Title: Professor of Chemistry
Company: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Jerome A. Darsey, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science education.
Dr. Darsey entered the scientific field due to an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and learning. For as long as he can remember, he has been curious about science. His hero growing up was Albert Einstein, and he majored in physics in school because he wanted to be like him. After following in his idols footsteps, he has had a very distinguished and successful career. Since 1990, he has been teaching at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he attained full professor status in 1996. At the University, he also serves as director of the Center for Molecular Design and Development. Prior to this, Dr. Darsey had also taught at Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University, and Gordon College.
His own education took place at Louisiana State University. In 1970, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and then in 1982 he received a PhD in Chemistry. Dr. Darsey attributes much of his success to a professor of his named Wayne Mattice. When he began his PhD studies, professor Mattice was very helpful and inspirational. He was a very accomplished scientist and educator, and was a big influence on Dr. Darsey as he was beginning his career.
Outside of his career teaching, he has also found great success in his own scientific work and research. He is the recipient of numerous grants, including from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. He served as chairman of the First Symposium on Applications of Artificial Neural Networks to Chemical Systems for the American Physical Society, and in 1995, he was named an Outstanding University Researcher by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.