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Barbara Lewis

Barbara Lewis Lecturer
General Chemistry

Phone: (864) 656-5022
Office: 269 Hunter Laboratories

Ms. Lewis received her BS in chemistry (1973) from Radford University in Radford, Virginia. As an undergraduate she received a NSF Grant to do summer research at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Her research project involved a multi-step synthesis of ynamines.

Upon graduation, Ms Lewis decided to gain industrial experience. Her first assignment was with Litton Bionetics in Frederick, Maryland where she participated in cancer research funded by the National Cancer Institute. She conducted laboratory in vitro experiments with a known liver carcinogen using a radioactive tag. Next Ms Lewis worked in the pharmaceutical industry. First she worked for AH Robins in Richmond, Virginia where she analyzed raw materials that would be
used in drug formulations for clinical trials. She also developed procedures to be used by the Quality Control Department that would analyze raw materials for marketed drug formulations. Her second position was with Bell Pharmacal (now Perrigo Corporation) in Greenville, SC . She was the Raw Material Supervisor in the Quality Control Department. It was her responsibility to release the purchased raw materials to manufacturing after testing for compliance with the company’s standards.

Ms Lewis then began her career in education. She started at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC as an adjunct lab instructor in both general and organic chemistry. She then came to Clemson as a part time lab instructor before becoming the General Chemistry Lab Coordinator. Her work here involves overseeing the day to day operation of the general labs for fall and spring semesters under the direction of Dr. Melanie Cooper. She works closely with the Graduate Teaching Assistants who teach the labs. Her other activities here have involved helping with Dr. Cooper’s Immex research and with the Chem Olympiad Exam. This exam seeks out qualified high school students to compete in the international exam each year and is sponsored by the American Chemical Society