Saint Vincent College
Inside and Outside the Classroom: Engaging Students — Setting High Academic Expectations
Terry Morocco structures his chemistry classes around lab-based learning. He refers to his introduction to chemistry classes as "chemistry boot camp" where the first three quarters of the semester focus on techniques and instrument use and the remaining one quarter is spent on a specific class project.
His classroom projects take on an analytical approach. Some of his students are measuring phosphorous levels in soft drinks while others are traveling around campus measuring the copper and lead levels in campus drinking fountains.
Projects like these have been met by students with a great deal of enthusiasm. After students complete the scientific thought process, they present their findings to the class. Terry believes these kinds of student-centered projects teach his students to think on their feet and prepare them for success in their science-related careers after UMF.
A True Academic — Areas of Special Interest
Terry is passionate about passing on the value of higher education to his students. He relates to his students by sharing his own story on how education has changed his life and strives to give his students the confidence they need in order to achieve great things in graduate school or their chosen career.
Terry's areas of expertise include
electroanalytical chemistry, spectroscopy and chemical education.
Outside of Academia — Personal Interests and Activities
Outside of work at UMF, Terry enjoys the active outdoor lifestyle and somehow manages to find time to hike and camp whenever he's not fixing up his old house in neighboring Wilton, Maine.
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