Cristina Bonaccorsi, lecturer, received her Masters in Chemistry (summa cum laude) at the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2001 with Prof. Piero Leoni, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, in 2005, under the supervision of Profs. Antonio Mezzetti and Antonio Togni. She then came to Iowa State University as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor V. S.-Y. Lin (2006 – 2007). Her research interests were focused on organometallic chemistry and its catalytic applications. Since 2007 she has been teaching general chemistry at ISU and DMACC.