Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, USA
Qualities of a successful mentor or educator? Making an effort to stay abreast of developments in a wide array of fields, not just what’s happening in your own scientific backyard. Over the years, I’ve adopted and applied ideas from biochemists, physical organic chemists, and chemical engineers to analytical chemistry goals. Having a wider pool of knowledge to draw from can provide hugely beneficial when educating students – and also proves the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. Working on your own analytical science skills and improving as a scientist will also improve your teaching skills.