Emily Niemeyer

Notable Achievements

Southwestern University was well represented at the American Chemical Society Spring 2022 meeting in San Diego, California. Eight students presented a total of six posters at the meeting: Yusuf Buhari ’23, Sean Calvert ’22, Gabrielle Cano ’22, Natalie Gierat ’22, Rhoda Hijazi ’22, Jared McCormack ’22, Neha Momin ’22, and Ethan Shilgalis ’22. This work was done collaboratively with Associate Professor of Chemistry Mike Gesinski, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sara Massey, and Professor of Chemistry Emily Niemeyer.

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Expertise

analytical chemistry; analysis of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds; Lamiaceae herbs; mass spectrometry; flipped classrooms; inquiry-based and active learning

Emily Niemeyer received her PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998 and her BS from Ohio Northern University in 1993.

Honors

  • Jesse E. Purdy Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Works Award (2022)
  • Southwestern University Teaching Award (2020)
  • Joe S. Mundy Award for Exemplary Service (2017)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Elida High School (2014)
  • Outstanding Texas Women in STEM Award from Girlstart (2013)
  • Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (2009-2010)
  • Southwestern University Excellence in Academic Advising Award (2002-2003)
  • Emily Niemeyer received her PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998 and her BS from Ohio Northern University in 1993.

    Honors

    • Jesse E. Purdy Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Works Award (2022)
    • Southwestern University Teaching Award (2020)
    • Joe S. Mundy Award for Exemplary Service (2017)
    • Distinguished Alumni Award, Elida High School (2014)
    • Outstanding Texas Women in STEM Award from Girlstart (2013)
    • Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (2009-2010)
    • Southwestern University Excellence in Academic Advising Award (2002-2003)
  • My research focuses on understanding factors affecting the production of phenolic compounds in plants. Most of our work has involved herbs within the Lamiaceae family such as basil and lemon balm. We have previously determined how macronutrient fertilization affects the phenolic content and antioxidant properties of basil. We have also quantified how plant maturity influences the development of phenolic compounds and anthocyanins in purple basil. More recently, we investigated the impact of cultivar on the chemical composition of lemon balm and have identified differences in phenolic content and antioxidant properties within medicinal and culinary plants spanning the Lamiaceae family.

  • Recent peer-reviewed publications (* denotes Southwestern University undergraduate co-author):

    Bajomo, Eunice M.;* Aing, Melanie S.;* Ford, Lucas S.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. Chemotyping of Commercially Available Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) Varieties: Cultivar and Morphotype Influence Phenolic Acid Composition and Antioxidant Properties. NFS Journal 2022, 26, 1-9 (this article is open access and may be viewed and downloaded here).

    Destino, Joel F.; Gross, Erin M.; Niemeyer, Emily D.; Petrovic, Steven C. Hands-on Experiences for Remotely Taught Analytical Chemistry Laboratories. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2020, 413, 1237-1244 (this article is open access and may be viewed and downloaded here).

    Ahn, Jiyoun;* Alford, Andie R.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. Variation in Phenolic Profiles and Antioxidant Properties among Medicinal and Culinary Herbs of the Lamiaceae Family. J. Food Meas. Charact. 2020, 14, 1720-1732. (a view-only version of this article may be accessed here).

    McCance, Katherine; Weston, Timothy; Niemeyer, Emily. Classroom Observations to Characterize Active Learning Within Introductory Undergraduate Science Courses. J. Coll. Sci. Teach. 2020, 49, 10-15.

    Wenzel, Thomas J.; Niemeyer, Emily D. Instituting a Group Component to a Final Exam. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2020, 412, 2697-2701. (this article is open access and may be viewed and downloaded here).

    Earling, Mei;* Beadle, Triston;* Niemeyer, Emily D. Açai Berry (Euterpe oleracea) Dietary Supplements: Variations in Anthocyanin and Flavonoid Concentrations, Phenolic Contents, and Antioxidant Properties. Plant Foods Hum. Nutr. 2019, 74, 421-429 (a view-only version of this article may be found here).

    Boneza, Maxime M.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. Cultivar Affects the Phenolic Composition and Antioxidant Properties of Commercially Available Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis L.) Varieties. Ind. Crops & Prod. 2018, 112, 783-789.

