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Ellene (Nina) Contis, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Director of the CSIE Program

Dr. Ellene (Nina) Contis 501R Mark Jefferson Science Complex

734.487.0304

econtis@emich.edu

Education

PhD, University of Michigan

MS, University of Pittsburgh

BS, Youngstown State University

 

Analytical and Radioanalytical Chemistry

Interests and Expertise

My research interests include: the study of short-lived fission products of 235U; the use of electronic technology in chemical education of both non-science majors and analytical chemistry students; issues for women in science; and the study of trace elements in food.

Publications

  • E. Tratras Contis, “Global engagement: A cognitive advantage in the practice of chemistry”, ACS News Comment, Chemical & Engineering News , page 50, 4/3/2017.
  • Tratras Contis, “Water: Global Issues, Local Solutions” in Chemistry without Borders: Careers, Research, and Entrepreneurship , ACS Book chapter 8, pp. 57-76. (publication date web 8/17/2016)
  • E. Tratras Contis, “Energizing global thinking as part of ACS’s diversity and inclusion efforts”, ACS News Comment, Chemical & Engineering News , 8/1/2016.
  • E. Tratras Contis, “Advancing Science, Engaging STEM Learners”, The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning, Vol. 20, Issue 4, November 2014, p 81-89.
  • Caniglia, J and Tratras Contis. E., “Traveling Salesman Solves a ‘Meals on Wheels’ Problem: Utilizing Academic Service-Learning in an Algebra /Computer Science Course”, in Essays on Mathematics and Statistics, Volume 3, Vladimir Akis (Ed.), Athens Institute for Education and Research (2013).
  • Published refereed proceedings of the 13th International Flavor Conference, F. Shahidi, C.J. Mussinan, C.T. Ho, and E. Tratras Contis (Eds.), Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge CB4 0WF UK (2012).

  • Published refereed proceedings of the 12th International Flavor Conference, F. Shahidi, C.J. Mussinan, C.T. Ho, and E. Tratras Contis (Eds.), Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge CB40WF UK (2010).
  • Published refereed proceedings of the 11th International Flavor Conference, A.M. Spanier, F. Shahidi, T.H. Parliament, C.J. Mussinan, C.T. Ho, and E. Tratras Contis (Eds.), RSC Cambridge UK (2005).

  • Food Flavors and Chemistry: Advances of the New Millennium, A.M. Spanier, F. Shahidi, T.H. Parliament, C.J. Mussinan, C.T. Ho, & E. Tratras Contis (Eds.), Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge UK (2001).
  • E. Tratras Contis, "Use of Nuclear Techniques for the Measurement of Trace Elements in Food-Part II", in Food Flavors and Chemistry: Advances of the New Millennium, A.M. Spanier, F. Shahidi, T.H. Parliament, C.J. Mussinan, C.T. Ho, & E. Tratras Contis (Eds.), RSC, 274, 420-423 (2001).

  • E. Tratras Contis, K. Rengan, H.C. Griffin, "Gas Phase Chemical Reaction of Fission Products using the Gas Jet Technique", refereed proceedings of 8th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Baltimore MD (April 2000).
  • E. Tratras Contis, ”Use of nuclear techniques for the measurement of trace Elements in food”, Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 243, No. 1 (2000) 53-58.

  • E. Tratras Contis, K. Rengan, and H.C. Griffin, “Gas Phase Chemical Reactions of Fission Products with Ethylene Using the Gas Jet Technique”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 422 (1999) 502-504.

