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Catherine H. Middlecamp, PhD

Catherine H. Middlecamp, PhD

Professor Emerita
University of Wisconsin - Madison

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cathy Middlecamp is professor emerita in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and an affiliate in the Chemistry Department. She also is the former Director for Sustainability Education and Research.

Her scholarship focuses on designing, teaching, and assessing courses that connect chemistry to global challenges such as air quality, climate change, plastics, and nuclear waste.  In 2019, she received the George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, her third national award from the American Chemical Society.

Middlecamp served as the editor-in-chief for the 7th and 8th editions of Chemistry in Context, a project of the American Chemical Society.  She was the lead author for the chapters on air quality, acid rain, ozone depletion, nuclear energy, and sustainability. For more than a decade, she led workshops for faculty development with the author team.

She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science (2003), American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003), and the American Chemical Society (2009). Cathy did her undergraduate studies in chemistry at Cornell University (1968-1972), graduating Phi Beta Kappa.  With a fellowship from the Danforth Foundation, she earned her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.