Resources and News

Resource Links:

Luther College Chemistry Department Home Page:
Information about the chemistry department at Luther College

Professor Leonard R. MacGillivray Research & Professor MacGillivray Interview:
Professor MacGillivray is Mertzenich's Research Collaborator at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Center for Academic Enrichment Tutor Hours:
Individual and group tutoring is available in most subject areas at the Center for Academic Enrichment

Study Strategies to Score High on Exams: Study Plan for the Semester:
It’s the beginning of a new semester, and probably the last thing you want to think about is exams. But actually, the moment you get your syllabi and begin your day-to-day assignments is the moment you should make a plan of action to score high on your exams.

La Crosse-Winona American Chemical Society Local Section:
The La Crosse-Winona Section of the American Chemical Society is committed to community outreach, promoting science education, leadership development, and social interaction for chemists and aspiring in SE Minnesota, W. Wisconsin and NE. Iowa.

Chemistry: A Volatile History:
This history of chemistry

Chemistry Formatter:
These free add-ins for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint format chemical equations and exponents and are VERY convenient and helpful for anyone who writes chemistry lab reports,  papers, and journal articles.

Easy Unit Converter:
For All Type of Online Calculator & Metric Conversions.

Periodic Tables:
Database of Periodic Table Formulations

Periodic Table of Periodic Tables:
Now, this is silly.

Online chemistry video lessons to help students understand critical Chemistry concepts so that they can improve test and quiz scores and more easily complete homework assignments.

Videos on chemistry (roughly covering a first-year high school or college course).

Chemistry 101: General Chemistry:
Videos on chemistry (roughly covering a first-year high school or college course).

Some Major Chemistry Video Series:
Major series of video materials on General Chemistry available on YouTube or other video sites.

Chemical Equation Balancer:
This calculator is very flexible in balancing chemistry equations.

Science Groove:
Science Set To Music

Molecular weight calculator:
Molecular Weight Calculator for Windows 9x/NT/2000/ME by Matthew Monroe

Significant Figures Calculator:
The significant figures calculator undertakes calculations with significant figures and works out how many significant figures (sig figs), i.e., digits, a number holds.

Chemical Music (Rovner, S., Chemical Reactions Yield An Unusual Product: Music, Chem. Eng. News,2006, 84 (39), 100.):
"Chemical Reactions Yield an Unusual Product:  Music."  This is VERY appropriate for Luther College, which has a rich musical tradition

The Relationship of Energy to Sustainability (Part I) & A Recipe for a Sustainable Future (Part II):
Essays by Luther College Emeritus Professor of Biology John Tjostem

Terrestrial Energy:
"How nuclear power will lead the green revolution and end America's energy odyssey"

World Nuclear Association:
Representing the people and organizations of the global nuclear profession

The Origins of the Scientific Method:
Discusses the true origins of science

The relationship between faith and the sciences (video):
"...all the disciplines that we call sciences .. physical ..
political .. social .. are nothing else than mere arbitrary classifications of the human
understanding. Man in his intellectual weakness makes a distinction of what is united in

Other Links:

Luther College:
Information about Luther College

Yale Center for Teaching and Learning: Diversity and Inclusion

Speaking the Language of Inclusive Pedagogy

Racial and Social Justice Pedagogy Resources at Luther College

Layden Productions:
"Located in Decorah, Iowa (USA) Layden Productions offers contractual High Definition video recording and digital media services. Layden Productions relies on the technical, artistic, and musical intuition of proprietor and producer Michael "Mick" Layden." Mick is a Luther College alumnus.

Chris Norton:
"Luther College student Chris Norton was injured in a football game in 2010 and was given a 3 percent chance of ever regaining any movement below his neck. However, with his determination he is regaining movement throughout his body. Chris, his family, and his friends have begun work on the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) CAN project. This organization has the simple goal of raising money in order to provide patients with various levels of neuromuscular deficiencies equipment that would benefit them in achieving their goals."

Marv Slind, Professor Emeritus of History at Luther College

Electric Light Orchestra:
The greatest band in the world

The other greatest band in the world

KVIK radio:
Classic rock 'n' roll hits and more

Americans for Fair Taxation:
Americans for Fair Taxation ( is a nonpartisan group seeking to abolish all federal personal and corporate income taxes as well as gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, social security, medicare, and self-employment taxes. Americans for Fair Taxation seeks to replace these taxes with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax (the FairTax) administered primarily by existing State sales tax authorities.  Education (for example, education at Luther College) is *NOT* taxed under the FairTax, as explained in this short video clip.

Chemistry in the News:

Chemical & Engineering News

The New Preus: One-Stop Information Shopping in the Modern Library:
1 May 2013. Professor Mertzenich featured in Luther College Alumni Magazine article on page 22.

Nobel Laureate Praises the Work of Mertzenich Collaborator Leonard MacGillivray:
(Roald Hoffmann talks about an “incredibly beautiful study by Leonard MacGillivray” during a talk at the University of Tennessee in September 2005. MacGillivray's ladderane work is described by Hoffmann between 24:22 and 26:23 in the program.)

Biodiesel Production and Use at Luther College
(Mertzenich is highlighted in this video.)

The Future of Textbooks (C&EN, 27 September 2010)

Nature's peer review debate

Science in action:  The debate over polymorphism in aspirin:
(1 Jan 2007)

"...chemists have prepared a new crystalline material that features interconnecting channels and unusually large pores."  This material will have significant impact on the oil-refining industry.  This new material is, indeed, a "Roomy Zeolite.":
(23 Oct 2006)

Click here to listen (yes, listen) to chemical reactions:
(25 Sep 2006)