College – Chemistry & Classical LiteraturePh.D.
University of Utah – Organic Chemistry
For the last two plus decades I have been privileged to teach chemistry at WLC. Even though my background includes study of both the humanities and the sciences, I have largely taught chemistry here at WLC. I still consider the liberal arts valuable and important for the 21st century student. Sometimes my lectures contain obscure references to The Odyssey. Off campus usually finds me playing baseball or Lego with my sons or pondering the usage of interrobangs.
My formal scholarly training is in the area of synthetic organic chemistry; particularly trying to synthesize derivatives of α-amino acids. This has manifested itself in me trying to synthesize these molecules by reacting copper catalysts with α-diazocarbonyls. The resulting morphonlones can be converted into α-amino acids by trivial means. Even though more students have worked on this project, I have mentored students on projects as diverse as ecology or assaying the biological activity of sulfa drugs.
Review Article: Kevin W.
Glaeske, and William A. Donaldson; “Recent
Applications of the Simple Hydrocarbon Cyclooctatetrene as a Starting Material
for Complex Molecule Synthesis,” Mini-reviews
in Organic Chemistry, 2012, 9, pp.31-43.
Poster presentation: Sulfonamides: A Very Interdisciplinary class of
Molecules! Kimberly A. Haley, Kevin W. Glaeske, Jarrod L. Erbe, Jordan E. Liesener, and Andrew A. Mundt, CHED 82,
presented at 238th ACS National Meeting Washington, D.C. August
Journal Article: The
Design of God in a Rose, Glaeske, K.W., The
Lutheran Educator, 2004, 44, 110-112,
Journal Article: Stereoselective
formation and rearrangement of morpholinium ylides derived from copper
carbenoids, Glaeske, K.W.; Naidu, B.N.; West, F.G., Tetrahedron: Asymmetry 2003, 14, 917-920.
Journal Article: Making
sense of Terpenes: A look into
Biological Chemistry, Glaeske, K.W.; Boehlke, P. E., The American Biology Teacher, 2002,
Poster Presentation: Making
Sense of Terpenes: A Biological
Chemistry lab project for Liberal Arts Chemistry, Glaeske, K.W.; Boehlke,
P.R., SCI-MIX, 222nd American Chemical Society National Meeting,
Chicago, IL. August 27, 2001 (Abstract #CHED 84).
Article: Chirality Transfer from Carbon to Nitrogen to Carbon via Cyclic Ammonium Ylides, Glaeske,
K.W.; West, F.G., Org. Letters, 1999, 1, 31-33.
Journal Article: Substituted
Esters Via Ammonium Ylide [1,2]-Shifts, West, F.G.; Glaeske, K.W.; Naidu,
B.N., Synthesis, 1993, 977.
Presentation: Direct Synthesis of Amino Acid Derivatives fromTertiary Amines and Diazocarbonyl Compounds,
203rd American Chemical Society National
Meeting, San Francisco, CA. April 5-10, 1992 (Abstract #ORGN