Michelle Shulman

Michelle Shulman


School of Science » Chemistry
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Brousseau Hall - 308

Phone: 8220
Fax: 376-4027
Email: mshulman@stmarys-ca.edu
Mail: P.O. Box 4527


  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Washington in Seattle

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • A Tasty Way to Explore Science: The Science of Baking
  • Chemistry of Art: The Exploration of Art Conservation and Restoration


Regularly Taught:

  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Introduction to General Chemistry I Lecture + Laboratory
  • Introduction to General Chemistry II Lecture + Laboratory


Selected Presentations

  • Shulman, Michelle (talk, speech or lecture, other-Workshop Leader)
    "NSF-CWCS Advanced Forensic Science Workshop: Use of Polarizing Light Microscopy (PLM)"
    (July 2009)
  • Case of the Fantastic Forgery: A Chemical Instrumentation Capstone Project. Martin, Ashley and Shulman, Michelle (poster, co-author)
    Art and the Matter Conference, Smith's College
    (October 2007)
  • Case of the Fantastic Forgery: A Chemical Instrumentation Capstone Project. Shulman, Michelle (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    American Chemical Society (ACS)
    (August 2007)
  • Shulman, Michelle (talk, speech or lecture)
    Case of the Fantastic Forgery: Chemistry and Art for Teaching and Research Workshop sponsored by NSF Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops and Community of Scholars (cCWCS) program,Pittcon, Orlando, Florida, March 2012.


  • Wheeler, M., Burgio, L. and Shulman, M. 2011. Materials and Techniques of Kalighat Paintings: Pigment Analysis of Nine Paintings from the Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (MS ID 607769, Journal of the Institute of Conservation, vol. 34, issue 2, pg.173-185, eds. , , ,
  • Yu, Liya, Shulman, Michelle, Kopperud, Royal and Hildemann, Lynn. 2005. Characterization of Organic Compounds Collected During Southeastern Aerosol and Visibility Study (SEAVS): Water Soluble Organic Species, Environmental Science and Technology, issue 39, pg.707-715
  • Yu, Liya, Shulman, Michelle, Kopperud, Royal and Hildemann, Lynn. 2005. Fine Organic Aerosols Collected in a Humid, Rural Location (Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, U.S.A.): Chemical and Temporal Characteristics, Atmospheric Environment, issue 39, pg.6037-6050

Honors, Awards & Grants

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Fellowship - Carnegie Foundation (2007)
  • Screening Technologies - J. Long Foundation (2006)


Scholarly Interests: 


  • Scholarly Interests
    At Saint Mary's College, I am currently pursuing two main avenues of scholarship: (1) Atmospheric Aerosol Research and (2) Research and Design of Forensic Experiments. The avenue, Atmospheric Aerosol Research, demonstrates my on-going scholarship in the area for which I gained expertise as a graduate student at the University of Washington and as a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. The avenue, Research and Design of Experiments, demonstrates my desire to bring new and interesting pedagogies to the classroom to further engage and excite students about chemistry and its broad-range of applications.
    In the area of atmospheric aerosol research, I have worked to develop two projects. The first project explores the potential influence of some model organic compounds on the hygroscopic properties of aerosols. The basis of the research was to determine the influence of atmospherically relevant organic species on the vapor pressure of aqueous (water) systems that mimic the early stages of cloud droplet growth. Measurements of this type have not been reported and the effects of organics on droplet vapor pressure have only been modeled. The second project focuses on the development of a technique to aid in the speciation of atmospheric organics. The potentially most effective and most novel approach for the speciation and quantification of organics is HPLC-UV (High Pressure Liquid Chromatography/Ultraviolet) with SPME. Although direct analysis is possible with HPLC, the concentration of the organic compounds of interest in an atmospheric sample could be too low for detection. SPME could then be used to extract and concentrate polar organics directly from a liquid matrix for analysis using HPLC-UV, allowing for detection of organic materials at concentrations that would otherwise be too low. In the area of Research and Design of Forensic Experiments, I have introduced a series of new experiments into a chemical instrumentation course. In the spring 2007 version of this course, students analyzed a 12th century Russian icon painting to determine if anachronisms were present and to access the paintings authenticity.