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Gerry Meisels



  • Higher Ed: Science, Higher Ed: Administrator, Researcher, Evaluator 


Gerry G. Meisels
Professor of Chemistry and Director, Coalition for Science Literacy, University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue HMS 456, Tampa, FL 33620
Tel. 813-974-7183; Fax 813-974-7128; e-mail

EDUCATION Gymnasium, Vienna 1941-49
University of Vienna, Chemistry, 1949-51; 1952-53
University of Notre Dame, Physical Chemistry, M.S. 1952, Ph.D. 1956
EMPLOYMENT Gulf Oil Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA, 1956-59, Chemist, 1956-59
HISTORY Union Carbide Corporation, Tuxedo, NY, 1959-65
Chemist, 1959-63, Assistant Group Leader, 1963-65
University of Houston, Houston, TX, 1965-75
Associate Professor, 1965-70, Professor, 1970-75
Chair, Department of Chemistry, 1972-75
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 1975-88
Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, 1975-82
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 1982-88
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 1988 to present
Professor of Chemistry, 1988 to present
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1988-94
Director, Coalition for Science Literacy, 1994 to present
Director, Post-Secondary Programs of the Suncoast Area Center
For Educational Enhancement, 1996 to 1999
RESEARCH 104 papers in reviewed journals published over 35 years
Subjects include Analytical and Fundamental Mass Spectrometry,
Radiation Chemistry, and Chemistry of Gas Phase Ions
Research supported by NSF, Department of Energy, and others from 1963
to 1986; total of about $1,500,000
EDUCATION Education projects supported by Fl. Dept. of Education, NSF, and SW. Fl.
Florida Water Management District; $1,920,000 from 1995 to present;
Secured $5,400,000 state appropriations for Math/Science Professional Development of elementary school teachers
HONORS Fulbright Fellow Smith-Mundt Fellow
Science Research Fellow (UK) Danforth Foundation Fellow
Gordon Conference Chair Phi Beta Kappa
American Chemical Society National Science Policy Award 2001
PROFESSIONAL Florida Coalition for Improving Mathematics and Science Education (CIMS)
1998-present; Chairman, 1998-present; Interim Executive Director 1999-
Florida Higher Education Consortium for Mathematics and Science (HEC)
1994-present; Chairman, 1998-2000; Board member 1995-98, 2001-
National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions (NASSMC).
Board of Directors, 2000-present
Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP), 1984-1995
Council Chair, 1991, Executive Board, 1988-92
Chair, Committee on Government Affairs, 1986-90, 1992
Chair, Task Force on Priorities in the Sciences, 1992-93
American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS), 1969-
President, 1986-88; Vice President, 1984-1986
Board of Directors, 1984-1990
Council for Chemical Research (CCR), 1979-1988
Board of Directors, 1982-84
American Chemical Society (ACS), 1952-
Chair, Committee on Economic Status, 1980-1983
Chair, Southeast Texas Section, 1975
Society of the Sigma Xi, 1955 to present
President, University of Houston Chapter, 1974-1975

Relevant Publications
"Science Literacy and Science Education", G. G. Meisels, NEWSLINE of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, Washington, D.C., October 1994, Vol. 3, No. 9
"Science Teaching Leads Education Reform", G. G. Meisels, INSIDE USF, (1995)
"Developing a Regional Approach to Non-Majors Science Courses", G. G. Meisels, H. R. Mushinsky and M. T. Stewart, SEVENTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COLLEGE TEACHING AND LEARNING, Jacksonville, FL, March 20, 1996
"Science That Matters Volume I". R. L. Potter and G. G. Meisels, Editors, White Oaks Press, Thonotosassa FL (2001)
"Science That Matters - An Overview". R. L. Potter and G. G. Meisels, in "Science That Matters Volume I". R. L. Potter and G. G. Meisels, Editors, White Oaks Press, Thonotosassa FL (2001); page STM1
"Science That Matters Volume I", R. L. Potter and G. G. Meisels, Editors, Kendall-Hunt, Dubuque, IW 2003
"Science That Matters Volume II". R. L. Potter and G. G. Meisels, Editors, Kendall-Hunt, Dubuque, IW 2003

Other Publications
"The Unimolecular Decomposition Rates of Energy Selected Methylnitrite and Deuterated Methylnitrite Ions," J.P. Gilman, T. Hsieh and G.G. Meisels, J. CHEM. PHYS. 78, 3767 (1983)' invited paper
"Lifetime of Energy-Selected Molecular Ions Above Fragmentation Onset," T. Nishimura and G.G. Meisels, ADVANCES IN MASS SPECTROMETRY, 1985, Part B. 1189-90
"Unimolecular Dissociation of Energy-Selected Methyl Formate Ion," T. Nishimura, Q. Zha, and G.G. Meisels, J. CHEM. PHYS. 87, 4589-4597 (1987)
"Reactions of Ions with Selected Internal Energies," G.G. Meisels, PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECOND JAPAN-CHINA JOINT SYMPOSIUM ON MASS SPECTROMETRY, H. Matsuda and X. Liang, Editors, (1987) p. 97, invited paper
"Unimolecular Dissociation of Energy-Selected Ethyl Formate Ions" Q. Zha, T. Nishimura and G.G. Meisels, INT. J. MASS SPEC. AND ION PROCESSES 120, 85-101, (1992) 


Business-industry-government-education partnerships
Managing for change
Implementing large-scale science/mathematcis education reform
College non-majors science
evaluation of science and math education projects