Helen M. Boylan, Ph.D.
     Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
            Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry
2001

Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
B.S., Environmental Science

1995
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
           Professor of Chemistry & Coordinator, Environmental Programs
           Associate Professor of Chemistry
& Chair of Environmental Science Committee
           Assistant Professor of Chemistry

2014-present
2007-2014

2001-2007
Bethany College, Bethany, WV
            Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry


2000-2001
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC
              Proposal Reviewer

Summer 2012, 2009-2010
College Board, Cincinnati, OH
              AP Reader for Environmental Science

Summers 2012-2014
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
              External Reviewer for Chemistry Department

Spring 2012
Squire Sanders Law Firm, Columbus, OH
             Expert Witness

Fall 2011

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
             Visiting Scientist

2004-present
Pearson National Evaluation Systems, St. Louis, MO
              Education Consultant

2008-2010

MicroSpectral Sensors, Wilton, ME
             Education Consultant

2008
Manion Mcdonough & Lucas, P.C., Pittsburgh, PA
             Expert Witness

2004-2006
Allegheny Energy, Monroeville, PA
             Consultant on Mercury Projects

2001-2003
Milestone Inc., Monroe, CT
             Collaborative Applications Specialist

1998-2001

CENA, Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil
             Research Assistant

Summer 1996

National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA
             Research Assistant


January 1995
AWARDS & GRANTS

Colcom Foundation Grant

Westminster College Watto Award
ProChemTech International, Inc., Collaborative Research Grant

Mentor to winners of Western PA Environmental Award
Towering Titan Faculty Member of the Year Award, Westminster College
PA Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education Grant

Nominated for Case Professor of the Year
Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh College Equipment Grant

Westminster College Service Learning Fellow

Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh College Equipment Grant

Dorothy and Moses Passer Education Fund Award

Geek Professor of the Year, Westminster College

ACS Younger Chemists Committee Leadership Development Award

Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant
AY 2014-2015
AY 2013-2014
Summer 2013
Spring 2013
Spring 2012
AY 2011-2012
, AY 2010-2011
Spring 2011
Spring 2008
AY 2006-2007
Spring 2006
Spring 2005
Fall 2004
Fall 2003
Spring 2002

PUBLICATIONS  (* Denotes Undergraduate Co-author)

Quantification of 4-ethylphenol in Belgian style beers by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. *Ashley M. Blystone, *Justin M. Jones, Helen M. Boylan, and Sarah A. Kennedy.  Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research. Vol. 12(1):  4-6, Winter 2013.


Student Reflections on a Watershed Service Learning Project Reveal Four Key Findings.  Helen M. Boylan.  Journal for Civic Commitment.  Fall 2011.


Using Enzyme Folding to Explore the Mechanism of Therapeutic Touch: A Feasibility Study.  *Mallory Strickland and Helen M. Boylan.  Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  Vol. 16(7): 715-721, July 2010.


Detective Fiction and Forensics in Collaboration.  Helen M. Boylan and Deborah C.  Mitchell.  Academic Exchange Quarterly.  100-105.  Winter 2005.


Grass Roots Movement and Cooperative Spirit Enable Teaching Load Reduction at Westminster College.  Martha R. Joseph and Helen M. Boylan.  CUR Quarterly.  Vol. 24:  174, 2004.


A New Method to Assess Mercury Emissions:  A Study of Three Coal-Fired Electric-Generating Power Station Configurations.  Helen M. Boylan, Randy D. Cain, H.M. ‘Skip’ Kingston.  Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association.  Vol. 53:  1318-1325, 2003.


Rapid Mercury Analysis for the Field:  Method Development and Application to Natural Gas Utility Sites.  Helen M. Boylan, Robert C. Richter, H.M. 'Skip' Kingson, Angela C. Ricotta.  Water, Air and Soil Pollution.  Vol. 127:  255-270, 2001.


Field Analysis Using Method 7473:  Minimizing the Cost of Mercury Cleanup.  Helen M. Boylan, Tedd A. Ronning, Robert L. DeGroot, H.M. 'Skip' Kingston.  Environmental Testing & Analysis.  July/August 2000.


Field Determination of Mercury by Thermal Decomposition, Amalgamation, and Atomic Absorption Spectrometry.  Helen M. Boylan, H.M. 'Skip' Kingston.  Current Protocols in Field Analytical Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York.  November 1999, Unit 3D.3.


One-Step Mercury Analysis.  Helen M. Boylan, H.M. 'Skip' Kingston. American Laboratory.  September 1998.


EPA Method 7473:  Mercury in Solids and Solutions by Thermal Decomposition, Amalgamation, and Atomic Absorption Spectrometry.    Helen M. Boylan, H.M. 'Skip' Kingston, Peter J. Walter. Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods; SW-846, Update IVa.  US Government Printing Office. Washington, DC.  1998.

