College – Chemistry & Classical LiteraturePh.D.
University of Utah – Organic Chemistry
last two decades I have been privileged to teach chemistry here at WLC. Even though my background includes study of
both the humanities and the sciences I have largely taught only chemistry here
at WLC. With the advent of the Honors
program, I have been given an opportunity to “walk the walk” concerning the
liberal arts and its role in developing young minds. I relish the chance to model the
interconnectedness of the liberal arts to undergraduate students and how valuable
the western canon is to modern 21st century society. When I am not playing baseball with my sons,
I like to consider the intricacies of the Corsi number or take twenty young men
and pay a visit to Nestor, the redheaded king of Sparta.
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