Lisa Backus

Lisa Backus

Teacher, Deerfield High School
Lisa Backus

Lisa Backus has 15 years of experience as a high school chemistry teacher, 20 years as a chemist in the analysis of construction materials and 8 years as a summer researcher with Northwestern University, the Art Institute of Chicago and Fermilab. Each summer research varied and included the study of gradient copolymers, new uranium compounds, historic paint pigments, solar cells, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, cell-free protein synthesis, Brownian motion of laser trapped particles, and outgassing of detector components. She strives to bring this current research into the classroom in the form of inquiry labs, where students design their own procedures to answer questions. Lisa is a national science teacher award winner for her work with inquiry.

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