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Professor of Chemistry
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Professor of Chemistry
"My laboratory uses kinetic, mechanistic, and computational approaches to determine the products formed and the rate constants of reactions of the hydroxyl radical and the chlorine atom with various anthropogenic substances. Of particular interest at this time is the study of fuel additives."
Years at Knox: 1997 to present
Ph.D., 1999, Purdue University.
B.A., 1989, Knox College.
General chemistry, chemistry and environmental policy, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical laboratory principles.
"Creating Opportunities & Access in Science and Technology (COAST)," (with Andrew Mehl and Jennifer Templeton). National Science Foundation Scholarships
in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Grant.
"A Microscale Method to Demonstrate the Belousov-Zhabotinskii Reaction." Baird, Carolyn, Reynolds, Helen B., Crawford, Mary A. Journal of Chemical Education 88.7 (2011): 960-961.
"Study of the Kinetics of an SN 1 Reaction by Conductivity Measurement." Marzluff, Elaine M., Crawford, Mary A., Reynolds, Helen. Journal of Chemical Education 88.11 (2011): 1586-1588.
"Kinetic Study of OH radical reaction with n-heptane and n-hexane at 240-340K using the relative rate/discharge flow/mass spectrometry (RR/DF/MS) technique." Crawford, Mary A., Dang, Bao, Hoang, John, Li, Zhuangjie. International Journal of Chemical Kinetics 43.9 (2011): 489-497.
"Determination of Myoglobin Stability by Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy: Classic and Modern Data Analysis." Mehl, Andy, Crawford, Mary, & Zhang, Lei. Journal of Chemical Education, 2009.
"A Kinetic and Product Study of Chlorine Atom with CH3CH2OD." Co-authored with Z. Li, H. Heuerman, and D. Kinscherff, Int. J. Chem. Kinet 36 (2004): 584.
"Kinetics and Mechanism of the Acetylperoxy + HO2 Reaction." Co-authored with T.J. Wallington, J.J. Szente, M.M. Maricq, and J.S.J. Francisco, Physical Chemistry A 103 (1999): 365.
"Creating Opportunity and Access in Science and Technology," with A. F. Mehl and J. Templeton. Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education (EnFUSE): Research and Practice. Washington, D.C. April 27 - 29, 2016.
Biennial Conference of Chemical Educators, American Chemical Society, Stanford, CA. July 31-August 4, 2016.
"The Contextualization of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction," with Drew Diaz (`14). American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, TX, March 16-20, 2014.
"Transforming Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Education using a Context Rich Pedagogy to Teach Kinetics, Quantum Mechanics, and Spectroscopy," with Elaine Marzluff. American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, TX, March 16-20, 2014.
"Creating opportunities and access in science and technology (COAST): an NSF-S-STEM program at Knox College," Biennial Conference of Chemical Educators, Grand Rapids, MI, August 3-7, 2014.
"Using a Context Rich Pedagogy to Teach Kinetics, Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy," With Elaine Marzluff. Biennial Conference of Chemical Educators, Grand Rapids, MI, August 3-7, 2014.
"The Kinetics of Acetylperoxy=HO2." Department of Chemistry, Jackson State University, 1998.
What Students Say
"Professor Crawford served as my advisor for summer research in chemistry. She pushed me to learn on my own while still offering me insight into her knowledge. I have learned a lot from Mary, and she encourages and cares for her students. Mary has helped make my Knox experience great."
-Christopher Miles, Biochemistry Major