    Niemeyer, Emily D.; Zewail-Foote, Maha Investigating the Influence of Gender on Student Perceptions of the Clicker in a Small Undergraduate General Chemistry Course. J. Chem. Ed. 2018, 95, 218-223. (co-first authors)

    McCance, Katherine R.;* Flanigan, Patrick M.;* Quick, M. Montana; Niemeyer, Emily D. Influence of Plant Maturity on Anthocyanin Concentrations, Phenolic Composition, and Antioxidant Properties of 3 Purple Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) Cultivars. J. Food Comp. Anal. 2016, 53, 30–39.

  • Book Contributions

    González-Mederos, Angela; Niemeyer, D. Emily; Wenzel, Thomas J. “Semester-long projects in the analytical chemistry laboratory curriculum” In Active Learning in the Analytical Chemistry Curriculum, 2022, Kovarik, M.L., Robinson, J.K., Wenzel, T.J. (Eds.); ACS Symposium Series, American Chemistry Society: Washington, DC; chapter 14.

    Niemeyer, Emily D.; Gesinski, Michael R. Increasing Student Persistence through Active Learning Pedagogies in the Chemistry Curriculum. In Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education, 2021, Rita Kumar and Brenda Refaei (Eds.); The University of Cincinnati Press: Cincinnati; 137-149.

    McDowell, Derrica*; Niemeyer, Emily D. Factors Influencing the Production of Phenolic Compounds within Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.), In Ocimum: An Overview, 2020, M. Blanchard (Ed.); Nova Science Publishers: New York; 85-120.

    Niemeyer, Emily D. “The path to academia and motherhood: It takes a village” In Mom The Chemistry Professor: Personal Accounts and Advice from Chemistry Professors who are Mothers, 2018, 2nd Edition, Cole, R., Marzabadi, C., Webster, G., Woznack, K. (Eds.); Springer International Publishing: Switzerland.

  • Recent national presentations (* denotes Southwestern University undergraduate co-author):

    Hijazi, Rhoda M.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Phenolic contents and antioxidant properties of commercially available Aloe vera powder products” American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA (2022)

    McCormack, Jared D.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Variations in antioxidant properties among methanolic and aqueous extracts of green tea, ceremonial matcha, and culinary matcha” American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA (2022)

    Meyer, Bailey R.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Comparative study of the phenolic contents and antioxidant capacities of green tea, ceremonial matcha, and culinary matcha” American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (poster archived virtually due to meeting cancellation) (2020)

    White, Haley M.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Phenolic content and antioxidant properties of hot water extracts from commercially available green tea and matcha” American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (poster archived virtually due to meeting cancellation) (2020)

    McDowell, Derrica A.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Influence of plant maturity on antioxidant capacity and phenolic content within 3 cultivars of green basil (Ocimum basilicum L.)” American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (poster archived virtually due to meeting cancellation) (2020)

    Bajomo, Eunice M.;* Ford, Lucas S.;* Aing, Melanie S.* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Variations in total phenolic content and antioxidant capacity in 22 commercially available basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) cultivars” American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL (2019)

    Ford, Lucas;* Armeriv, Andrea; Bilinski, Teresa; Niemeyer, Emily D. “Factors affecting the phenolic composition and antioxidant properties of green and purple basil: soil bacteria, herbivory, and drought stress” American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL (2019)

    Meyer, Robert J.;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Phenolic content and antioxidant properties of fifteen commercially available basil essential oils” American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL (2019)

    Beadle, Triston;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Anthocyanin concentrations, antioxidant properties, and phenolic contents among commercially available acai berry supplements” American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (2018)

    Ahn, Jiyoun;* Alford, Andie;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Antioxidant properties and phenolic concentrations of herbs within the Lamiaceae family” American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (selected for Sci-Mix poster session) (2017)

    Palmer, Cozette;* Reddy, Aubree;* Niemeyer, Emily D. “Effect of plant maturity on antioxidant properties and phenolic concentrations in green basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) cultivars” American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (selected for Sci-Mix poster session) (2017)

    McCance, Katherine R.; Niemeyer, Emily D. “Transforming the undergraduate chemistry experience through active learning: evaluating pedagogical reforms within general and organic chemistry” American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2017)


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