Southern Nevada Section

Local Section Meeting October 2013


On Teaching Chemistry Well

Thursday, October 17, 2013

College of Southern Nevada


Speaker: Dr. Nivaldo Tro 

Abstract: Most people can recall several teachers that made a significant impact on their lives.  What sets these teachers apart from the others?  In this talk, Professor Tro will discuss the principles and mechanics of teaching well in General Chemistry.  He will also take a few minutes towards the end of this talk to present the new features of the new edition of his best selling General Chemistry textbook, Chemistry: A molecular Approach.

Biographical:  Dr. Nivaldo Tro has been a professor of chemistry at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA since 1990.  He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University for work on developing and using optical techniques to study the adsorption and desorption of molecules to and from surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum.  He then went on to U. Cal. Berkeley where he did postdoctoral research on ultrafast reaction dynamics in solution.  At Westmont he has been awarded grants from the ACS Petroleum Research Fund and Research Corporation as well as from the National Science Foundation.  He has been honored as Westmont's outstanding teacher of the year three times and has also received the college's outstanding researcher of the year award.  Dr. Tro is active I chemical education and has published several best selling chemistry textbooks including Chemistry: A Molecular Approach; Principles of Chemistry: and Introductory Chemistry.  A custom Edition of his Introductory Chemistry Essentials is currently used at all campuses of CSN for its Preparatory Chemistry Course.


  Dr. Jeanette Van Emon and Dr. Nevaldo Tro