INVITED TALKS & WORKSHOPS GIVEN

One day technical seminar & demonstration on the ChemReveal LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy).  Helen M. Boylan in collaboration with TSI Inc. and D&N Scientific.  Workshop for industrial scientists.  Westminster College.  April 25, 2014.

Energy Extraction Then and Now: An Environmental Chemist’s Perspective.  Invited talk for PA Council for History Education Meeting.  Westminster College. Oct. 14, 2013.


Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy:  Challenges and Applications in Frack Water Treatment. Helen M. Boylan.  Invited talk forWooster College Chemistry Seminar. Wooster, OH. January 24, 2013.

Shale Happens:  An Investigation of the Environmental Chemistry of Hydraulic Fracturing. 
Helen M. Boylan.  Invited talk forWestminster College Board of Trustees Meeting. Westminster College. November 2, 2012.

Write Your Own Success Story. 
Helen M. Boylan. 
Invited keynote address for Knoch High School's Recognition Night for Young Women of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  Butler Community College.  May 1, 2012.


Working at a PUI with a Teaching Emphasis.  Helen M. Boylan.  Invited panelist for Postdoc to Professor Workshop. Hope College, Holland, Mich. April 6-8, 2011.

Efficacy of Passive Treatment for Abandoned Mine Drainage: Results from a Service-Learning Study.  Helen M. Boylan.  Invited talk for the 25th Annual American Chemical Society Student Members Symposium.  Duquesne University.  Pittsburgh, PA.   April 16, 2011.


Engaging Students in Course Content and Chemical Literature with Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) Scratch-Offs. Helen M. Boylan.  Invited talk at Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers.  Alvernia University.  November 2010.

Dual Role of Academic Motherhood:  A Woman Scientist's Perspective.
   Helen M. Boylan.  Guest Lecture at the University of Pittsburgh.  February 2009.

Theory and Applications of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS).  Helen M. Boylan.  Workshop for industrial scientists.  Westminster College.  October 9, 2008.


Advanced Laboratory at Westminster College: A Student and Faculty Perspective.  Helen M. Boylan.  Oral presentation at PittCon: The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy.  New Orleans, LA.  March 1-7, 2008.


Current Issues in Environmental Mercury Pollution.  Helen M. Boylan.  Invited talk for Slippery Rock University Chemistry Department Seminar Series.  October 26, 2007.


Lifecycle Mercury Analysis at Coal Burning Electric Power Plants.  Helen M. Boylan.  Invited talk for the 20th International Activated Carbon Conference.  Pittsburgh, PA.  October 19, 2007.

Mercury Issues for the Coal Burning Electric Power Industry.
  Helen M. Boylan.  Invited talk for the 10th Annual International Activated Carbon Conference.  Pittsburgh, PA.  October 19, 2006.


Teaching in the Small College Setting:  Opportunities and Challenges in Academia.    Helen M. Boylan.  Invited oral presentation for YCC Career Development Symposium at the 227th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting.  Anaheim, CA.  March 29, 2004.


Mercury Emissions by Partial Mass Balance:  An Investigation of Three Power Plant Designs.  Helen M. Boylan.  Invited lecture at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA.  March 15, 2004.


An Introduction to Microwave Synthesis.  Helen M. Boylan.  Guest lecturer for ACS Short Course on Microwave Sample Preparation.  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.  July 2003, 2002.


CONTRIBUTED PAPERS


Is Chemistry is Still a Man's World? If so, Then How to succeed?  Helen M. Boylan.  Conferee Networking Session at Pittcon 2014. Chicago, IL. March 2013.

Analysis of Produced Water Samples: A Comparison of Techniques.  Helen M. Boylan and Danielle Murtagh. Poster presentation at Eastern Analytical Symposium. Somerset, NJ. Nov. 2013.


Engaging Students in Course Content and Chemical Literature with IF-AT Scratch Offs. 
Larry Miller, Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at 22nd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.  Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, July 29-August 2, 2012.


Coaching as a Tool for Mentors:  Helping Colleagues Improve Performance. 
Helen M. Boylan.  Oral presentation at Pittcon 2012, Orlando, FL.  March 11-15.

 

Empowering Detective Girls Everywhere: Giving Girls the EDGE by Linking Forensic Science and Detective Fiction. Helen M. Boylan, Deborah Mitchell.  Poster presented at Pennsylvania Girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Collaborative Annual Conference, Allison Park, Pennsylvania. September 24, 2011.

Realizing the Potential of Microwaves in the Academic Lab.  Helen M. Boylan.  Oral presentation at the 228th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting.  Philadelphia, PA.  August 23, 2004.


The JFK Assassination:  Educating Undergrads in Forensic Science.  Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at Solving the Great American Murder Mystery: A National Symposium on the 40th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination.  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.  November 20-23, 2003. 


