Christine Blaine teaches inorganic, analytical and general chemistry. She is also active in teaching and mentoring students in senior thesis. Her research involves the impact of road salting on the Pike River Watershed, specifically examining chloride and metal ion concentrations in water and soil samples due to water runoff from roadways and sidewalks.
Students performing research with Prof. Blaine gain experience with environmental sampling techniques, spectroscopic instrumentation, and quantification of trace contaminants in the water.Research results are published in the Surface Water Integrated Monitoring System with the Department of Natural Resources. Students have presented their research at regional water conferences and national American Chemistry Society Meetings.
Prof. Blaine also serves as a Carthage Noyce Scholarship Program Co-Principal Investigator — an area she has brought expertise to due to her science outreach work with elementary and middle schools in the Kenosha area.She is committed to doing engaging and active science with all children to foster curiosity and a passion for science. She also serves as a liaison between KUSD schools and Carthage College.
In 2010, she won the Distinguished Teaching Award at Carthage. Before coming to Carthage, she was a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Prof. Blaine is a member of the American Chemical Society; Iota Sigma Pi, an honor society for women in chemistry; and Sigma Xi. She earned her B.A. degree from the College of St. Benedict and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She joined the Carthage faculty in 1995.
- Ph.D. — Inorganic Chemistry, University of Minnesota
- B.A. — Chemistry, College of St. Benedict (Minn.)
- CHM 1020 General Chemistry II
- CHM 2120 Inorganic Chemistry
- CHM 3230 Analytical Chemistry I
- CHM 3240 Analytical Chemistry II
- CHM 4000 Chemistry Senior Thesis
- CHM 4120 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry