James Donovan, Professor of Natural Sciences
"When I finally learned about Shimer's curriculum, its Socratic style of teaching, its democratic ethos, and its intellectual rigor, I immediately applied for a position, quit my old job, and have life happily ever after."
Donovan has been a member of the Shimer faculty since 1999. Before joining the Shimer faculty, he was a Senior Research Scientist and President of the ADD Technical Advisory Boared at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago.
Ph.D., Biophysics and Theoretical Biology
University of Chicago, 1979
University of Notre Dame, 1975
Donovan, JJ. 2001. Teaching Science Historically Instead of Teaching the History of Science. in The Wider World of Core Texts and Courses, A. Brunello, M. Chiariello, and J.S. Lee, Eds., Association for Core Texts and Courses 2001, pp 85-89
Tarcha P, Misun D, Finley D, Wong M, and Donovan JJ. 1991. Synthesis, analysis and immunodiagnostic applications of poly(pyrrole) latex and its derivatives in Polymer Latexes: Preparation, Characterization and Applications, E.S. Daniels, E.D. Sudol, and M.S. El-Aasser, Eds., ACS Symposium Series 492, p. 347- 367
Shiver JW; Donovan JJ. 1987. Interactions of diphtheria toxin with lipid vesicles: determinants of ion channel formation. Biochim Biophys Acta 903 p48-55
Shiver JW; Dankert JR; Donovan JJ; Esser AF. 1986. The ninth component of human complement (C9). Functional activity of the B fragment. J Biol Chem 261 p9629-36
Donovan JJ; Simon MI; Montal M. 1982. Insertion of diphtheria toxin into and across membranes: role of phosphoinositide asymmetry. Nature 298 p669-72
Donovan JJ; Simon MI; Draper RK; Montal M. 1981. Diphtheria toxin forms transmembrane channels in planar lipid bilayers. Proc Natl Acad Sci (USA) 78 p172-6
Donovan JJ; Latorre R. 1979. Inactivation of the alamethicin-induced conductance caused by quaternary ammonium ions and local anesthetics. J Gen Physiol 73 p425-51
Immunoassay Using Microparticle Neutralization
Indicator Reagents, Diagnostic Assays and Test Kits Employing Organic Polymer Latex Particles
Immunoassay With Built-in Confirmation