April D. Hennis Marchetti

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Background

I was born in King George County, Virginia, and attended the King George public school system. I obtained my BS in Chemistry from Randolph-Macon College in 1997. From there, I traveled to Penn State University in State College, PA, where I obtained my Ph.D. degree in 2001 under the guidance of Dr. Ayusman Sen. I returned to Randolph-Macon College in the summer of 2001 as a faculty member.

Teaching

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Instrumental Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Crime
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry

Research Interests

My research interests lie mainly in the fields of polymers and forensic science. I am especially interested in the synthesis of polymeric materials with interesting physical and chemical properties (such as polynorbornenes and polyacrylates), and the synthesis of the monomers which are the building blocks of these polymers. Recently, I have also become interested in using analytical techniques such as NMR to to determine microstructures of various polymeric materials, as well as to determine adulteration of consumer products.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  1. “Development of a Novel Program to Recruit, Train, and Retain Hispanic Women in STEM Disciplines,” April D. Hennis Marchetti and Robert Patterson, Abstract #15927, NSTA 2017 STEM Forum & Expo, July 2017.
  2. “Camino a la Ciencia: A Program Designed to Recruit, Retain, and Train Hispanic Women in STEM Disciplines,” April D. Hennis Marchetti, Rebecca R. H. Michelsen, and Robert Patterson, INCLUDES PI Conference, January 2017. 
  3. “A New NOYCE Teacher Preparation Program at Randolph-Macon College: Training Physics Teachers at a Liberal Arts Institution” Rachele Dominguez, Diana Yesbeck, April Marchetti, and Traci Stevens.  PhysTEC (Physics Teacher Education Coalition) conference, March 2016. 
  4. “The Human Machine: Elementary Edition” Haley Russ, Samantha Davis, Adwoa Bamfo, Madisen Wise,  Erika Carson, April Marchetti, and Susan Parker.   eMedia Virginia, (emediava.org) 2015.  Web and Print
  5. “The effect of curricular restructuring and the implementation of the "flipped classroom" method on student engagement, outcomes, and retention in Quantitative Chemical Analysis.” April Marchetti. Current Issues in Teaching Analytical Chemistry (#38), International Chemistry Conference of the Pacific Basin Societies, December 2015.
  6. “Determination of the botanical origin of single-source honey samples and detection of adulteration with HFCS using SNIF (2D) NMR techniques” April D. Hennis MarchettiAgrichemistry, Environmental, and Geochemistry. International Chemistry Conference of the Pacific Basin Societies, December 2015.
  7.  “The Flipped Classroom and iPads in the Classroom” April D. Hennis Marchetti.   Randolph-Macon Education Department “Tech Talk” (invited), December 10th, 2013.
  8. “Intro to College Chemistry: A novel iPad-based introductory chemistry course designed for both majors and non-majors” April D. Hennis Marchetti.  Oral Presentation.  Division of Chemical Education, 244th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2013.
  9. “Intro to College Chemistry: A novel iPad-based introductory chemistry course designed for both majors and non-majors” April D. Hennis Marchetti .  Poster Presentation.  SCIMIX, 244th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2013.