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  • Karla Bowers

    Position: Instructor of Chemistry

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3552

    Campus Box: 72037

    BS, Chemistry, Appalachian State University, 1990

    MS, Organic Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1993

    Other experience: Research Assistant, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN

    Joined Carson-Newman in 1994

    I teach Introductory Chemistry for nursing and dietetics, General Chemistry labs, and Senior Seminar in Chemistry. Also, I administer the chemical safety and waste programs for the College.

    I have been at Carson-Newman for 17 years and consider the College community an extension of my home and family.   I like to enjoy some of the natural surroundings of the region through geocaching and I attend a local church in Sevierville.   I appreciated the privilege of having my son enrolled in the preschool (Child Development Lab) here at Carson-Newman in the 2001-2002 school year.


  • Christine Dalton

    Position: Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3258

    Campus Box: 72037

    BA, Chemistry, Carson-Newman College, 1993

    Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2002

    Other experience: GS-07 chemist promoted to GS-09 and GS-11 chemist positions and temporarily detailed to GS-13 supervisory chemist position as Chief and Technical Manager of the Organic Chemistry Toxicology Division for the Department of Laboratory Sciences, USA-Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine-Europe, Landstuhl, Germany

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Research Fellow during graduate career

    Joined Carson Newman in 2003

    I teach the analytical chemistry courses – Quantitative Analysis and Instrumental Analysis along with their associated laboratory courses. I also teach General Chemistry I, General Chemistry I lab, and General Chemistry II for science majors, Excel for Scientists, and Inorganic Chemistry. I am in a consortium of analytical chemists funded by a National Science Foundation grant to develop a new set of curriculum materials for analytical chemistry using Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). I have an active research group with both honors and non-honors students involved in undergraduate research projects ranging from analytical to environmental to inorganic. These students have had the opportunity to present their research findings at local (ACA-Summit), regional (SERMACS), and national chemistry conferences (ACS, Gordon Conference, and ASMS).

    My husband and I grew up in East Tennessee and are alumni of Carson-Newman. After living overseas for 4 years and in other states for 5 years, we were very happy to have the opportunity to return to our East Tennessee heritage and to be back at Carson-Newman. We are active members of a local church (Morningside Baptist of Morristown), and I am the advisor of Kappa Epsilon Mu (Chemistry Club) and co-advisor of the Panathenées chapter of Mortar Board.


  • Paul Martino

    Position: Professor of Chemistry

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3257

    Campus Box: 71992

    Email: pmartino@cn.edu

    BS, Chemistry, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV, 1987

    PhD, Chemistry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1991

    Research Post-doc, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, Duarte, CA

    Other experience: I have been in academia for the past nineteen years serving primarily as a chemistry faculty member while at 2-year institutions (most recently located in Kalispell, Montana for 17-years and the others located in Wisconsin). I have served as both division chair and/or department chair during that time while initiating an active undergraduate research program. I have been the lead PI on two successful National Science Foundation grants.

    Joined Carson-Newman in 2011

    I teach organic, biochemistry, general chemistry with the associated lab courses and have put an emphasis on leading undergraduate research. My research area involves biological mass spectrometry- a field that has greatly magnified over the past twenty years and since my work as a member of one of biological mass spectrometry’s pioneering research groups out of the University of Virginia. I am currently working on developing a new tool for structural biology that involves fast covalent labeling (or “painting”) biological molecules followed by mass spectrometry analysis. Imagine spray-painting a crumpled piece of paper, and then unfolding it and analyzing the pattern of paint… in many cases you can discern how the paper was folded. We are employing a similar strategy to study how biological molecules fold, misfold, bind to targets, and/or change shape.

    My wife along and our seven children are in the process of relocating our home base from Montana (near Glacier National Park) to Eastern Tennessee. We enjoy camping, hiking, and serving the Lord together as we are able. I am an avid fly fisherman and have even split my own cane to construct a few custom flyrods as a hobby. We were active members of our church back in Montana (Easthaven Baptist Church) and are in the process of locating a church home in Tennessee.


  • Kenneth Morton

    Position: Professor of Chemistry

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3259

    Campus Box: 71884

    BS: Chemistry, Mississippi College, 1969

    PhD: Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 1975,

    Postdoctoral: National Center for Toxicological Research, Jefferson Arkansas

    Research Associate: Michigan Cancer Foundation, Detroit Michigan. I have 15 peer-reviewed papers in the field of chemical carcinogenesis.

                              (For full resume, click here.)

    I joined Carson Newman in 1984. I teach Physical Chemistry I and II and the lab for Biochemistry I, but the largest number of students I teach are in 100-level courses: General Chemistry I and II for all science majors, Introductory Chemistry for nursing and dietetics, and Chemistry in Controversy for general education (non-science majors). Over the years I have had a number of students involved in undergraduate research projects ranging from the metabolism of the carcinogen methylene-bis(2-chloroaniline) to poison ivy prevention to the thermodynamics of sublimation of naphthalene (Knudsen cell method). I have other project ideas waiting in the wings for the right students and timing; one of these is analysis of heavy metal content in the sediment in our local creek (Mossy Creek). I have authored several successful equipment proposals on behalf of the chemistry department.

    I have been at Carson-Newman for 25+ years and love the natural beauty of East Tennessee. Several years ago my wife and sons and I embarked on a multi-year process of self-building a passive solar “green” home. I am an active member of a local church (First Baptist) and have co-led CN students on short-term mission trips to Haiti. I have had the privilege of having both of my sons in class here at CN.


  • Truett Patterson , Emeritus

    Position: Adjunct Faculty

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3259

    Campus Box: 71884


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