Cathrine “Cate” Reck, Ph.D. came to Department of Chemistry at Indiana University in the summer of 2001 to hold the position of Clinical Assistant Professor. She earned a B.A. in chemistry from Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, MI), where she studied a year abroad in Strasbourg, France at the University of Strasbourg. Her Ph.D. is from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) where she did her research in organometallic chemistry, specifically the synthesis of highly metalated aromatic compounds under the direction of Professor Charles H. Winter.
She carried out her postdoctoral work in the synthesis of highly electrophilic olefin polymerization catalysts under the direction of Professor Richard F. Jordan at The University of Iowa and The University of Chicago. After teaching at Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI) for one year, she accepted a teaching faculty position here at IU. Her primary responsibilities are the teaching of freshmen chemistry, non-majors chemistry, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry.