January 11, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Jeffrey A. Frick, associate professor and chair of chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University, has been appointed acting registrar at the University.
Frick will serve as registrar through the 2005-06 academic year, when the University will search for a permanent replacement for Jack Fields, who died in October 2004 after serving as registrar since 1994.
A graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where he received the bachelor of arts degree in chemistry, Frick earned his Ph.D. from Loyola University. After a post doctoral appointment at the University of California-Berkeley, Frick joined the Illinois Wesleyan University faculty in 1992 and has taught biochemistry, organic chemistry, and chaired the department of chemistry. His research interests include the tracking of environmental contaminants present in wildlife and the synthesis of biologically relevant compounds. Frick is also involved in the preparation of pre-health professionals for admission to medical school and dental school.
Frick was a member of a four-person team of Illinois Wesleyan chemists who were awarded a National Science Foundation grant in 1995 to write an integrated curriculum for first- and second-year college chemistry courses. That led to the publication of the two-volume textbook, Integrated Chemistry: A Two-Year General and Organic Chemistry Sequence (Houghton-Mifflin, 2000).