Elizabeth Wise, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D., The University of Pittsburgh, B.S., The University of Toledo
Title: Chairperson of the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences; Professor of Chemistry
Elizabeth Wise joined the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences in 2001. She earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry with Stephen Weber, Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. in chemistry from The University of Toledo. As a junior at The University of Toledo, she participated in a one-year international exchange program with the University of Salford in England.
Dr. Wise teaches many of the department’s lower-level course offerings, as well as LUC 101 College Connections. Her favorite courses to teach are CHM/CHL 182 General College Chemistry II and CHM 165 The Science of Art.
Since 2006, Dr. Wise has guided her CHM/CHL 182 students in research projects, the majority of which have related to the intersection between chemistry and art. Having always been interested in art, Dr. Wise received a scholarship fellowship to study painting conservation in Florence, Italy and she worked with the conservation team at the Toledo Museum of Art during a sabbatical leave.
2/24/2022 “Unexpected Connections Between Bacteria and Art,” Faculty Scholarship Lecture Series, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH
2/25/2021 “The Art and Science of Frescoes,” Faculty Scholarship Lecture Series, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH
6/15/2018 “Curriculum and Research Related to the Intersection between Chemistry and Art”, The Glass City Chemistry Conference, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
5/20/2017 “The Chemistry of Art: Development of a College-level Course for Non-science Majors”, 2017 Ohio Project Kaleidoscope Annual Conference, University of Findlay, Findlay, OH
11/19/2016 “The Chemistry of Art” at the 2016 Northwest Ohio Symposium on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teaching; Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
11/21/2015 “Student Research Projects Related to the Intersection between Chemistry and Art” at the 2015 Northwest Ohio Symposium on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teaching; Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
8/6/2014 “Chemistry and Art: Development of a College-level Course for Non-science Majors”, 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
4/11/2013 “Analysis of Salt Formations on Ancient Ceramics”, National Science Teachers Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX
1/5/2013 “Interdisciplinary Professional Development: Chemistry and Art”, Toledo Federation of Art Societies Meeting, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH
7/30/2012 “Analysis of Salt Formations on Ancient Ceramics”, 2012 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
12/3/2010 “Jazzin’ Up General College Chemistry” at the National Science Teachers Association Area Conference, Nashville, TN
8/19/2007 “The Chemistry of Art: Development of a College-level Course for Non-science Majors and a Summer Camp for Students in Middle School” at the American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA
Wise, E. T.; Weber, S. G., “Reversibly Crosslinked Gels”, The Polymeric Materials Encyclopedia: Synthesis, Properties and Applications, CRC Press, Inc., 1996.
Wise, E. T.; Weber, S. G., “A Simple Partitioning Model for Reversibly Crosslinked Polymers and Application to Poly(vinyl alcohol)-Borate Solutions (‘Slime’)”, Macromolecules. 1995, 28, 8321.
Wise, E. T., “Symposium on Immunoanalytical Chemistry”, Trends Anal. Chem. 1993, Vol. 12, No. 5, VIII.
Wise, E. T.; Weber, S. G., “Quantitative Evaluation of a Smart Material: PVA-Borate Gelation and the Gel’s Response to Diols”, Polym. Prepr. 1993, 34, 215.
Weber, S. G.; Wise, E. T.; Hamilton, A. D.; Fan, E.; Vicent, C.; Garcia-Tellado, F.; Geib, S. J., “Controlled Formation and Properties of Responsive Polymers”, Active Materials and Adaptive Structures: Proceedings of the ADPA/AIAA/ASME/SPIE Conference. 1992, 33.
Cohen, C.; Davis, B.; Jackovitz, J.; Preigh, M.; Tsai, H.; Wise, E., “PittCon 1991: Research Highlights”, Trends Anal. Chem. 1991, Vol. 10, No. 6, 170.
Fall/2021 Granted a sabbatical leave to conduct research projects related to the connections between bacteria and art
2020 Recipient of the Lourdes University Faculty Excellence Award
Fall/2011 Granted a sabbatical leave to work with the conservation team at the Toledo Museum of Art
July/2011 Granted a Lourdes College Scholarship Fellowship to complete the course, Beginning Painting Conservation I, at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy
May/2011 Attended the Franciscan Pilgrimage for Faculty and Staff in Assisi and Rome, Italy
2011 Recipient of a Palmer Scholarship from the Toledo Museum of Art
2008 Recipient of the Lourdes College Faculty Excellence Award
Selected Grants and Reviews:
2014, 2012 Recipient of a Title III Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Grant
2013 Reviewed a module in Visual Anatomy and Physiology, 2e by Frederic H. Martini, William C. Ober, Judi L. Nath, Edwin F. Bartholomew, and Kevin O. Petti (Pearson Education, Inc.)
2009 Reviewed a chapter of Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 9e by Frederic H. Martini, Judi L. Nath, and Edwin F. Bartholomew (Pearson Education, Inc.)
2006 Reviewed a chapter of Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 8e by Frederic H. Martini and Judi L. Nath (Pearson Education, Inc.)
2006 Reviewed a chapter of Anatomy and Physiology, 2e by Frederic H. Martini and Judi L. Nath (Pearson Education, Inc.)
2004 Reviewed a chapter of Basic Concepts of Chemistry, 7e by Leo J. Malone (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
2004 Helped write the Science-Technology Proposal for an Appropriations Bill (Labor, HHS Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee); $325,000 awarded to Lourdes College
Advisor of Selected Student Research Projects presented at the Lourdes University Research and Scholarship Symposium:
2020 “Crystals in Art and Life”
2019 “Analysis and Creation of Art using a Thermal Camera for Smartphones”
2018 “Crystals in Art and Life”
2017 “The Properties of Polymers Used in Art: Paper and Plastics”
2016 “The Effect of Light and Chemicals on the Color of Pigments and Dyes, and Reproduction of a Classic Work of Art”
2015 “Synthesis and Analysis of Paints and Reproduction of Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’”
2014 “Analysis of Paints and Support Materials used in Artwork from Little Flower Church”
2013 “Analysis of Off-gassing from Materials used in Museum Display Cases and in Construction”
2012 “Analysis of Salt Formations on Ancient Ceramics”
2015 Consulted with the conservation team at the Toledo Museum of Art on the analysis of wax samples taken from Libbey Dolls
2013 Consulted with the conservation team at the Toledo Museum of Art on the analysis of unknown samples from the Glass Pavilion
2013, 2012 Analyzed samples from the Toledo Museum of Art using the Fourier Transform infrared spectrometer
CHM 098 Foundations of Chemistry
CHM 130 Introductory General Chemistry
CHM 163 Societal Issues and Chemistry
CHM 165 The Science of Art
CHM/CHL 181 General College Chemistry I
CHM/CHL 182 General College Chemistry II
LUC 101 College Connections