Dr. Vaughan's interests and background
My academic background since high school
- 1977, Bachelor of Science in chemistry,
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
- 1981, Doctor of Philosophy in organic chemistry,
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
(This began at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
- 1981-'82, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow
My work career
- 9 years as research chemist, project leader, etc., at several
medical diagnostic companies. I have been involved in the creation
and development of diagnostic assays used by clinical labs,
physician's offices, and the general public. These include tests for
- abused drugs (e.g. THC, cocaine, amphetamines),
- therapeutic drug monitoring (e.g quinidine),
- neurotransmitter levels as tags for various psychiatric
conditions (e.g. MHPG, 5-HIAA),
- strep throat, and
- new diagnostic technologies.
- Adjunct teaching (Palomar Community College) and high school teaching
(as a student teacher and substitute) for a year or so in San Diego.
- One year (barely!) teaching eighth grade. Ugh.
- Now working on my twenty-fourth year here at BC!
...and things I enjoy doing!
- Computational chemistry and molecular modeling/graphical analysis
(you might notice the influence this has on my classes :-)
- Linux, in the form of Debian (Testing). All my work
is done in Linux, including all that you see and get here.
Playtime (e.g. Freespace, etc.) uses that other OS.
- Hiking and backpacking. The further from the crowds, the better...
- Skiing (when there's snow).
- Dabbling in photography
- Amateur astronomy.
- AYSO refereeing and coaching used to be mainstream for me when my kids were younger. This is a great volunteer organization,
and it's for the kids. Interested?
- Kayaking the
- Learning to play the 'cello (!). I've been off this for a while, but love what it did for my music appreciation.
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