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John Olmsted III is currently Professor of Chemistry at California State University, Fullerton, where he was named the Outstanding Professor in 1997-1998 and was chairman of his department from 1998-2001. John has also taught at the American University of Beirut, UCLA, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has had visiting research appointments at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen University of California at San Diego and Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque.
John has a BS degree in chemistry fromCarnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University), a PhD in physical chemistry from UC Berkeley, and postdoctoral work at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
His research in experimental physical chemistry has been supported by research grants from several sources and has led to more than 30 refered publications. John has also published regularly on chemical education topics in the Journal of Chemical Education. In his spare time, John enjoys gardening, photography, and travelling with his wife Eileen.

Greg Williams is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon._ His teaching background includes introductory, general, organic, and inorganic chemistry. He writes textbooks and develops multimedia materials for chemistry students. Greg has also taught and conducted research at California State University, Fullerton, UCLA, and the University of California, Irvine. He earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his PhD in inorganic chemistry from Princeton University. His research interests are in synthetic and mechanistic inorganic and organometallic chemistry.
When he is not teaching or writing about chemistry, Greg can be found somewhere in western North America climbing, backpacking, river rafting, skiing, or fly fishing. He also sings with the Eugene Concert Choir. He is married to Trudy Cameron, a professor of economics at the University of Oregon. They have two daughters, Casey (13) and Perry (6).
Greg absolutely insists on enjoying life.

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