Name: Philip Watson
Area of Study / Position Title: Professor (Physical Chemistry)/Associate Chair
Why chemistry? (What about it initially interested you?):
Turned on to chemistry when about 12 after receiving a home chemistry set as a Xmas gift.
Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties?
Used to research chemistry at the surface of things. Nowadays, I teach and look after organizing teaching schedules, scheduling classes, assigning TAs, riding herd over the general chemistry teaching staff.
One thing you truly love about your job?
The light-bulb moment when a student who was struggling with a concept “gets it”.
One interesting/strange factoid about yourself.
I like to play cutthroat competitive duplicate bridge at the local club.