Arlen Jeffery

Dr. Arlen Jeffery will serve as assistant professor of chemistry. He graduated from Friends University with Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and chemistry, and he earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Iowa, researching the synthesis of antiviral compounds. In 2002, he was awarded a National Science Foundation-MRI grant to repair the NMR at McMurry University and received a Pacesetter Award for teaching and research. A high-energy teacher, Dr. Jeffery uses the scientific method in the lab and classroom to prepare undergraduate students for the future. In 2011 and 2015, he presented at regional American Chemical Society meetings on advanced techniques in chemical education using microwave energy instead of conventional heating methods. His work in chemical education extends into online homework platforms that provide instant feedback.


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