Jeffrey H. Macedone
A.A. General Studies, Rick's College (1996)
B.S. Chemistry, Brigham Young University (1999)
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Brigham Young University (2004)
My primary efforts are focused on teaching and learning. I am involved in three main areas outside of teaching: the local section of the American Chemical Society, supervising the Lecture Preparation Laboratory, and also supervising the Exploratory lab.
Additional research area: analytical chemistry
For the past 3 years, I have been mentoring an undergraduate student on a project involving scorpions. When exposed to UV light, the “skin” of a scorpion gives off green light. The purpose of this scorpion fluorescence is not known, but many theories exist. Some believe it is so that scorpions can find each other in the dark. Another theory hypothesizes that because scorpions could fluorescence even by the light of the moon the color might attract insects to come near the scorpion (and then become food). We are studying the differences in fluorescence that are emitted from different species of scorpions around Utah.
I am working on several projects that will expose the general public to science as well as current research at BYU in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. I am focusing on getting youth excited about STEM careers in interactive ways including generating materials for middle school classrooms, providing lab experiences for local high school students, and providing hands-on experiences for kids of all ages.