Jack Norman

Jack Norman

Professor Norman came to the University of Wisconsin Extension –Green Bay campus on Deckner Avenue in the fall of 1968. The first year was challenging –teaching classes, hiring faculty, ordering and assembling equipment for the new campus, and designing and gaining approval for courses to be offered as part of a new, innovative four-year curriculum. Perhaps the most challenging task was to design and implement a three-semester integrated chemistry-physics course sequence required of most students in the physical and biological sciences.

Professor Norman used Guided Design, a method of instruction that requires students to read and work on pre-specifiedcontent segments or problems. He taught the moduleabout heat and thermodynamics using the design of an efficient fireplace as the focus of this course segment. He chaired the Chemistry-Physics and Chemistry programs for several years.

Professor Norman was a dedicated teacher who enthusiastically taughtlarge enrollment introductory courses, as well as upper level physical chemistry and radiochemistry courses. He also was part of a team who taught Ecosystems Analysis, an upper level course required of Environmental Science students. He was an outstanding lecturer —organized, clear, and concise –who highlighted many of his lectures with memorable classroom demonstrations of physical and chemical phenomena. He had an outstanding ability to weave into his lectures important landmark discoveries that have led to the further advancement of science. Professor Norman's specialty was radiochemistry. He assisted faculty andstudents in planning and performing classroom experiments and research projects using radioisotopes.

He chaired the campus RadiationSafety Committee for over three decades. He also taught classes for the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation as part of the University of Maryland Nuclear Science program His research included collaborations with other faculty members, undergraduatestudents, and graduate students. His projects, published papers, and reports dealt primarily with nuclear chemistry, environmental-related concerns, and problems associated with the paper industry. They included the cycling of phosphorus and algae in Green Bay and Lake Michigan, using cloud seeding for weather modification, monitoring the radon concentrations in buildings, de-inking waste paper using ultrasound, and the removal of sulfur from paper mill waste liquors.

When Jack came to Green Bay in 1968, he and his wife Carol bought a house on the bay near the University. The University subsequently purchased the house that we now identify as the “Lambeau Cottage”, so-called because it was once the residence of Curly Lambeau, the founder and first coach of the Green Bay Packers.After 33 years of dedicated service to the University, Professor Norman retired in 2001 with the rank of Professor Emeritus ofNatural and Applied Sciences.

SERVICE: Chair of Chemistry-Physics Option, 1971-1974, Chair of Chemistry Program, 1989-1992


B.S. (1960) New Hampshire; Ph.D. (1965) UW-Madison