Research Assistant Professor in Chemistry
BA, Cornell University; MA, PhD, Princeton University
Kimberly Duncan received her B.A. In Chemistry from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D from Princeton University. Her graduate research was in solid state synthesis and materials characterization—with a focus on the structure-property relationships in non-perovskite ruthenates.
Since completing her Ph.D., Dr. Duncan has explored non-traditional ways of applying her scientific knowledge and expertise. From 2006-09, she served as a Senior Science Policy for the American Physical Society (APS) in Washington, DC. Her work with APS focused on grassroots advocacy for science funding, as well as management of the science education lobbying portfolio. After two years as a policy wonk, Dr. Duncan accepted a position working with the Interdisciplinary Education Group (IEG) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (UW-Madison MRSEC) on Nanostructured Interfaces. At the MRSEC, Duncan created and presented, in partnership with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, engaging informal programs on nanotechnology. Highlights from her time in Madison include a hands-on program highlighting the connection between nanotechnology and stained glass, a nano-imagery art show at a local coffee shop and two workshops aimed at educating K-12 teachers and journalists about nanotechnology.
Since coming to Plymouth State, Duncan has served as an adjunct instructor and the coordinator of the Chemistry Education program (2009-2013). She teaches the General Chemistry sequence, Chemistry in Society and other courses as needed.
In her free time, Dr. Duncan can be found chasing her two children around town. She is also regularly seen lifting heavy weights, doing burpees and perfecting her “double under” at the local CrossFit box.