I am a physical organic chemist with a love for teaching and exploring, and Luther is a perfect place to pursue my passions! I have taught organic chemistry (and other courses) at Luther College since 2003. My research program is in the area of photochemistry (interested in what happens when you use light to activate molecules); with a special interests in host-guest photochemistry that is relevant to health and environmental questions.
Recently I have also become involved with Luther’s centre for global learning having been the faculty leader on the 2012 Spring Malta and the Mediterranean semester abroad experience. Studying abroad is a unique and life altering opportunity that I would like to share with many more students in the future!
Outside of Luther, I enjoy getting involved in numerous aspects of Decorah life. You will find me out on the tennis courts when the weather is good, and also on the stage (or directing) at the local community theatre, New Minowa Players. I hale from Canada, so students also enjoy my sometimes interesting pronunciation of words, and my love of all things Canadian (especially the Canadian hockey team in international competition . . . sorry)!
Meet Olga Rinco, a Professor of Chemistry at Luther College who also performs in community theater.