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Horace S. and May Davidson Isbell Professor
Department Chair

James Girard

Department Chair, Chemistry
Department of Chemistry

  • Dr. James Girard teaches analytical, environmental and forensic chemistry, as well as chemistry for non-science majors. He is the author of a textbook for environmental and chemistry students, Principles of Environmental Chemistry. He is also the author of a textbook for students interested in forensic science, Criminalistics: Forensic Science and Crime.
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Teaching

  • Summer 2014

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • U.S. Department of Energy “Experimental Kinetics and Mechanical Investigations of Hydrocarbon Radicals Relevant to Combustion” (09/2002 - 10/2005)
  • National Institutes of Justice “Development of Y SNP Assays for Multicolor Fluorescence Detection Platform” (01/2002- 12/2003)
  • Department of Education, with Nina Roscher Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Needs, GAANN (08/2000 - 08/2004)

Professional Presentations

  • “Forensic DNA Testing in the USA – CODIS,” Phi Beta Kappa Induction, American University, April 5, 2006
  • “Environmental Testing for Chemical Warfare Agents” American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2005
  • “Forensic DNA Testing in the USA – CODIS” American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2005

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

       
  • Franklin Fellow, US Department of State, 2009-2010
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  • American University Distinguished Scientist Award (1996-1997)
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  • American University CAS Award for Outstanding Teacher (1995-1996)
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  • Washington Academy of Sciences Recipient of the Leo Schubert Award for Outstanding Teaching (1995)
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  • American University Senior Scholar Award (1986-1987)

Selected Publications

       
  • Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism, 2nd, Jones and Barlett Publishers, 2010, ISBN 9780763777319.
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  • Principles of Environmental Chemistry, 2nd, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, Massachusetts, 2009, ISBN  9780763759391
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  • Criminalistics: Forensic Science and Crime, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, Massachusetts, 2008, ISBN 0763735299.
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  • Principles of Environmental Chemistry, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, Massachusetts, 2004, ISBN 0763724718.
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  • Chemistry Fundamentals: An Environmental Perspective, Second Edition, with P.E. Buell, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, Massachusetts, 2003, ISBN 0773710741.
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  • Laboratory Manual for Chemistry Fundamentals: An Environmental Perspective, Second Edition, with P.E. Buell, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, Massachusetts, ISBN 0773712051.

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