Expert Speaker  

Vince LaVallo (University of California, Riverside)

Vince teaches general and inorganic chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of California. He enjoys mentoring high school, undergraduate and graduate student in structure/bonding, Main/group organometallic chemistry and Materials Science related to batteries. Vince is particularly interested in teaching and research involving the synthesis and exploitation of compounds derived for polyhedral borane and carborane clusters. Vince completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and his PhD in Chemistry at UC-Riverside in 2008. He is currently a full professor in the department of chemistry at UC-Riverside. Outside of chemistry he is an avid fly fisherman and is obsessed with growing/breeding subtropical fruiting plants.

Workshop Organizers  

Nancy Williams (she/her, Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges))

Nancy has been teaching at the Keck Science Department of the Claremont Colleges since an impulse job acceptance in 2003. While she has taught the Advanced Lab in Chemistry and Organic Chemistry in the past, her colleagues have encouraged her to teach things to which she is better suited, such as Inorganic Chemistry, General Chemistry, and foundational humanities courses. Her research is on the bond making and breaking of C-H and C-C bonds at platinum centers, with a particular current focus on pyridonate pincer complexes and tentative forays into computational chemistry. Nancy sings frequently, and is occasionally allowed to do so in the company of others, such as in the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.

Chantal Stieber (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)

Chantal has been teaching at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) since 2015. She generally teaches advanced undergraduate and Master’s inorganic chemistry courses and chemical communication courses. Some of the special topics she has taught include computational inorganic chemistry (using the ORCA program) and bioinorganic chemistry. Her main research focus is in synthesis, spectroscopy, and computations of metal nitrosyl complexes and she mentors undergraduate and Master’s students in research. She particularly likes bringing research into the classroom in areas of crystallography, computational chemistry, EPR, and synchrotron spectroscopy. She also plays French horn in the Cal Poly Pomona orchestra and enjoys commuting to work by bicycle.

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Hilary Eppley (DePauw University)

Hilary is a founding member of IONiC VIPEr and has been teaching at DePauw University since 1999. She teaches first year and advanced level inorganic courses and directs undergraduate research on inorganic reactions in ionic liquids. She also teaches a grant writing course for undergraduates applying for nationally competitive fellowships and a First Year Seminar course on the chemistry of art. She is currently finishing up a sabbatical at the Indianapolis Museum of Art where she is investigating the conservation properties of phosphorescent pigments. On the IONiC VIPEr leadership team, she helps to keep the website running and is helping to reach out to new audiences. She is an avid trail runner and has completed multiple ultramarathons including her first 100 mile race in 2020.


Kari Stone (Lewis University)

Dr. Kari L. Stone is an associate professor of chemistry at Lewis University where she teaches biochemistry courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Stone is also a member of the leadership council of IONiC VIPEr since 2020. She received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2008 under the direction of Michael T. Green in the field of bioinorganic chemistry. After receiving her Ph.D., she transitioned into synthetic inorganic chemistry at the University of California-Irvine as a postdoctoral associate with Andrew S. Borovik. Dr. Stone has been teaching in higher education since 2009 maintaining an active research program with undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests involve greener alternatives to synthetic processes where she focuses particularly on biocatalysis and drug discovery. You can find more information on her research interests here: