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About Dr. Gillmore

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A native of the "rural" western part of NJ, the son of an accountant and a K-12 art teacher turned stay-at-home mom, Jason Gillmore grew up just outside Clinton, NJ. He graduated from Union Township elementary school and North Hunterdon High School. The latter is across the street from Exxon's corporate research facility, and Jason quickly realized a passion for chemistry inspired by an excellent high school teacher as well as chemistry's prevalence in his community.

After taking organic chemistry as a freshman at Virginia Tech (which he chose for its strong programs in both chemistry and chemical engineering, the latter of which ultimately required too little chemistry and too much computer programming at the time), Jason became convinced that this was his sub-discipline of choice. After a variety of undergraduate research experiences, Jason became ensconced in the group of Prof. Jim Tanko, a physical organic chemist that assuaged Jason's fear of "PChem" by stating "geniuses all become physicists; those that come close are physical chemists; meanwhile those mere mortals of us who think that stuff is pretty cool in a mostly qualitative sense are physical organic chemists." After completing his BS in 3.5 years, intending to pursue a PhD in organic synthesis prior to returning to the pharmaceutical or chemical industry of his native NJ, Gillmore stayed on for an MS in the Tanko group at Virginia Tech investigating single electron transfer mechanisms in Grignard reactions. It was during this time Gillmore was persuaded to instead pursue his doctorate in Physical Organic chemistry with ambitions of an academic career.

Thus Gillmore joined Prof. Joe Dinnocenzo's group at the University of Rochester Department of Chemistry and Center for Photoinduced Charge Transfer where he worked in collaboration with Prof. Tom Brown in the Optics department as well as renowned photochemist Dr. Samir Farid and polymer chemist Dr. Doug Robello at Kodak studying PICT-initiated cation radical isomerizations in polymeric media for photoresponsive plastics applications including volume holographic data storage and wave-guides. An opportunity to mentor an undergraduate researcher during this time convinced Gillmore of his desire for a faculty career at a research-intensive undergraduate institution. Participation in Jack Kampmeier's fledgling efforts at bringing Peer Led Team Learning to the organic curriculum at Rochester led to Gillmore's own interests in this constructivist pedagogy. After completing his PhD in 2003, Dr. Gillmore pursued a short NIH postdoctoral traineeship in the labs of Prof. Ned Porter at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Chemistry and Center in Molecular Toxicology where he studied linoleate-derived free radical clocks for studying the kinetics of lipid autoxidation.

Professor Gillmore has been at Hope College since Fall 2004 where he teaches primarily in the organic course sequence and conducts research with undergraduate collaborators in synthetic and mechanistic organic photochemistry funded by the National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, and the Dreyfus foundation. In the spring 2010 he was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor.

 

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