Dr. Glendora Carter
Professor of Chemistry
B.S., 1967, Biology, Texas Woman’s University
M.S., 1976, Chemistry, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Ph.D., 1997, Biochemistry, Meharry Medical College
Office: Meyer S-33
One of my research interests involves computational chemistry and the development of new theories, algorithms that has over the last several decades led to the emergence of computational chemistry as an essential tool in all areas of chemical research. There has been a parallel growth in understanding in the chemistry. Theoretical advances in complexity, dynamical systems, and uncertainty, coupled with advances in modeling and in computational methods have helped the chemists put ideas into action. This has enabled expansion in the use of chemistry beyond the traditional fields. As this expansion has taken hold, the life sciences and other fields are posing new kinds of questions for the chemists, stimulating further the growth of chemical sciences. The goal of the undergraduate research in computational chemistry is to enhance undergraduate education and training to better prepare undergraduate chemistry students to pursue graduate study and careers in fields of chemistry. Projects focus on research that provide students with exposure to contemporary chemistry, addresses modern research tools and methods, and involve students in areas that strengthen the research and education capacity, infrastructure, and culture of the institution. Student research projects involve timely problems in medical imaging (cardiovascular system); and advanced work in systems dynamics, i.e. drug discovery. To this end, the students gain insights and develop skills for active computational research experience to apply initiative and creativity in developing statistical and computing approaches to scientific problems.
A further component in my work is an environmental and technology project. This work grew out of the conviction that the Chemistry Department has a responsibility to prepare students to respond to the grave threats posed to natural ecosystems by patterns of human development. Human activities are causing large-scale changes in the Earth system. At the same time, advances in scientific understanding, Earth system modeling, and computational and observational technology hold the promise of an exciting new era for Earth system discovery and understanding. This work extends into aspects of the search for the kinase cascade(s) pathway(s) involved in/or associated with the sulfonation of environmental estrogens. I am currently serving as instructor of organic and physical chemistry, in addition to teaching Biochemistry and Physical Science courses.