Thomas Poon

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Thomas Poon
ResidenceCalifornia, United States
Alma mater Fairfield University
University of California, Los Angeles
Known for Organic Chemistry
Scientific career
Fields Chemistry
Institutions Loyola Marymount University

Thomas Poon is the Executive Vice President and Provost of the Loyola Marymount University and professor of chemistry. He served as Acting President of Pitzer College in 2014 and Interim President from July 2015 to July 2016. [1]

Loyola Marymount University Jesuit university in Los Angeles

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Pitzer College

Poon co-authored a chemistry textbook called Introduction to Organic Chemistry, 4th Edition in 2010, which was published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. [2] [3] He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Council on Undergraduate Research. [4] He has contributed to a number of notable research projects. [5]

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In January 2014, Pitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley announced she had tapped Poon to serve as Acting President during a leave of absence she would be taking in the autumn. Poon assumed the role of Acting President in September 2014.

He has travelled abroad on behalf of Pitzer College. [6] He also participated in the Pitzer College ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in September 2014 using only a small glass of ice water, in an effort to raise awareness about the disease and the California drought. [7]

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Personal life

Thomas Poon earned his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Fairfield University in 1990 and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. [8]

Fairfield University University located in Fairfield, Connecticut

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In an interview, Poon stated that he is the son of an immigrant father. He has cited his father, who brought his family to the United States, as a significant personal inspiration. [9]

He has participated in a number of triathlons and marathons, including the New York City and Boston marathons. [10]

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  1. "LMU Names Thomas Poon as Executive Vice President and Provost". Loyola Marymount University. 2017-03-09. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  2. "Textbook: Introduction to Organic Chemistry, 4th Edition". John Wiley & Sons. Archived from the original on 2015-01-23.
  3. "Pitzer College Professor Authors New Organic Chemistry Book". Pitzer College.
  4. Poon, Thomas; Turro, Nicholas J.; Chapman, Jessica; Lakshminarasimhan, P.; Lei, Xuegong; Jockusch, Steffen; Franz, Roberto; Washington, Ilyas; Adam, Waldemar; Bosio, Sara G. (2003). "Organic Letters". Organic Letters. 5 (26): 4951–4953. doi:10.1021/ol035856y. PMID   14682737.
  5. Clark, Patterson (January 31, 2012). "Urban Jungle: Sweetgum Fruits". Washington Post.
  6. Yicheng, He (March 17, 2014). "Senior Associate Dean of Pitzer College Visits PKU". Peking University; News Express. Archived from the original on January 23, 2015.
  7. "Pitzer College - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge". Pitzer College YouTube.
  8. "Thomas Poon, Ph.D." Claremont McKenna College.
  9. Kawar, Chance (October 10, 2014). "Filling Trombley's Shoes: A Q&A with Pitzer Interim President Thomas Poon". The Student Life newspaper.
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