Scholarship and Service: Daniel Lewicki, Ph.D.

Professor Daniel LewickiProfessor of Chemistry and Physics Daniel Lewicki's primary objective during his recent sabbatical was to correlate seven years of data from his investigation into factors that predict success in college chemistry. Lewicki, who also teaches in the Esteves School of Education, has conducted extensive research into how students learn chemistry and identified a powerful model that uses standardized test scores, high school grades and other variables to predict exact scores in college-level chemistry classes. He presented his research – which can be applied to advise students and improve learning outcomes – to the Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers and the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education and is preparing it for publication in the Journal of Chemical Education.

Lewicki said that over the course of two decades at Sage, he has introduced increasingly sophisticated instrumentation and software into his classes and wanted to use part of his sabbati­cal to explore the full functionality of this technology. Building on the experiences that he had with advanced instrumental analysis during his sabbatical, Lewicki is planning to develop a protocol to profile levels of manganese in the Hudson River, from its source at Lake Tear in the Cloud in the Adirondacks to its mouth at Upper New York Bay and to introduce students to this exciting area of research.

He included professional and community service components into his sabbatical, too. An American Chemistry Society coach, he helped a local high school develop the advanced labs and lesson plans required to implement an Advanced Placement science program, and he traveled to Smithville, Miss. and Hackleburg, Ala. with the service organization Eight Days of Hope, to help communities rebuild after hurricanes and floods.