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Ron  Rinehart

Ronald W. Rinehart, Ph.D.




Office Hours:

rrinehart at 

(831) 646-4152


Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
[and often MUCH later!]


this is an
adjunct position...

Chemistry Department, Division of Physical Sciences
[I've removed links to the "improved" div/dept pages our IT folks have foisted on us]

      Chemistry - CHEM 12AL (Organic Chemistry I  Lab)
      Chemistry - CHEM 30B (Organic/Biochemistry for Health  Sciences)  
      Chemistry - CHEM 1B (General Chemistry II) Summer Session

My "official" faculty home page -- slightly improved!  


this is my
full-time gig!

Laboratory Specialist, Sciences I, Chemistry
     Lab Setup for CHEM:  1A, 1B210, 12A, 12B,  30A,  30B
     Departmental purchasing, budgeting, and inventory control
     Hazardous material storage and disposal
Health and Safety Advisory Committee
Student advisement and instructor resource person
and all sorts of other stuff too numerous to mention!





  I'm finally getting my on-line act together, with the help of MPC's great computer science and instructional technology staff. 
Check out the following chemistry-oriented web sites:

my magnum opus list of chemistry resources:

or its plainer, black & white version at:

and, in case you somehow missed it above, 
my CHEM 30B main page:

my CHEM 1B page: 

and my Organic I page for the course at CSUMB: 

Also highly recommended:


I decided I wanted to be a chemist at the age of eight or nine and have never regretted it. Understanding of chemistry, the central science, leads to a vigorous appreciation of the power of the human intellect, the wonders of life, and the fragility of our environment. As a high school senior in 1962 [before the grade-inflation era!] I scored an 800 on the CEEB Chemistry Achievement Test. 

I have been a full-time lab technician and a part-time instructor at Monterey Peninsula College since late 1998, but have  taught chemistry full-time for over thirty years.  Before coming to MPC,  I taught at several institutions of higher education in the New York City area, including:  St. Joseph's College, Ramapo College of New Jersey,  John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Yeshiva University, and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, where I was chairman of the biochemistry department and assistant dean of the basic sciences division. I served for several years on the biochemistry test committee of the National Board of Podiatry Examiners and have extensive experience in the areas of admissions, health professions advisement, curriculum development, and evaluation of student performance. I have been described by one of my colleagues at MPC as "a walking chemical encyclopedia." 

I am a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Lab Safety Institute, National Fire Protection Association, California Campus Environmental Health and Safety Association, American Association of University Professors, and California School Employees Association, of which I am currently the secretary of Chapter 245.

I read voraciously,  play chess,  pool, and darts, and am an aficionado [and actually a former DJ in NYC] of reggae, socalypso, and world beat music. I also enjoy classical music and art.  I also love hiking, camping, biking, and swimming.  Devoted to gastronomy,  I enjoy dining at the many excellent restaurants in the Monterey area, and,  like most chemists I know,  I'm no slouch myself in the kitchen.  I'm actively involved in community recovery services  ("I was a chemically - dependent chemist!").  My son is currently attending Cal Poly (Pomona), where he is majoring in computer science.


I hold a B.S. in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University
a M.A. in Chemistry from Columbia University
and  a  Ph.D.  in  Biomedical Sciences/Biochemistry  from  the
           City University of New York, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

 [1967, 1968, and 1981, respectively, if you really have to know!]

Got to get a better pic!