David W Ball, Ph.D.
 Title: Professor
 Dept: Chemistry
 Office: SR 397
 Phone: 216-687-2451
 Fax: 216-687-9298
 Email: D.BALL@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.csuohio.edu/sciences/dept/chemistry/
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. SR 397, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
vibrational spectroscopy; computational chemistry; high energy materials; chemical education
B.S., Chemistry, Baylor University, 1983
M.A., Chemistry, Rice University, 1986
Ph.D., Chemistry, Rice University, 1987
Brief Bio:
(Last update:  August 2017)

David W. Ball is professor of chemistry at Cleveland State University.  His research interests include computational chemistry of new high energy materials, matrix isolation spectroscopy, and various topics in chemical education.  He has over 220 publications, equally split between research articles and educational articles, including eight books currently in print.  Dr. Ball has mentored over 70 undergraduate students in the research lab, with many of his students co-authoring manuscripts.  He has also mentored nine graduate students, including 5 Ph.D. students.  He has won some recognition for the quality of his work, receiving several departmental awards as well as the university's Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2002 and the Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 2010, becoming only the fourth CSU faculty member to be awarded two Distinguished Faculty Awards.  He is also active in professional service, serving on the Board of Governors of the Cleveland Technical Societies Council.  He is currently an alternate councilor for the Cleveland Section of the ACS, and has served Cleveland ACS as Chair in 1998, the year for which the Cleveland Section was awarded Outstanding Section for its size.  He was Chair of the Cleveland Section again for 2009, the only living person to have served so twice.  In 2011, Dr. Ball was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. For the 2011-12 academic year, Dr. Ball served as Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Honors and Awards:
CSU Merit Recognition Award, 2012.
Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2011.
CSU Merit Recognition Award, 2011.
Jennie S. Hwang Faculty Excellence Award, 2010.
CSU Distinguished Faculty Award for Service, 2010.
CSU Merit Recognition Award, Spring 2009.
Visionary Award, Cleveland Technical Societies Council (awarded to someone who furthered the goals and missions of CTSC), May 2008.
CSU Merit Recognition Award, Spring 2007.
College of Science Jearl Walker Outstanding Teaching Award, 2007.
CSU Merit Recognition Award, Spring 2006.
CSU Merit Recognition Award, Spring 2004.
Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) citation for teaching excellence, October 2003.
CSU Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, 2002.
CSU Chemistry Department Teaching Award, May 2002.
CSU Chemistry Department Service Award, May 2002.
Technical Achievement Award (awarded to an outstanding scientist or engineer under the age of 40), Cleveland Technical Societies Council, April 2002.
CSU Merit Recognition Award, Spring 2002.
'Thank A Good Teacher' Award, CSU Center for Teaching and Learning, January 2000.
CSU Chemistry Department Teaching Award, May 1999.
Director's Award for ACS Member Involvement in Government Affairs, American Chemical
Society, August 1998.
Research Interests:
Infrared spectroscopic studies of matrix-isolated species, especially the interaction of transition metal atoms with small molecules; computational chemistry of metal atom - molecule interactions and other intermolecular interactions; chemistry of model lubricant compounds and their decomposition products; thermochemistry of new fuel materials; various topics in chemical education.
Teaching Areas:
Teaching responsibilities include full responsibility for lecture and lab courses of chemistry for non-majors, nursing and health professionals, and science and engineering majors; lecture and lab courses for first-term organic chemistry; lecture and lab courses for undergraduate physical chemistry; lectures for graduate-level physical chemistry (including statistical mechanics, spectroscopy, quantum mechanics, chemical teaching, computational chemistry); freshman orientation courses.  Have also worked to develop general chemistry and physical chemistry as a distributed-learning opportunity.
