The chemistry department held a reception on Wednesday, May 12th to celebrate Dr. Jamie Adcock’s retirement after 36 years of distinguished service to the university. Dr. Schweitzer spoke as the mentor and friend of Dr. Adcock at the reception. The department head Dr. Craig Barnes presented a retirement plaque to Dr. Adcock in honor of her diligent teaching, research and services to the department.
Dr. Jamie Leanne Adcock, a native of Texas, a Member of the Board of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, and a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee since September 1974, where she teaches and does Research. Her major hobby is gardening and landscaping.
She obtained her B.S. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and contintued her education there and received Ph.D in 1971. Upon graduation, she accepted a postdoctoral appointment at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked there from 1971 to 1974. Dr. Adcock then joined the University of Tennesse at Knoxville in 1974 and served as a professor in the chemistry department since then.
Dr. Adcock describes her experience in the department as “intellectually challenging, enjoyable and grounding”. “Working with students keeps one young at heart, doing research is an intellectually challenging and mind-broadening experience which is also a lot of fun. Exploring the unknown is quite an adventure.”
Dr. Adcock’s research mainly focuses on the synthesis of novel fluorinated molecules utilizing the aerosol-phase direct fluorination process developed in her laboratory. Her other interests include the development of molecular scale electronic device elements.
Dr. Adcock plans to pick up her hobby after retirement and enjoy her free time with family. “I am going to get around to a lot of projects in my yard and garden that had to take a back-seat during my working career. Travel to Our National Parks, Africa Safari, Egypt and Australia& New Zealand. Enjoying my grand children”.