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Osambo, John
John
Osambo
Ph.D.
Lecturer
Tagliatela College of Engineering
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
203-479-4880
BUCK320
Buckman Hall
Biography

    Teaching Experience

    Dr. Osambo joined the department in August 2013. Prior to joining University of New Haven, Dr. Osambo was a visiting chemistry instructor at Colby Sawyer College. He has also been an adjunct Chemistry instructor in Plymouth State University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Worcester State University, Northern Essex Community College and also a visiting instructor at College of The Holy Cross.

    01/2012-08/13  Visiting Assistant Professor of chemistry: Colby-Sawyer College
    Teaching Chemical Principles lectures and labs, preparing course  syllabus, exams, homework, and grading. Advising undergraduate  students.

    02/2010- 05/2012   Adjunct Instructor: Plymouth State University
    Teaching general chemistry lectures and labs, preparing course  syllabus, exams, homework and grading. Advising undergraduate  students.

     09/2011-12/2011   Adjunct instructor: Worcester State University
    Teaching general chemistry lectures and labs. Preparing course syllabus, exams, homeworks and grading, advising undergraduate students.

    09/2010-05/2011   Chemistry Instructor: University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Teaching General Chemistry I and II, Preparing syllabus,  exams and grading. Reviewing text book for the course.

    01/2009-05/2011   Chemistry instructor: Northern Essex Community College
    Teaching lectures and labs in Introductory Chemistry and  Physiological Chemistry, Preparing course syllabus, exams, and grading.

     08/2008-12/2009   Lead Teaching Assistant: University of New Hampshire
    Coordinating and supervising general chemistry lab and tutoring process. Assigning grading and proctoring responsibilities to teaching assistants.

     08/2007-05/2008      Visiting Instructor: College of The Holy Cross
    Teaching General Chemistry and conducting discovery general chemistry labs. Teaching Chemistry and society (none science major) course. Prepared course syllabus for both general chemistry and chemistry and society courses. Prepared and graded homework and exams for both general chemistry and chemistry and society courses

    Summer 2007  Instructor for general chemistry II: University of New Hampshire
    Reporting to Chemistry department chair.  Prepared the course syllabus.  Prepared, moderated, and administered homework, tests, and examinations.  Supervised teaching assistants for general chemistry labs.  Participated in designing of general chemistry labs.  Overseeing the running of general chemistry labs

    Spring 2007   Co-instructor for general chemistry (II) recitation sessions with  Prof. Rudolf Seitz.
    Assigned, and evaluated recitation problems.  Taught recitation classes with instructor.  Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of New  Hampshire.  Conducting General Chemistry recitation session with faculty member.  Taught general Chemistry labs band tutored general Chemistry.  Graded quizzes, homework and examinations.

    2001-2006    Teaching Assistant: University of New Hampshire
    Tutoring general chemistry.  Maintained and tested laboratory instruments in readiness for chemistry  experiments.  Designed experimental procedures, identified and rectified technical  problems in general chemistry labs.  Taught general chemistry labs

    1992-1999High School Chemistry Teacher, Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Nairobi Kenya
    Taught Chemistry, designed, and graded tests, homework, and  examinations, participated in educational conferences and teacher.  Workshops Counseled and advised students on conduct and career  opportunities.

    Research Experience

    Dr. Osambo’s graduate research focused on synthesizing functionalized or smart polymer microspheres for both molecular and transition metal ion recognitions. Developing chemical sensors for analysis of glucose, caffeine, and theophylline. 

    2006-2007: Research Assistant, University of New Hampshire 
    Supervisor: Professor Rudolf W. Seitz
    Synthesized monomers for preparation of polymer microspheres.  Synthesized and characterized molecular imprinted polymer microspheres (MIP) for analysis of caffeine, theophylline, and glucose.  Experience in analytical spectroscopic techniques.

    2001-2006Graduate Research, University of New Hampshire 
    Advisor: Professor Rudolf W. Seitz

    1991-1992: Research Assistant, Muhoroni Sugar Company Ltd. Muhoroni, Kenya
    Separated and purified various brands of spirits by fractional distillation process in industrial scale.

Academic Credentials

    Education

    Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 2009

    Thesis title: “Chemical Sensors Based on Swellable Polymer Microparticles and Molecular Imprinted Polymers”

    Advisor: Professor Rudolf W. Seitz

    Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE),Egerton University, Kisii College campus, Kisii, Kenya, 1999.

    BS. Honors (Chemistry & Mathematics), Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya, 1991

    Publications

    Fluorescent Ratiometric Indicators Based on Cu(II)-Induced Changes in Poly(NIPAM) Microparticle Volume. John Osambo1, W. Rudolf Seitz1, Daniel P. Kennedy1,2, Roy P. Planalp1, Aaron M. Jones2, Randy K. Jackson2, and Shawn Burdette3.  

    Sensors 2013, 13, 1341-1352; doi:10.3390/s130101341

     

    Presentations

    2007-National American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry poster presentation, Boston, MA.

    Awards

    1998     Team Leader of the Year Award, Kenya National Examinations Council, Nairobi, Kenya

    1997     District Level Chemistry Teachers Award, Department of education, Kisii District, Kenya    

    1995      Provincial Science Teachers Award, Department of education, Nyanza Province, Kenya

    1994      Science Project Facilitator Award, Kenya High Schools Science Symposium,

    Affiliations

    American Chemical Society (ACS) 

    New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)