Castle Group News
July 2012: Mike Cecchini successfully defends his MS thesis!
October 2011: MS student Mike Brignone joins the group.
May 2011: Undergraduate Alex Kowler joins the group.
May 2011: Professor Castle receives the William Pierce Boger Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences!
April 2011: Professor Castle receives summer grant from the Jamie Hendry Sustainable Studies Development Fund!
September 2010: New graduate student Mike Cecchini joins the group.
September 2010: The new laser laboratory is completed in the basement of Rooke.
August 2010: Tara Pedersen receives her MS degree and goes to work for Teach for America!
May 2010: Tara Pedersen, Stephen Ragard, and Jakob Schaeffer receive their BS/BA degrees!
Physical Chemistry II
Introduction to Molecular Spectroscopy
Physical Chemistry for Engineers
Inorganic Chemistry I
General Chemistry I
Seminar in Atmospheric Chemistry
Research in Science Capstone
Undergraduate and Graduate Research
Former Group Members
Michael Cecchini (MS '12)
Tara Pedersen (BS/MS CHEM '10)
Jakob Schaeffer (BA PHYS '10)
Stephen Ragard (BA CHEM/ECON '10)
Darryl Kyle (MA CHEM)
Labe Black (MS CHEM '09)
Tom Vogler (BS BICH '10)
Kristy Brown (BS CHEM '09)
Michael Simione (BS CHEM '09)
Stephanie Rink (BA CHEM/SPAN '09)
Andrea Asimoglou (BS BICH '09)
Andrea Brown (BA CHEM/SPAN '08)
Justin Rhinehart (MS CHEM '08)
Dustin Schroeder (BS EE/PHYS '07)
Kristi Cashman (BS CHEM '06)
Michael Heinrich (BS CHEM '06)
Rebecca Rupp (BS BIO '05)
Carmen Gherghisan (BS BIO '05)
Brian Day (BA CHEM '05)
Katie Kleissas (BS CHEM '04)
Betsy Staudt (BS CHEM '04)
Dr. Karen J. Castle
Associate Professor of Chemistry
317 Rooke Chemistry Building
Lewisburg, PA 17837
For more information on Professor Castle, see this abbreviated CV.
Current Group Members
Left to Right: Alex Kowler (BS CHEM/PHYS '14), Michael Brignone (MS CHEM '13), Tricia Clyde (BS CHEM/MATH '13), and Michael Cecchini (MS CHEM '12)
Our group uses laser spectroscopy to study chemical and physical processes that are important in Earth's upper atmosphere.
For details on our current aeronomy experiments, check out our aeronomy page.
The new laser laboratory was completed in September 2010!
Our work on CO2-O vibrational energy transfer is supported by NASA Geospace Sciences and our work on O3-O vibrational energy transfer is supported by NSF's CEDAR program.
(Bucknell students denoted with a *)
Karen J. Castle, Labe A. Black*, Michael W. Simione*, and James A. Dodd, J. Geophys. Res
117, A04310 (2012)
. “Vibrational Relaxation of CO2(nu2) by O(3P) in the 142-490 K Temperature
Karen J. Castle and Stephanie M. Rink*
J. Chem. Educ. 87, 1360 (2010) “Customized laboratory experience in physical chemistry.”
Karen J. Castle, J. Chem. Educ. 84, 459 (2007). “High-resolution vibration-rotation spectroscopy of CO2: Understanding the Boltzmann Distribution.”
Karen J. Castle, Katherine M. Kleissas*, Justin M. Rhinehart*, Eunsook S. Hwang, and James A. Dodd, J. Geophys. Res. 111, A09303 (2006). “Vibrational relaxation of CO2(nu2) by atomic oxygen.”