Introduction to Forensic Science:  Chemistry for Non-majors.  Helen M. Boylan, Robert Paysen, Milton R. Smith.  Poster presentation at the 35th Central Regional ACS Meeting.  Pittsburgh, PA.  October  21, 2003.  


Integration of Research and Education in Chemistry at a Small Liberal Arts College.  Oral presentation at Midwestern Universities Analytical Chemistry Conference.  IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN.  October 10, 2003.


Beyond the Analysis:  The Advanced Laboratory Program at Westminster College.  Helen M. Boylan.  Oral presentation at the 225th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting.  New Orleans, LA.  March 27, 2003.


Estimating Power Plant Mercury Emissions.  Helen M. Boylan, H. M. 'Skip' Kingston.  The Pittsburgh Conference.  New Orleans, LA.  March 2001.


Use of a Direct Mercury Analyzer for the Analysis of Coal and Coal By-Products. 
Helen M. Boylan, H. M. 'Skip' Kingston, Anna M. Kolesar, Mitch Fedak.  The Pittsburgh Coal Conference.  Pittsburgh, PA.  September 2000.

 

Speciated Isotope Dilution Mass Spectrometry:  Application to Mercury Speciation.  Helen M. Boylan, Robert C. Richter, H. M. 'Skip' Kingston.  The Pittsburgh Conference.  New Orleans, LA.  March 2000.

 

Direct Mercury Analysis:  Field Studies and Other Applications.  Helen M. Boylan, Angela C. Ricotta.  Mercury in the Environment Specialty Conference.  Air & Waste Management Association.  Minneapolis, MN.  September 1999.


CONTRIBUTED PAPERS with UNDERGRADUATES (** Denotes Honors Research)


Determination of Biogenic Amines in Local Red Wines as Dansyl Derivatives by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Fluorimetric Detection. Julie Rice and Helen M. Boylan. Poster presentation at Pittcon 2014. Chicago, IL. March 2014.

 

Comparative Analysis of Metals in Hair and Fingernails Using ICP-MS. Krista Ulisse and Helen M. Boylan. Poster presentation at Pittcon 2014. Chicago, IL. March 2014.

 

**Analysis of a Non-thermal Effect of Microwaves on Proteins:  A Novel SPROX Approach.  Sarah Welsh and Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at Penn Ohio Border Section Awards Dinner.  Westminster Colege.  April 2013.


Field and Laboratory Analysis of Abandoned Mine Drainage through a Passive Treatment System.  Haley Gabor and Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at Pittcon 2013.  Philadelphia, PA.  March 17-21, 2013. 


Analyzing the Chemistry Behind Color-Changing Paints.  Nicole George, Julie Rice and Helen M. Boylan.  P
oster presentation at Pittcon 2013.  Philadelphia, PA.  March 17-21, 2013.
 


Longitudinal Study of Metal Concentrations in Fingernails, Toenails and Hair:  A Comparative Analysis.  Krista Ulisse and Helen M. Boylan. 
Poster presentation at Pittcon 2013.  Philadelphia, PA.  March 17-21, 2013.


Trace Elements in Fingernails:  Are Vegetarians at an Advantage? 
Justin Jones and Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at Pittcon 2012, Orlando, FL.  March 11-15.
 


**Analysis of Non-Thermal Effects of Microwave Radiation on Acetylcholinesterase Using Covalent Labeling Techniques and Mass Spectrometry.
  Ryan Konik and Helen M. Boylan. Poster presentation
Pittcon 2011,  Atlanta, GA.  March 13-18, 2011.


**Characterization of Nanoparticles Synthesized via Conventional Microwave-Assisted vs. Simultaneous Heating and Cooling (SiHCo) MethodsNatasha Kassim and Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at Pittcon 2010, Orlando, FL.  March 2010.


Analysis and Comparison of Protein Conformational Changes Caused by Microwave and Conventional Heating Methods. 
Nicholas Mizenko, Natasha Kassim, Ryan Konik and Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at Pittcon 2010, Orlando, FL.  March 2010.


Qualitative Analysis and Prospective Quantification Method for Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy.  Brittany Bivens, Keri Biedka, and Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at ACS In-Miniature Symposium, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.  April 2009.


Forensic Analysis of Fingernail Polish using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy:
  A Preliminary Investigation.  Mallory L. Lichwa and Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at Pittcon 2009, Chicago, IL.  March 2009.

Fluorescence Flow System for Near Real-Time Analysis of Protein Conformational Changes:  Effects of Microwave and Conventional Heating.  Nicholas Mizenko, Natasha Kassim, and Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation for the 6th International Microwaves in Chemistry ConferenceCambridge, MA.  May 15, 2008


**Characterization of gangliosides from brain tissue.
  Mallory Elisabeth Bugel and Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at the 225th ACS National Meeting.  New Orleans, Louisiana.  April 7, 2008.


