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John W. Moore
Professor of Chemistry

His colleagues describe him as prolific, innovative, an outstanding educator, a mentor and a leader. Chemistry Professor John Moore's students praise his personal, energetic and engaging teaching style.

Moore excels at motivating students and encouraging a learning environment. "Although I was sitting in a lecture hall with over 300 people, the class seemed as personal and interactive as a class of 20 people," says one student.

Moore's excellence in teaching also stems from the "extras," says a colleague. He presents information via multimedia, incorporates chemical demonstrations into every lecture, and develops CDs for students so that they have relevant, up-to-date chemical software resources and tools.

His influence on chemistry education doesn't end in the classroom. As head of the chemistry department's general chemistry program, Moore has transformed both the laboratory courses, which emphasize experiments that enable students to discover chemical principles, and the way they are taught. He modeled new teaching methods and mentored faculty on how to teach large freshman lecture courses that actively involve students. And he developed a training program that transfers these approaches to teaching assistants.

Nationally, Moore is director of the Institute for Chemical Education and editor of the Journal of Chemical Education, for which publication he developed the Journal of Chemical Education-Software, which publishes peer-reviewed instructional software. He was principal investigator on a multi-university, $3.6 million NSF initiative to bring active learning methods to the chemistry curriculum and is co-author of one of the most successful general-chemistry textbooks, Chemistry: The Molecular Science. In 1982 he founded Project SERAPHIM, which collects, evaluates and distributes educational software throughout the country. At present, he heads an NSF-sponsored initiative to create a national science library for access to web-based instructional materials.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Chemical Society, National Science Teachers Association, and Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, among others.