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Rainer Ernst GLASER
Dipl.-Chem., M.S., Ph.D.

Department of Chemistry
University of Missouri-Columbia
601 South College Avenue
Columbia, Missouri 65211
Tel.: (573) 882-0331
Fax: (573) 882-2754


Birth Date June 18, 1957. Freudenstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
Parents Ernst and Johanna Glaser
Family Julia Chang, married August 22, 1996.
Kayla Glaser, born October 7, 1997, in Columbia, Missouri.
James Glaser, born August 12, 2001, in Columbia, Missouri.
Nationality German with U.S. Permanent Residency.
Interests Reading, Astronomy, Cognition, Travel, Badminton, Swimming.
Languages Bilingual in German (native) and English. Read French and some Spanish.

Chemistry of and in Anisotropic Media.
Organic, Theoretical, and Materials Chemistry. Chemistry Education.
1. DNA Base Deamination and Cross-Link Formation.
2. Polar Order in Crystalline Organic Molecular Materials.
3. Chemistry in Interstellar and Intergalactic Media.
4. Nucleophilic Additions to Heterocumulenes.
5. Electronic Structure Theory: Potential Energy Surfaces and Dynamics.
6. Chemistry is in the News: Chemistry and Society.

2003- Full Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri-Columbia.
1995-2003 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri-Columbia.
1989-95 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri-Columbia.
1987-89 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Yale University.
Adviser: Professor Kenneth B. Wiberg.

1984-87 Ph.D. Program, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley.
Adviser: Professor Andrew Streitwieser, Jr. (Chemical Geneology)
1983-84 Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany.
September 18, 1984: Chemistry Diplom ("sehr gut" in IC, OC & PC)
1982-83 University of California, Berkeley, College of Chemistry and
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL), Molecular and Materials Research Division.
Adviser: Professor Andrew Streitwieser, Jr.
Master of Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1983.
1977-82 Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany.
October 23, 1980: Chemistry Vordiplom ("sehr gut").
March 30, 1979: Physics Zwischenprüfung ("sehr gut").
1976-77 Military Service, Deutsche Bundeswehr
1967-76 Kepler-Gymnasium, Freudenstadt, Germany.
March 12, 1976: Abitur with highest honors and Chemistry Prize.

"Independence, originality, truthfulness, dissent." Guided by these value concepts, we are studying topics in organic and bio-organic chemistry and materials science with modern theoretical methods and in combination with laboratory experimentation. Several projects are pursued in collaboration with groups elsewhere in the US, in Europe and in Japan creating opportunities for student exchanges. The interdisciplinary approach to pertinent problems exposes students to a broad spectrum of diverse techniques and provides a unique preparation for careers in modern research areas positioned at the interphases between the classical disciplines.

"Teaching enables autodidactic behaviour." This is the premise of my activities in teaching and education and it applies equally to the major being prepared to conduct research as it applies to every student trying to achieve scientific literacy to succeed in a world driven by science and technology. I have integrated computer-mediated communication, collaborative learning and peer review into my courses (see
Teaching) including large lecture undergraduate courses. These pedagogical strategies are being employed primarily to advance the learning of "structure and function" and of "chemistry in its societal context." I am contributing to the development of educational materials as author and consultant (see Consulting).

The main outcome are students with advanced technical skills, higher-level cognitive skills, expanded perspectives, and more choices. Tangible outcomes of the educational activities include 1
patent, 2 books, 114 publications, and 10 dissertations. The research results also have been communicated in 32 invited presentations at conferences (in US), 73 invited lectures in departmental colloquia and seminars (in US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan), 94 contributed lectures, and 85 posters, video & internet presentations. I am contributing to the development of educational materials as author and consultant (see Consulting) and these activities have resulted in another 8 publications online and/or in CD ROM format. Research from the Glaser group has been cited 920 times by 12/28/03.

National Institutes of Health (NIGMS), National Science Foundation (DUE), Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society (G, AC, SE), The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, NATO Collaborative Research Grant (2), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, MU Research Council (7), MU International Travel, UM Research Board (3), MU PRIME Fund (5), UM Institute for Instructional Development.

Boards of Reviewers for 41 Journals and 11 Granting Agencies
Advisory Board,
Journal of Organic Chemistry, 1998 - 2002

Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, since 1980.
Liebig-Vereinigung für Organische Chemie, since 1995.
Wöhler-Vereinigung für Anorganische Chemie, since 1995.
American Chemical Society, since 1982.
University of Missouri ACS Local Section, 1995-7, Secretary-Treasurer.
Division of Organic Chemistry, since 1982.
Division of Physical Chemistry, since 1993.
Theoretical Chemistry Subdivision, since 1993.
Division of Chemical Toxicology, since 2001.
Division of Chemical Education, since 2001.
American Association for the Advancement of Science, since 1988.
American Association of University Professors, since 1989.
World Association of Theoretically Oriented Chemists, WATOC, since 1997.
Alpha Chi Sigma, since 1991.
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, since 1990.
Council for Undergraduate Research, since 1992.

1. Abitur with highest honors, Kepler-Gymnasium, Freudenstadt, 1976.
2. Dr. Kober Chemistry Award, Kepler-Gymnasium, Freudenstadt, 1976.
3. Bruce H. Mahan Memorial Teaching Award 1982-3, Univ. of California, Berkeley.
4. Bruce H. Mahan Memorial Teaching Award 1984-5, Univ. of California, Berkeley.
5. Outstanding Teacher Award, Beta Theta Pi, 1992-3, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia.
6. Outstanding Greek Faculty Award, 1997, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia.
MU Best of the Web Award, Faculty/Staff, 1997, University of Missouri, Columbia.
8. Sigma Xi Excellence in Graduate Research Mentoring Award, 2000, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia.
9. Distinguished Member, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, since 2001.
10. Educ. Techn. at Missouri (ET@MO) Teaching and Technology Excellence Award 2001.
11. MU College of Arts & Science Purple Chalk Teaching Award 2002.
12. Edward K. Mellon Honorary Seminar on Chemical Education 2003-4, Florida State University.

1. Fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes 1981-4.
2. International Student Exchange Program, Universität Tübingen, 1982-3.
3. Fulbright Fellow 1982-3.
4. Doctoral Fellow of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie 1985-7.
5. Postdoctoral Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 1997.
6. Wakonse Fellow 1998.