Science for Social Change

As a student enrolled in this FIG, you will develop an appreciation for how green chemistry principles can be used to address real world problems, particularly the relationships between the environment and society, to create safer, healthier communities.

Note: Please see academic advisor before attempting to add a chemistry FIG.

College Connections Faculty: Deborah Exton

Dr. Exton has been teaching General Chemistry at the University of Oregon since 1993.  She is an Oregon native, having grown up in Roseburg, OR, and attended the University of Oregon for one year before transferring to Colorado State University.  After dropping out and taking a break from college for several years, she received her B.S. in chemistry from Metropolitan State University of Denver (1987) and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Denver (1992).  Dr. Exton developed the University of Oregon General Chemistry laboratory curriculum and wrote a laboratory textbook with a focus on green chemistry. She recently won a national award from the American Chemical Society for incorporating sustainability into the chemistry curriculum. Dr. Exton is married with two grown children, one of whom is a UO graduate.  When she’s not working, Dr. Exton is happiest when she’s outdoors. Gardening, rowing in her shell and hiking with her dog are some of her favorite activities. 

FIG Assistant: Christian Vu


Summer Assignment

You will receive an email from Dr. Exton containing your summer assignment in August. Make sure to keep an eye on your email!

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 11:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.