Dr. Babyak teaches Introductory, Analytical, and Environmental Chemistry classes at Appalachian State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from West Virginia University (WVU) under the guidance of Dr. Ronald B. Smart. Her research involved the development of electrochemical methods for the detection mercury emitted from coal-burning power plants. Prior to her work at WVU, Dr. Babyak was an AmeriCorps member, and worked with coal mine drainage in southwestern Pennsylvania. Dr. Babyak received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent College, in Latrobe, PA, where she was mentored by Dr. Caryle Fish. Dr. Babyak has been at Appalachian since August, 2004.
Research in Dr. Babyak’s group centers around environmental analytical chemistry and environmental monitoring. Students in Dr. Babyak’s group spend time both in the lab developing analytical methods and in the field collecting samples. Current projects include development of an analytical method to quantify environmental endocrine disruptors in water samples and investigation of the effects of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) coal ash spill on water quality and aquatic life in the Emory River. Research ideas suggested by students are also welcomed and encouraged.
Title: Associate Professor, Environmental Science
Department: Department of Chemistry
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Phone: (828) 262-2756