Professional Affiliations:
American Chemical Society; Cleveland Technical Societies Council; American Association of Chemistry Teachers
Professional Experience:
2002 - present. Professor of Chemistry, Cleveland State University.
July 2011 - May 2012: Distinguished Visiting Professor, United States
Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1996 - 2002. Associate Professor of Chemistry, Cleveland State University.
1990 - 1996. Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Cleveland State University.
1988 - 1990. Post-doctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
1987 - 1988. Post-doctoral Researcher, Rice University.
University Service:
Faculty Advisor, CSU Chapter, Secular Student Alliance, August 2015 - present.
Chair, Department of Chemistry, January 2013 - present.
Chair, COSHP Curriculum Committee, August 2010 - May 2011.
Director, CSU Center for STEMM Education, April 2010 - May 2011.
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs, Department of Chemistry, January 2009 - May 2014.
Member, Jearl Walker Outstanding Teaching Award Committee, Fall 2007.
Deputy Director, CSU Honors Program, May 2007 - December 2008.
Chair, Distinguished Faculty Awards Committee, 2007.
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs, Department of Chemistry, August 2005 - May 2007.
Member, College of Science Peer Review Committee, Sept. 2005 - Aug 2007.
Member, College of Science Budget and Planning Committee, Sept. 2004 - May 2006.
Chair, Sept. 2004 - May 2006.
Member, College of Science Steering Committee, Sept. 2004 - May 2006.
Member, University Curriculum Committee, Sept. 2004 - May 2006.
Co-chair, Ad Hoc Committee for Promotion and Tenure Standards, Department of Chemistry,
January - May 2005.
Member, Department of Chemistry Chair Advisory Committee, January 2005 - May 2007.
Member, A&S College Peer Review Committee, AY 2003 - 4.
Member, College of Education Teacher Education Advisory Committee, 2003 - present.
Member, Faculty Senate, Fall 2001 - Spring 2004.
A&S Representative to Steering Committee, AY 2002 - 3.
Chair, A&S Caucus, AY 2003 - 4.
Representative, Graduate Admissions & Standards Committee, Fall 2001 - Spring 2003.
Member, A&S Dean's Faculty Enrichment Advisory Committee, Sept. 1999 - 2004.
Coordinator of General Chemistry, October 1999 - September 2003.
Member, Computational Services Committee, Sept. 1999 - Sept. 2003.
Chair, Sept. 2002 - Sept. 2003.
Member, Presidential Commission on the Future of Information Technology, January 2003 -
September 2003.
Member, Arts & Science Budget & Planning Committee,
Fall 1999 - Spring 2003.  Co-chair, AY 2002 - 03.
Member, University Planning Steering Committee, August 2002 - April 2003.
Member, Distinguished Faculty Awards Committee, 2003.
Representative, Graduate Council, 1996 - 8.
Representative, Graduate Faculty Academic Standards Committee, 1998 - 2000.
Service on various departmental committees, including Curriculum, General Chemistry,
Physical Chemistry (chair), Personnel Review Committee for Promotion
        and Tenure (chair), Awards, Search (chemistry/chemistry chair, education, IS&T),
Professional Service:
American Chemical Society
        Fellow, 2011.
        Member, ACS National Local Section Activities Committee, January 2011 - present.
        Member, ACS National Committee on Nomenclature, Symbols, and
                Terminology, January 2012 - present.  Associate member, 2011.
Chair, Cleveland Section, 2009 (includes service as Chair-Elect, 2008; Past
                Chair, 2010)
Organizer and program chair, Cleveland Section ACS Meeting-In-Miniature, 2006.
Councilor, Cleveland Section ACS, 2001 - present (currently in fourth term).
Member, 2006 Second Term General Chemistry Examination Committee, ACS Exams
Member, ACS National Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs, 2001 - 2010.
Chairman, Cleveland Section, 1998.  (Includes service as Chair-Elect, 1997;
Past Chair, 1999.)
Expositions Chair, 30th Central Regional ACS Meeting, 1997 - 8.
Member, Irene Heller Award Jury, 1999 - 2001.
Member, Central Regional Award for High School Teaching Jury, 2000.
Organizer, American Chemical Society Cleveland Section Meeting-In-Miniature, 1997.
Treasurer, Cleveland Section, 1995 - 6.
Session Chair, American Chemical Society Cleveland Section Meeting-In-Miniature,
Host to regional and national examinations for the International Chemistry
Olympiad, 1998 - 2001.

