David H. Magers
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
David is in his twenty-eighth year at Mississippi College. During this time he has taught over 30 different classes in four different disciplines. Family:
David and his wife Tina live in Clinton with their cocker spaniels, Magic and Rocket, and their Shih Tzu, Bella. Tina works as the Nursing Excellence Coordinator and the Nursing Research Coordinator at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. She earned her Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration at William Carey University. David and Tina have two sons, Brandon and Andrew. Brandon is a 30-year-old, Physical Chemistry professor at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Brandon earned his doctorate in Theoretical Chemistry in May, 2014, from the University of Georgia. He married Lesley Pound, originally from Pontotoc, Mississippi, in July of 2014. Lesley is a dental hygienist. They currently live in Hartford City, Indiana and are expecting a son at the end of November! Andrew is 27 years old and works as a councilor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He completed work for his Psychology Doctorate from Wheaton College in Illinois earlier this summer. The last year of the program was an internship. Andrew's was at the Salina Regional Medical Center in Salina, Kansas. In October of 2013, Andrew married Holly Mallalieu from Plant City, Florida. They currently live in Baton Rouge with their cat Nessie.Academic Interests:
Electronic structure theory, accurate calculation of molecular properties, models for determining conventional strain energies, models for computing heats of formation, and the dialog between science and religion.Education:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in theoretical inorganic chemistry,
Harvard University, 1988-1989.
Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry/chemical physics with a double-minor in
mathematics and physics, University of Florida, 1988.
B.S. in chemistry with a minor in physics, Mississippi College, 1982.Positions:
Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Physics, Mississippi College, 2001-present.
Director of the Computational Chemistry Research Group,
Visiting Research Professor, Jackson State University,
Summers 1994, 1995, and 2008 - 2013.
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduate Coordinator,
Mississippi College, 2009-present.
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Computer Systems
Manager, Mississippi College, 1995-present.
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Mississippi College, 1995-2001.
Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of West Florida,
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer
Science, Mississippi College, 1989-1995.Professional Scientific Organization Affiliations:
American Chemical Society
Division of Physical Chemistry
Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry
Mississippi Section - Treasurer
Council on Undergraduate Research
Mississippi Academy of Sciences
Institute on Religion in an Age of Science
Center for Theology in the Natural Sciences
American Scientific Affiliation
American Association for the Advancement of ScienceAwards:
2013 Recipient of the Johnnie-Marie Whitfield Service Award from
Mississippi Section of the American Chemical Society
2011 Alumnus of the Year, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,
Civitan's Men's Club of MC Faculty Member of the Year, 2008.
H.E.A.D.W.A.E. (Higher Education Appreciation Day - Working for
Academic Excellence) State of MS, MC Faculty Honoree, 2006
Mississippi College Distinguished Professor of the Year, 2005
Chemist of the Year, Mississippi Section of the American Chemical
College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer, MC, 2003.
Outstanding Young Men of America, 1990.Computational Chemistry Group Highlights:
11 Current Members
81 Former Members
1 Doctoral Dissertation
5 Masters Theses
28 Senior Honors Theses
454 Student Presentations
43 Invited Lectures
CHE 317-A - Chemical Dynamics (P-Chem I)
11:00 -11:50 AM, Hederman Science 312
CHE 6531 - Graduate Chemistry Seminar
4:30 - 5:30 PM, MCC 402
CHE 317-1 - Physical Chemistry I Lab
1:30 - 4:30 PM, Hederman 405 and 408
CHE 411/54 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
9:25 - 10:40 AM, MCC 402
CHE 431 - Senior Chemistry Seminar
4:30 - 5:30 PM, MCC 402
CHE 317-2 - Physical Chemistry I Lab
1:30 - 4:30 PM, Hederman Science 405 and 408
CHE 6530-Y - Chemical Literature
4:30 - 7:00 PM, Hederman Science 408