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Rick Toomey

Rick Toomey



2633 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1999

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. Chemistry (Physical); Brandeis University, 2002
  • M.S. Chemistry (Education); Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 1995
  • B.S. Chemistry; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 1991

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry II/General Chemistry II Lab
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Physical Chemistry I/Physical Chemistry I Lab
  • Physical Chemistry II/Physical Chemistry II Lab
  • Chemistry Seminar

Academic Interests

  • Chemistry Education
  • Application of Mathematics in Science Education
  • Laboratory Revision

Scholarly Activity

  • Bowers, P.G., Hofstetter, C., Letter, C. Toomey, R.T., Supersaturation Limit for Homogeneous Nucleartion of Oxygen Bubbles in Water at Elevated Pressure: "Super-Henry's Law", J. Phys. Chem. Vol. 99, No 23, pp. 9632-9637 (1995)
  • Bowers, P.G., Hofstetter, C., Ngo, H/L/, Toomey, R.T., Temperature Dependence of Bubble Nucleation Limits for Aqueous Solutions of Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen and Oxygen,  Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol. 215, pp. 441-442 (1999)
  • Cohen, J., Kennedy-Justice, M., Pai, S., Torres, C., Depierro, E., Garafalo, F., Toomey, R.T., Encouraging Meaningful Quantitative Problem Solving.  J. Chem. Educ. Vol. 77, No. 9, pp. 1166-1173 (2000)
  • Toomey, R., DePierro, E., Garafalo, F., Helping Students to Make Inferences About the Atomic Realm by Delaying the Presentation of Atomic Structure.  Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. Eur..  Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 183-202 (2001)
  • Targeted Connections In Science and Mathematics: Presented at the 50th National Science Teachers Association, San Diego, CA 2002.
  • Toomey, R.; DePierro, E.; Garafalo, F. Using a Socratic Dialog to Help Students Construct Fundamental Concepts. J. Chem. Educ. Vol. 80, No. 12, pp. 1408-1416 (2003)
  • Toomey, R.; Garafalo, F. Linking Physics with Chemistry - Opportunities in a Constructivist Classroom. Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. Eur. Vol. 4, pp. 189-204 (2003)
  • Garafalo, F., DePierro, E., Toomey, R.  Insights Obtained Through the Study of A Concentration Cell.  Chem. Educ.  Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 67-70 (2007)
  • Garafalo, F., DePierro, E., Toomey, R., Helping Students Make Sense of Logarithms and Logarithmic Relationships.  J. Chem. Educ., Vol. 85, No. 9, pp. 1226-1228 (2008)
  • Using Inquiry to Build the Foundation for a Meaningful Understanding of Science.  Presented at the 56th National Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association.  Boston, MA,, 2008.

Student Group Advisement

  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society

Other Professional Experiences

  • Member of the American Chemical Society
  • Member of the National Science Teachers Association