Cleveland Technical Societies Council
President, July 2001 - June 2004.
Treasurer, July 1999 - June 2001.
Member, Scholarship Committee, February 2000 - present.  Co-chair, November
2000 - present.
ACS Representative to the Board of Governors, 1998 - present.

Ohio Supercomputer Center
Chairman, Statewide Users Group, September 1998 - September 2000.
Vice-Chairman, Statewide Users Group, September 1997 - September 1998.
CSU Representative to Statewide Users Group, 1996 - present.
Organizer, OSC Graduate Student Workshop/Conference, August 2000; organizer,
2nd Annual Workshop/Conference, August 2001; organizer, 3rd Annual Workshop/Conference, August 2002; organizer, 4th Annual Workshop/Conference, August 2003; organizer, 5th Annual Workshop/Conference, August 2004.

Contributing Editor, Spectroscopy, 1994 - 2014.

Reviewer for NSF, Ohio Supercomputer Center, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Education, High Temperature and Materials Science, Chemical Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Journal of Molecular Structure, ACT, GRE, Praxis testing programs, various textbook companies.
Research Grants:
(since 2002)
"Theoretical investigation of the different configurations of silicon carbide tubes"  NASA Glenn Research Center, June - September 2002.  $12,000.  Funded, June 2002.

"Quality Urban Educators"  Francine Peterman, director; David W. Ball, co-director.  US Department of Education, September 2002 - August 2005.  $1.34 million.  Funded, August 2002.

"High-Level Calculations on the Energy Content and Bond Energies of Greenhouse Gases"  National Center for Supercomputer Applications.  10,000 service units.  Granted, October 2002.

"Hydrogen Bonding Between Squaric Acid and Nucleic Acid Bases:  A Model for a New Type of DNA Intercalation"  Ohio Supercomputer Center, Columbus, OH.  10,000 resource units.  Granted, July 2005.

"Northeast Ohio Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teacher Education"  Joanne E. Goodell, PI; David W. Ball, Carol Phillips-Bey, Jerry Reed-Mundell, Ieda Rodrigues, co-PIs.  September 2006 - August 2007.  $62,801, Ohio Board of Regents.  Granted, September 2005.

"Making the Nature of Science and Scientific Inquiry Explicit Parts of the K-3 Classroom"  Scott Sowell, PI; David W. Ball, co-PI.  OBOR Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program, $85,760.  Granted, January 2007.

"Computational Chemical Research into New High Energy Materials:  A Summer Undergraduate Research Experience"  David W. Ball, PI.  Provost's Office, CSU, $10,147.  Funded, Summer 2007.

"How We Know What We Know About Molecules and Living Things"  A Learning Community Proposal to Cleveland State University.  David W. Ball, director; F. Paul Doerder and A. Ralph Gibson, participants.  Supported, Fall 2007.

"Computational Chemical Research into New High-Energy Materials Based on Spiropentane"  David W. Ball, PI.  Provost's Office, CSU, $9841.  Funded, Summer 2008.

"Computational Chemical Research into New High-Energy Materials Based on Alkylazo Compounds"  David W. Ball, PI.  Provost's Office, CSU, $10,302.  Funded, Summer 2009.

"CSUTeach:  Preparing a New Generation of Noyce Scholars"  Joanne Goodell and Miron Kauffman, co-PIs; David W. Ball et al., contributors.  National Science Foundation, $800K, Funded, May 2009.

"A Chemical Demonstrations Library for the Chemistry Department"  David W. Ball and Jerry Mundell.  CSU Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching Enhancement Awards Program, $5000.  Funded, January 2010.

"Computational Chemistry of Potential New High Energy Materials"  David W. Ball.  American Chemical Society Project SEED, $2800.  Granted, Summer 2010.

"Computational Investigation of New Green High Energy Materials Based on Urea Derivatives"  David W. Ball.  Provost's Office of CSU, $9,196.  Funded, April 20, 2010.

"Choose Ohio First"  David W. Ball.  Ohio Board of Regents, $171,000.  Granted, July 2011.