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Interview with Vasantha Narasimhan

Interview with Vasantha Narasimhan

Vasantha Narasimhan (2015)

Interview with V. Narashimhan (2015)

Vasantha Narasimhan joined the Skidmore faculty in 1980 to offer courses in organic and biochemical chemistry.  She introduced the importance of hands-on undergraduate research and began Skidmore students’ participation in the regional American Chemical Society undergraduate research presentations.  She chaired the Pre-Medical Committee from 1980 - 2006.  In this interview she discusses how, during the presidency of David Porter, there was encouragement of science and the interdisciplinary nature of the sciences.   The tenure of President Phil Glotzbach brought increased support for start-up funds to help bring talented new research faculty to Skidmore and add more advanced courses in the sciences like the polymer chemistry course.  She chaired the Chemistry/Physics Department from 2002-until her retirement in 2006. 
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