  • E. Tratras Contis and Y. Xie, “Informed Public Decision Support System for Sustainable Development”, proceedings of International Conference on “Tourism and Culture for Sustainable Development”, 1998.
  • Food Flavors: Formation, Analysis and Packaging Influences, E. Tratras Contis, C.T. Ho, C.J. Mussinan, T.H. Parliament, F. Shahidi, & A.M. Spanier (Eds.), Developments in Food Science 40, Elsevier, 1998.
  • E.T. Contis and K. Rengan, “Evolution of Radiochemical Procedures: From Marie Curie to Darleane Hoffman”, Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 203, No. 2 (1996) 271-280.
  • E.T. Contis, "Analysis of Drinking Water Near and Far from Thermal Springs Using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis", in Food Flavors: Generation, Analyses, and Process Influence, 37, G. Charalambous (Ed.), Elsevier Publishing, Amsterdam (1995) 2109-2116.
  • N. Davis, A. Schaffer, E.T. Contis, K. Rengan, and H. Griffin, "Transport Time of Volatile and Nonvolatile Fission Products", Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research, A 353 (1994) 627-630.
  • E.T. Contis, K. Rengan, H. Griffin, "Chemical Reactions of Fission Products with Ethylene Using the Gas Jet Technique", Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research, A 353 (1994) 631-634.
  • E.T. Contis, "An Overview of Radiochemical Methods to Determine Trace Elements", in Food Flavors, Ingredients and Composition, 32, G. Charalambous (Ed.), Elsevier, Amsterdam (1993) 841-55.
  • E.T. Contis and D.B. Phillips, Investigating Chemistry: Up 'N Atom, 2nd Ed., Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1993.

Selected Refereed Presentations

  • E. Tratras Contis, “The American Chemical Society: Sharing best practices in the global chemical enterprise“, ACS Symposium, San Francisco CA, April 3, 2017.
  • E. Tratras Contis, “Water: Global Issues, Local Solutions Water Treatment and Innovation”, keynote, 1st UMT International Conference on Pure and Applied Science, University of Management and Technology, Lahore Pakistan (3/5-7, 2016).
  • N. Glazer, E. Tratras Contis, and Y. Glazer, “A Technology-Rich Kinesthetic Approach for Teaching and Learning”, presentation, 22nd International Conference on Learning, The Learner, Madrid SP, 9-11 July 2015.
  • E. Tratras Contis and N. Glazer, “A Technology-Rich Kinesthetic Approach for Teaching and Learning”, 3rd Annual International Conference on chemistry & Physics, Athens GR, 20-23 July 2015.
  • E. Tratras Contis, “Creating a Faculty Fellows Community: Developing Collaboration Through Facilitation”, webinar through STEP Central, March 20, 2014; and workshop, Transforming STEM Education Conference of the AAC&U, San Diego, November 2013.
  • E. Tratras Contis, “Analysis of drinking water from the Blue Zone island of Ikaria Greece”, ACS   Environmental Symposium, September 2013.
  • E. Tratras Contis,  “Advancing Science, Engaging STEM Learners”, 44th World IUPAC Congress, Istanbul TU August 2013, and the International Learners Conference, Rhodes, GR, July 2013.
  • D. Allen, E. Tratras Contis, and M. Georgiopoulos , “Sustainability”, facilitators for STEP SIG at the NSF STEP PI meeting, Washington DC, March 15, 2012.
  • E. Tratras Contis, “From Marie Curie to Today: A Montage of Women in Chemistry”, invited talk, International Women in Science: Challenges and Triumphs Symposium, ACS, Anaheim CA, March 28, 2011.
  • E. Tratras Contis and A. Seaman, “Creating Community for Student Retention in STEM”, 23rd           International Conference on The First Year Experience, Maui Hawaii, June 2010.
  • E. Tratras Contis, J. Caniglia and K. Stacey, “Creative Scientific Experience:  Lessons Learned”, 3rd International Conference on Interdisciplinarity in Education, Athens GR, March 2007.
  • E.T. Contis, “The Preparation of the Entry-Level University Chemistry Student”, XIth International Conference on Computers in Chemistry Research and Education, Paris FR, July 1995.
  • E.T. Contis, "Interactive Simulations: Interface Between Computers, Chemistry, and the User", Xth International Conference on Computers in Chemical Research/Education, Jerusalem IL, 7/1992.

Honors and Awards

  • American Chemical Society Fellow, 2015
  • Fulbright Specialist Scholar, 2014-2019.
  • Michigan Philanthropy Award, Distinguished Volunteer for Women in Philanthropy at EMU, Fall 2012.
  • Institutional Award for cross-divisional work on the Research Undergraduate Symposium, 2003.
  • Michigan Association of Governing Boards' Distinguished Faculty, 1993.

  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at Eastern Michigan University, 1979.


Website:

www.emich.edu/csie


Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society

  • Chair of the Committee on International Activities
  • Councilor of the Huron Valley Local Section

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Council on Undergraduate Research


Courses Taught

Chemistry & Its Environment (online)
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Environmental Chemistry
Nuclear Chemistry Techniques

The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold