Patrice Bell

Dr. Patrice Bell

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Biography

Dr. Patrice Bell joined the GGC chemistry faculty in 2007 after completing a one year visiting professorship at her undergraduate alma mater, Agnes Scott College. In 2003, Bell earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue University with a concentration in physical chemistry. She was then selected as the Camille and Henry Dreyfus postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology in earth and atmospheric sciences. 

Bell has taught college courses in several areas of chemistry—introductory (majors, allied health, non-majors), physical science, food, environmental, inorganic, materials and physical as well as conducted undergraduate research projects. Research topics include water electrolysis cell as an alternative fuel course, ultraviolet radiation exposure of a polymeric material using commercial sunscreens, laser spectroscopy (fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy). She has served on numerous committees (such as Institutional Review Board, Student Integrity Board, Title IX Panelist and the Chemistry Major Task Force) and held many distinctive leadership roles within her discipline. 

Her extensive curriculum work on the Chemistry Major Task Force aided with the Board of Regents approval of the chemistry major at GGC in 2014. As a result of her varied accomplishments, she earned a promotion to associate professor of chemistry in August 2014. She is currently chemistry chair of studies over the term 2018-2021.

Education

  • Doctorate – chemistry – Purdue University
  • Bachelor’s – chemistry, math minor – Agnes Scott College

Academic Interests

  • Undergraduate science course curriculum development & laboratory experiment preparation based on select themes (nanotechnology, food chemistry, environmental chemistry)
  • Chemical education 
  • Alternative fuel sources 
  • Atmospheric chemistry 
  • Photochemistry
  • Experimental physical chemistry
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Gas phase & condensed phase kinetics
  • Multiphoton absorption spectroscopy
  • Photoionization
  • Ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy

Publications

  • Bell, P., Johnson, C.D., Pursell, D. The Story of a Diverse Chemistry Faculty at a Public College, Diverse Magazine, July 2017, p 33.
  • Bell,P. Design of a Food Chemistry Themed Course for Non-Science Majors. J. Chem. Educ., 2014, 91, 10,1631-1636.
  • Bell, P.; Sauder, D.; Paredes, J. Using Etching, Electroplating and Lithography as a Laboratory Sequence in Chemistry of Art and Nanotechnology Themed Physical Science Courses. Journal of Laboratory Chemical Education, 2013, 1, 3, 49-53. 

Presentations

  • Bell, P., Johnson, C.D., Pursell, D.P., Achieving Faculty Diversity: Strategic and Intentional, Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Abstract ID 2825187, November 2017, Charlotte, NC. 
  • Bell, P., Pursell, D.P., Johnson, C. D. Achieving Faculty Diversity Strategic and Intentional, Association of American Colleges & University 2017 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Voices Leading Change, Jacksonville, FL, March 16-18, 2017; Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL; CS34. 
  • Bell, P., Pursell, D.P. Attaining Chemistry Faculty Diversity: A Case Study at a Public, Four-Year Liberal Arts College, 250th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Boston, MA, August 16-20, 2015; American Chemical Society: Washington, D.C., 2016; CHED 467.
  • Bell, P., Pursell, D.P. Attaining Chemistry Faculty Diversity: A Case Study at a Public, Four-Year Liberal Arts College, 41st National Meeting of the ChemEd Biennial Conference, July 28 – August 1, 2015, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA; CP07.
  • Bell, P. Design of a food chemistry-themed course for nonscience majors. Abstracts of Papers, 66th Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Nashville, TN, October 16-19, 2014; SERMACS-577.
  • Bell, P., Paredes, J.E.; Sauder, D.G. Engaging non-science majors in nanotechnology and art laboratory classes through etching, electroplating and lithography of copper. Abstracts of Papers, 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Dallas, TX, March 16-20, 2014; American Chemical Society: Washington, D.C., 2014; CHED 224.
  • Bell, P. Food chemistry themed physical science course and laboratory experiments for non-science majors. Abstracts of Papers, 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, March 25-29, 2012; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2012; CHED 1642.
  • Bell, P.; Sauder, D. Analysis of Chemistry Attitudes and Experiences Questionnaire and Research Experience Surveys at a New Four-Year Institution. Phase Two Findings. Abstracts, 61st Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 21-24, 2009; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2009; SERM 160. [Submitted and accepted abstract, did not attend conference due to budget reasons]
  • Bell, P.; Sauder, D. Analysis of Chemistry Attitudes and Experiences Questionnaire and Research Experience Surveys at a New Four-Year Institution. Abstracts, 60th Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Nashville, TN, November 12-15, 2008; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2008; SERM 446.

Student Research Presentations

  • Hays, C.; Smith, E.; Erickson, K.; Bell, P. Chemical Kinetics of an Oscillating System via the Belousov-Zhabotinski Reaction. GGC CREATE Spring 2018 Oral Presentation. Associated with CHEM 4202K (Physical Chemistry II).
  • Munna, D. Anfuso, C.; Bell, P. The Study of Absorption, Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy Techniques in Physical Chemistry. GGC CREATE Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 Oral Presentation, GGC STARS Spring 2018 Poster Presentation. Associated with STEC 4500.
  • Mazlout, T.; Bell, P. Ultraviolet radiation exposure study of a Select Polymeric Material using Commercial Sunscreens. Abstracts of Papers, 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, March 25-29, 2012; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2012; CHED 1387.
  • Napier, A.; Bell, P. Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopic Study of Copper (II) Glutamate Complex, Gwinnett School of Math, Science & Technology High School Annual Science Fair, Lawrenceville, GA, December 2010.
  • Miller, M.; Bell, P. Optimization of a Water Electrolysis Cell as an Alternative Fuel Source, 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Francisco, CA; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2010. (Student failed to complete research project; abstract was accepted to national meeting.)

Distinctions

  • GGC Service Award – 10 years of service – May 2018
  • Outstanding Teaching Award nominee – 2018
  • Outstanding Service Award nominee – 2017
  • GGC Top Claw Award – 2016
  • GGC Service Award – 5 years of service – April 2016
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation – Environmental Chemistry postdoctoral fellow – 2003
  • Atmospheric Chemistry Consortium of Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS) finalist selected by project managers at National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – 2002
  • GEM (Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science) DuPont fellow – 1998