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James Girard

Professor Department of Chemistry

Dr. James Girard teaches analytical, environmental and forensic chemistry, as well as chemistry for non-science majors. He is the author of a textbook for environmental and chemistry students, Principles of Environmental Chemistry. He is also the author of a textbook for students interested in forensic science, Criminalistics: Forensic Science and Crime.

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CAS - Chemistry
Beeghly - 210
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(202) 885-1791 (Office)
(202) 885-1752 (Fax)

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Chemistry Department


  • Summer 2017

  • Spring 2018

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • U.S. Department of Energy “Experimental Kinetics and Mechanical Investigations of Hydrocarbon Radicals Relevant to Combustion” (09/2002 - 10/2005)
  • National Institutes of Justice “Development of Y SNP Assays for Multicolor Fluorescence Detection Platform” (01/2002- 12/2003)
  • Department of Education, with Nina Roscher Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Needs, GAANN (08/2000 - 08/2004)

Professional Presentations

  • “Forensic DNA Testing in the USA – CODIS,” Phi Beta Kappa Induction, American University, April 5, 2006
  • “Environmental Testing for Chemical Warfare Agents” American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2005
  • “Forensic DNA Testing in the USA – CODIS” American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2005

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Franklin Fellow, US Department of State, 2009-2010
  • American University Distinguished Scientist Award (1996-1997)
  • American University CAS Award for Outstanding Teacher (1995-1996)
  • Washington Academy of Sciences Recipient of the Leo Schubert Award for Outstanding Teaching (1995)
  • American University Senior Scholar Award (1986-1987)

Selected Publications