SMC Department of Physical Sciences
Machuu Picchu, Peru, Winter 2012
Dr. Ethan B. Gallogly
Biography: Dr. Ethan Gallogly joined the SMC team in the Fall of 1999. Ethan was born in a hospital in the Bronx and shares a birthday of 9/11 with approximately 1 out of every 365 Americans (Hey -- back then it was a good day! The start of the TV season... ). He grew up in Long Island and Connecticut and obtained a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology at the University of Connecticut in 1987. Ethan moved to the West coast for graduate school at UC Davis and has made California his home ever since:
"...you can check out anytime you like, but you can never never leave!"
-The Eagles, Hotel California
At Davis Ethan completed a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry under Professor William M. Jackson. His doctoral thesis was on Crossed Molecular Beam studies of Buckminsterfullerene (C60); a complex project involving the design of a novel $200,000 crossed beam machine with a rotating source and quadrupole mass spectrometer detector.
While doing his Ph.D. research Ethan became interested in Asian literature and pursued two years of Chinese studies concurrent with his doctoral work. During this time he lived with an overseas family from Qinghai China who are now his second "adopted" family.
Following his graduation from Davis in '93 Ethan went to Mainland China for two years and worked as a Foreign Expert at the Wuxi Institute of Light Industry and then at Southwest Jiaotong University in Sichuan. There he taught English, Western Culture, Science, and Technology courses and became enamored of hot spicy Sichuan food!
Returning to America in 1995 Ethan worked as a part time Chemistry instructor at UC Davis, Sacramento City College, Ohlone College, and Cal State Hayward.
After a year of excellent teaching reviews he was hired full time as a 3-year lecturer and laboratory coordinator at UC Berkeley. At Cal he developed a new laboratory program, authored two lab manuals, directed a small undergraduate research group studying estrogen mimics, hired and supervised a staff of some 50 TAs for the general chemistry program, and taught lecture sections of chemistry 1A and 1B (the SMC equivalent of chemistry 11 & 12).
In his spare time he also managed to pursue his interest in Asian languages auditing course in: Buddhism, Classical Chinese, and Modern Literature (all in Chinese). He was also a leader for the Sierra Club, the Cal Berkeley Hiking Club (CHAOS) and is an avid backpacker and occasional mountain climber...
"I am always glad to touch the living rock again, and dip my hand in high mountain air..."
Following a successful career at Berkeley Ethan was hired onto the SMC faculty as an Associate Professor in 1999 and has taught Chemistry 10, Chemistry 11, Chemistry 12, and Human Development 20 for Science Majors. In 2005 he became a full tenured professor at Santa Monica College. He has been a member of the SMC academic senate and has also learned some Korean.
Ethan has been dubbed "Dr. Demo" by some of his colleagues and has worked to establish a set of Chemical Education Lecture Demonstrations as a resource to the SMC teaching faculty.
He is also a department pioneer in the area of on-line assignments and has personally coded over 100 new on-line chemistry problems. All of his courses now use the SAPLING online homework system.
In addition to his career, he has traveled extensively in Asia including: Mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Korea! In the summer of 2003 he completed a tour of Europe including: France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands.
"...one of the best parts of working at SMC is that the college encourages you to expand your horizons in many different directions. All the knowledge that one gains in life is seen as complementary to one's teaching skills. The bottom line is that SMC respects teaching, and that is why I'm here!"
He has been known to bike to work and completed the California AIDs ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in June 2000 -- helping to raise 11.25 million dollars for AIDs patients, research, outreach, and education.
He has worked as a co-faculty advisor to the campus chemistry club (come to the meetings Tu @ 11:15 in Sci 155) and worked with several highly-motivated SMC students to develop a working fuel cell, a clean alternative source of energy for the future!
For the past five years Ethan has collaborated on a new edition of a general chemistry textbook with Peter Rock and Don McQuarrie which has now been published!! You can check out the link at: http://mcquarriegeneralchemistry.com/
In 2010 he returned from an SMC-sponsored sabbatical in Chengdu China where studied fuel cell technology worked on proton exchange membranes and platinum catalysts for fuel cells as well as learning about how to split water using sunlight to produce clean hydrogen. His work on catalysis was recently published in the scholarly journal Electrochemistry Communications (reference below).
In the summer of 2011 Ethan worked on an artificial intelligence project applying neural networks to the problem of computer vision at the NASA / CalTech Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) under a grant from CIPAIR. JPL is currently looking for students to do internships in a variety of fields from Artificial Intelligence to Space Exploration to Earth Data Collection from Space. Please feel free to contact Dr. Ethan Gallogly if you are a current or past student interested in getting more information about these NASA/JPL student internships!
In December/January of 2011-2012 Ethan traveled to Peru and the Amazon Rainforest in his first trip to South America. He hopes to return soon!!
This past summer Ethan spent three transformational weeks on Orcus Island in Washington at the Bullock's Permaculture Homestead studying sustainable design, organic agriculture, and many unexpected surprises, and is now a certified graduate of their program. These are skills that can be integrated into both teaching and life beyond college. Please ask me about my experiences there...
If you drop in at Science 283, "Dr. Ethan" would be happy to discuss chemical education, fuel cells, sustainable design, share travel stories, swap Tang poems, discuss the best hotsprings to backpack to in California, or just have a game of "Go" (badook or weiqi) over some nice Taiwanese oolong tea...
General Chemistry, Donald A. McQuarrie, Peter A. Rock, Ethan B. Gallogly, University Science Books, Mill Valley, California, 4th Edition, 2011.
Studies on how to obtain the best catalytic activity of Pt/C catalysts by three reduction routes for methanol electro- oxidation, Jinwei Chen, Chunping Jiang, Xin Yang, Lan Feng, Ethan B. Gallogly, and Ruilin Wang, Electrochemistry Communications, 13 (2011) 314-316.
Fuel Cell Technology for the 21st Century.
SMC Distinguished Scientist Lecture, November 2011.
Demystified, better understanding through chemistry.
SMC Distinguished Scientist Lecture, March 2000 (See also link to my photo page!)
ACS Annual Conference, 2011, Anaheim, CA.
Biannual Conference on Chemical Education, 2000, Ann Arbor, MI. (with the kind support of Santa Monica College and the SMC dept. of Physical Sciences -- thank you!).