**Effects of therapeutic touch on renaturation of ribonuclease A
.  Mallory L. Strickland and Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at the 225th ACS National Meeting.  New Orleans, Louisiana.  April 7, 2008.


**Toward soy-based dental composite materials.
  Valerie E. Kokai and Helen M Boylan.  Poster presentation at the 223rd ACS National Meeting.  Chicago, IL.  March 25, 2007. 

Novel method for the tritiation of photoactivatable ligands.  Andrew E Starosta and Helen M Boylan.  Poster presentation at the 223rd ACS National Meeting.  Chicago, IL.  March 25, 2007. 

**GC-MS and GC-MS/MS for the analysis of endogenous and exogenous hormones.  Justin Martinchek and Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at the 230th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting.  Washington, DC.  August 29, 2005.


Effects of Microwave Heating on Structure and Activity of Lysozyme as Compared to Conventional Heating.  Rebecca Morey, Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at the 229th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting.  San Diego, CA.  March 13, 2005.


Development of Continuous Flow Monitoring System for Microwave Chemistry and Application to Ceramic Leaching Studies.  Ashley Martucci, Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at the 229th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting.  San Diego, CA.  March 13, 2005.


Exploring “Athermal” Effects of Microwaves on Enzymes.  Valerie Kokai, Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at the 228th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting.  Philadelphia, PA.  August 23, 2004.


**Comparison of Microwave and Thermal Exposure on Alpha-Amylase:  A Structural and Kinetic Analysis. 
Mike Schnetz (Advisor:  Helen M. Boylan).  Honors Thesis Defense.  Westminster College.  Spring 2004. 


Analysis of Ephedra and Non-ephedra Based Herbal Supplements:  Effects on the Metabolic Rate in Mice and the Quantification of Active Ingredients.
  Emily Stull, Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at the 227th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting.  Anaheim, CA.  March 29, 2004.


Comparative Study of Fluoxetine Synthesis Using Microwave Technologies.  Erin Battin, Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at the 225th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting.  New Orleans, LA.  March 24, 2003.


Investigation of Vitex:  Comparison of Three Extraction Techniques with Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry.  Sarah Huffman, Helen M. Boylan.  Poster presentation at the 223rd National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting.  Orlando, FL.  April 8, 2002.

PROJECTS ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING INVOLVING UNDERGRADUATES

Use of Experimental Design to Minimize Coprecipitation of Barium and Strontium from Produced Water from Marcellus Shale.  Danielle Murtagh ('14) and Helen M. Boylan. Poster presentation at Pittcon 2014. Chicago, IL. March 2014.

Lab Analysis of Barium and Strontium in Frackwater Coupled with Website Design Empowers Local Communities Amidst Hydraulic Fracturing in Western Pennsylvania.  Tyler Umstead and Helen M. Boylan. Poster presentation at Pittcon 2014. Chicago, IL. March 2014.

Optimizing Resource Recovery from Produced Water Treatment. 
Danielle Murtagh ('14), Helen M. Boylan in collaboration with ProChemTech International, Inc.  Funded undergraduate research project.  Westminster College.  Summer 2013.

Preliminary Studies in the Chemometric Analysis of Frack Water Samples. Gavin Steadman ('13), Brittany Majors ('15), Helen M. Boylan in collaboration with ProChemTech, Inc.  Poster presentation at Pittcon 2013.  Philadelphia, PA.  March 17-21, 2013.

Optimization of the Recovery of Barium and Strontium from Produced Water with Analysis by Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy.  Danielle Murtagh ('14), Helen M. Boylan
in collaboration with ProChemTech International, Inc.  Poster presentation at Pittcon 2013.  Philadelphia, PA.  March 17-21, 2013.

Creation of a Website as a Means of Enhancing Collaboration of Volunteers for Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring.  Lance Jubic ('15), Tyler Umstead ('14), Helen M. Boylan.  Best Oral Presentation Award Winner at The Student Symposium on the Environment. Westminster College.  December 6, 2012.  Winner of the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award.  www.lawmerallarm.org

Chemical Analysis of Produced Water from Natural Gas Drilling.  Caleb Smathers ('12), Helen M. Boylan.  Independent study.  Westminster College.  Spring 2012.


SERVICE

The Pittsburgh Conference (Pittcon) Organizing Committee: Conferee Networking Chair for Pittcon 2015
Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP), Committee Member

Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP), Committee Member

Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition:  Organizer of Annual Student Research Symposium, yearly collaborative service learning project

Reviewer for Journal of Chemical Education, Environmental Research, Talanta, and other publications

Science outreach programs for middle school students and Girl Scouts

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