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Ruth I Shear

Professor of Practice
College of Natural Sciences

Research Educator, Urban Ecosystems FRI Research Stream; Assessment & Accreditation Coordinator, FRI

Office Location
WEL 3.138

Ph.D., Chemical Physics, Griffith University, Australia, 1992 (Advisor: Alan Knight)
B.Sc. (Hons), First Class Honors, Chemical Physics, Griffith University, Australia, 1985 (Advisor: Alan Knight).
B.Sc., Physical Mathematics, Experimental Physics, & Chemical Physics, Griffith University, Australia, 1984.

2019-present: Professor of Practice, UT Austin
2018-2019: Associate Professor of Practice, UT Austin
2002-2018: Senior Lecturer, UT Austin
1996-2002: Lecturer, UT Austin
1994-1996: Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell U (Supervisor: Paul Houston)
1991-1994: Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford U & Sandia National Labs, Livermore (Supervisors: Dick Zare & Dave Chandler)
1987: Visiting Scientist, MIT (Supervisor: Jeff Steinfeld)

9. E. Ghanem, S.R. Long, S.E. Rodenbusch, R.I. Shear, J.T. Beckham, K. Procko, L. DePue, K.J. Stevenson, J.D. Robertus, S. Martin, B. Holliday, R.A. Jones, E.V. Anslyn, S.L. Simmons. Teaching through research: Alignment of core chemistry competencies and skills within a multidisciplinary research framework J. Chem. Ed. 95(2), 248–258 (2018).

8. M.N.R. Ashfold, D.W. Chandler, C.C. Hayden, R.I. McKay and A.J.R. Heck. Two-Colour Resonant Four-Wave Mixing Spectroscopy of Ammonia Chem. Phys. 201, 237–44 (1995).

7. R.I. McKay, A.S. Uichanco, A.J. Bradley, J.R. Holdsworth, J.I. Steinfeld, J.S. Francisco and A.E.W. Knight. Direct observation of silicon (3P) production following state-selected photofragmentation of (A1B1) silylene J. Chem. Phys. 95, 1688–95 (1991). 

6. R.I. McKay, E.J. Bieske, I.M. Atkinson, F.R. Bennett, (A.J. Bradley, M.W. Rainbird, A.B. Rock, A.S. Uichanco and A.E.W. Knight. Spectroscopy and structure of aromatic-rare gas cluster ions Aust. J. Phys. 43, 683–702 (1990).

5. E.J. Bieske, R.I. McKay, F.R. Bennett and A.E.W. Knight. Photodissociation spectroscopy of aromatic rare gas cluster ions: Low frequency vibrations in p-difluorobenzene+•argon J. Chem. Phys. 92, 4620–1(1990).

4. Y.M. Engel, R.D. Levine, J.W. Thoman, Jr., J.I. Steinfeld and R.I. McKay. Information theoretic analysis of quantal fluctuations in fluorescence lifetimes J. Phys. Chem. 92, 5497–500 (1988).

3. D.J. Muller, R.I. McKay, G.B. Edwards, W.D. Lawrance, J.P. Hardy, A.B. Rock, K.J. Selway, S.H. Kable and A.E.W. Knight. Vibrational relaxation induced by very low energy collisions in the S1(1B2u) state of naphthalene: A search for resonance enhancement of the cross section J. Phys. Chem. 92, 3751–60 (1988).

2. Y.M. Engel, R.D. Levine, J.W. Thoman, Jr., J.I. Steinfeld and R.I. McKay. Quantal fluctuations in fluorescence lifetimes of individual rovibronic levels J. Chem. Phys. 86, 6561–3 (1987).

1.  J.W. Thoman, Jr., J.I. Steinfeld, R.I. McKay and A.E.W. Knight. Wide fluctuations in fluorescence lifetimes of individual rovibronic levels in SiH2 (A1B1) J. Chem. Phys. 86, 5909–17 (1987).




2018 Natural Sciences Council Teaching Service Award

1999 College of Natural Sciences Departmental Teaching Excellence Award

1999 Natural Sciences Council Teaching Excellence Award

FRI: CH204/BIO206L/NSC109/CH108, CH369K/BIO377, UGS303, NSC301C

Chemistry: CH301, CH302, CH455 (lab portion), CH456 (lab portion) CH376K (lab portion), CH153K, CH154K, CH398T