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Alison Spodek Keimowitz Associate Professor of Chemistry

Alison Spodek Keimowitz joined the Vassar College Chemistry Department in 2009 after completing a combined teaching and research postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University. She earned her PhD from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Columbia University in 2006 and had a Fulbright Fellowship in the Microbiology Department at the University of Tel Aviv thereafter.

Ms. Keimowitz’s research focuses on the behaviors of contaminants in the environment, particularly arsenic, manganese, and other redox- sensitive metals. She is particularly interested in the behaviors of these contaminants at redox interfaces such as those found in lakes and shallow groundwaters. Her research involves a combination of field, laboratory, and computational techniques. She has published papers in Environmental Science and Technology and Applied Geochemistry.

Ms. Keimowitz’s course offerings include General Chemistry (108/109), Physical Chemistry (352), Integrated Laboratory (372/373), and Global Change (ENST 107).

  • BA, Wesleyan University; M.Phil., PhD, Columbia University
  • At Vassar since 2009


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2017. Awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her Acquisition of an Ion Chromatograph-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (IC-ICP-MS) for Research and Undergraduate Education at Vassar. Jointly funded by the Major Research Instrumentation and ChemistryResearch Instrumentation and Facilities programs at NSF, this acquisition will enhance research and education at Vassar and beyond.


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