Susan E. Burns
Oct. 28, 1999
Susan E. Burns, an assistant professor of chemistry, died Oct. 9 in Kalamazoo. She was 35.
Burns had been a faculty member since 1996 and was an organic chemist. In late 1996, she was awarded nearly $100,000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct research on the ability of natural waters to degrade pollutants.
Burns earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Chatham College in Pittsburgh in 1989. She went on to earn a doctoral degree in chemistry from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York-Syracuse.
In addition to being an active researcher in the area of environmental chemistry, she served as a faculty mentor and advisor to graduate and undergraduate student researchers.
She also was a member of several chemistry associations, including the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a published researcher in the field of environmental technology.