Department of Chemistry

Dr. Janelle Torres y Torres

Assistant Professor

B.A., Luther College
Ph.D., University of Iowa

816-271-4470
Agenstein Hall, 332
jtorresytorres@missouriwestern.edu

Research Interests:

Chemical Education and dual credit chemistry education.
    Publications
    • Torres y Torres, J., Abraham, J.M., Castro-Acuna, C., Azar, M. L., Branan, D., Kelter, P., Morales Bueno, P., Myers, D.R., Pinto-Canon, G., Yatin, S.M., Zamfirova, G. An enthusiastic vision for the second decade of the ICUC. Anuario Latinoamericano de Educación Química (ALDEQ) 2012, 25 (27), 188-194.

    • Lassila, K. E.; Rule, L. C.; Lee, C., Driggs, R. J.; Fulton, G.; Skarda, M.; Torres y Torres, J. Enhancing Iowa high school students’ transition to college. Journal of the Iowa Academy of Sciences. 2009, 116 (1-4), 9-13.

    • Larimer, F. W.; Chain, P.; Hauser, L.; Lamerdin, J.; Malfatti, S.; Do, L.; Land, M. L.; Pelletier, D. L.; Beatty, J. T.; Lang, A. S.; Tabita, R. F.; Gibson, J. L.; Hanson, T. E.; Bobst, C.; Torres y Torres, J. L.; Peres, C.; Harrison, F.H.; Gibson, J.; Harwood, C. S. Maintained by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Joint Genome Institute of the US Dept. of Energy (DOE). Rhodopseudomonas palustris CGA009 complete genome sequence and annotation. http://genome.ornl.gov/microbial/rpal/ (based on material from Nature Biotechnology 2004 paper).

    • Larimer, F. W.; Chain, P.; Hauser, L.; Lamerdin, J.; Malfatti, S.; Do, L.; Land, M. L.; Pelletier, D. L.; Beatty, J. T.; Lang, A. S.; Tabita, R. F.; Gibson, J. L.; Hanson, T. E.; Bobst, C.; Torres y Torres, J. L.; Peres, C.; Harrison, F.H.; Gibson, J.; Harwood, C. S. Complete genome sequence of the metabolically versatile photosynthetic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris. Nature Biotechnol. 2004, 22 (1), 55-61.

    • Torres y Torres, J. L.; Rosazza, J. P. N. Microbial transformations of p-coumaric acid by Bacillus megaterium and Curvularia lunata. J. Nat. Prod. 2001, 64, 1408-1414.

    • Torres y Torres, J. L.; Rosazza, J. P. N. Reactions of p-coumaric acid with nitrite: product isolation and mechanism studies. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2001, 49, 1486-1492.
    Funding and Awards
    Janelle Torres y Torres, PI. PORTAL 2014 proposal, Missouri Western State University. Requested January 2014 for the amount of $3500 in support of studying teacher responses to a survey of the effectiveness of the course and planning for a student survey in the Dual Credit General Chemistry I program at MWSU (support for Summer 2014 term).
    Presentations
    • Janelle L. Torres y Torres, Michael W. Ducey. Dual Credit General Chemistry at Missouri Western State University: A model for excellence in the delivery of general chemistry to high-school students. American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting 2013, Springfield, MO, October 18, 2013.

    • Janelle Torres y Torres, Michael W. Ducey, and Benjamin D. Caldwell. Successes and Challenges in Implementation of the Laboratory Components of a Dual Credit General Chemistry Course. Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2012, State College, PA, August 1, 2012.

    • Janelle L. Torres y Torres, Michael W. Ducey, and Benjamin D. Caldwell. Dual Credit General Chemistry: a Model University-High School Collaborative Effort. 2011 American Society for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 11, 2011.

    • Janelle Torres y Torres, Brian Ritter, Ellen Kabat-Lensch. Incorporating Environmental Education into General Chemistry: The Nahant Marsh Project. 20th Biennial Conference on Chemistry Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, July 28, 2008.

    • Janelle L. Torres y Torres, Brian Ritter, and Ellen Kabat-Lensch. Teaching Sustainable Development Practices in the First-Year Chemistry Course. ICUC FYI-Chem Conference: Global Communication for a Sustainable World, University of Colorado at Boulder; Boulder, Colorado, June 1, 2007.