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Meet Chemistry Head Fraser Fleming

March 25, 2016

Fraser Fleming, PhD - Head of Chemistry
Fraser Fleming, PhD

Author of the recently published book "The Truth About Science and Religion," this organic chemist is interested in how science and religion can help address ethical and moral issues.

Hometown: Waipawa, New Zealand
Degree: PhD in Organic Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Canada
Research interests: Organic chemistry research targeted at developing new reactions

What did you do before coming to Drexel?
Program Director at the National Science Foundation

What is your favorite book? Movie?
"Lord of the Rings"

If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive) who would they be?
Sir John Polkinghorne, Isaac Newton, Richard Feynman

When is the last time you did something "for the first time"? What was it?
Zip-lining over native bush in New Zealand last summer

What was the most memorable class you took as an undergrad and why?
One module of biochemistry describing the synthesis of naturally occurring metabolites. I was the only student making the course very conversational like the historical master-apprentice teaching.

Which current event/issue do you think students should know more about and why?
The Ukraine crisis. Many students would benefit from a better understanding of global events, particularly those that feature other nations' view of the U.S., in this case Russia.

What is one thing students would be surprised to learn about you?
I am a Christian with a strong interest in science and religion. I just published the book "The Truth about Science and Religion" with WIPF and Stock Publishers.

What did you want to be when you were a kid? What made you want to become a professor?
I wanted to master chemistry to discover a cure for cancer.

What do you consider to be your biggest achievement thus far in your career?
Training students for successful careers.

What do you hope to add to the CoAS community?
Leadership for the expansion of the chemistry department, an integrated perspective of science in affecting other disciplines, and an exploration of how science and religion can help address ethical and moral issues.