Director of Undergraduate Studies
Gregg Tucci is Director of Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry and Senior Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Villanova University and a PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University. As an undergraduate, Dr. Tucci studied the ability of sphagnum peat to remove heavy metals from mine drainage waters and from this work he received a research award from the Water Pollution Control Association of Pennsylvania. As a graduate student, Dr. Tucci continued to work on problems involving metals and biological systems. Specifically, he developed an inorganic mimic for a nickel enzyme that fixes carbon monoxide. Dr. Tucci is very actively involved in advising and mentoring undergraduate chemistry majors. He developed and teaches, Life and Physical Sciences A. Dr. Tucci also co-developed and teaches a graduate level practicum in teaching for first year graduate students in chemistry. For two years he led a non credit year-long tutorial on "Heavy Metals and Autism." He teaches general chemistry to post-baccalaureate pre-medical students in the Harvard Extension School and Summer Schools. His current research interests include understanding the impact of technology, learning styles, and high school preparation in university science classrooms. Dr. Tucci has won teaching awards in the college and extension school as well as Marquand Award for Advising. In 2006 he was awarded the Derek Bok Center Golden Spatula Award for the best peach pie.