Faculty of the Week: Professor Bianca Sculimbrene

By: John Kim

Hometown: Fitchburg, M.A.

Current position on campus: Associate Professor of Chemistry

What is it about your profession that you enjoy it so greatly?: The constant change

Role Model: Too many real-life role models to name, but for a fictitious role model… Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Education: B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University, Ph.D. in chemistry from Boston College

Hobbies: Cooking and baking

Favorite Animal: Turtle

Favorite Book: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling

Favorite Color: Blue (if you have met Isaac, you will understand why).

Favorite Movie: “Ratatouille”

Favorite Song: “The Times They Are A-Changin’” by Bob Dylan

Favorite Sports Teams: Boston Red Sox

Favorite TV Shows: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Legend of Korra”

Favorite On-Campus Meal: Chopped salads

Favorite Off-Campus Meal: Any meal I make for my family, especially if the ingredients are fresh and time is not constrained.

Favorite Aspect of Occupation: The freedom to try new things

Unique Talent: Wrapping presents

Proudest Moment at Holy Cross: Publishing my first scientific paper as the corresponding author.

Something Your Students Do that Frustrate You: Drawing carbon with five bonds (unless they are in Mechanistic Organic Chemistry)

Advice to Your Students: Keep learning—I am happiest on days when I learn something new.

If you can change one thing about Holy Cross, what would it be?: Having more destinations off campus that you can walk to.

What do you admire most about Holy Cross?: The commitment of current and former students to the College.

Funny High School/College Experience: My lowest grade in college was in the subject that I went on to study for my PhD.  

Funny Holy Cross Story: I, along with a colleague and very dear friend, have dived into a Holy Cross dumpster to try to save research notebooks that were mistakenly tossed out.  Actually, this is more of a sad story since the notebooks were never recovered.

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