Faculty of the Week: Professor Seth Barrett

By John Kim, Features Editor

Hometown: Vincent, OH

Current position on campus: Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

What is it about your profession that you enjoy it so greatly: Talking with and working with students in class and in lab.

Role Model: My parents

Education: B.S. in Chemistry, B.A. in Art from Muskingum University, and Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of North Carolina

Hobbies: In addition to chemistry, I enjoy making ceramic art pieces and staying current with automotive news.

Favorite Subject: Chemistry, art, and history

Favorite Animal: Cats and dogs

Favorite Book: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Favorite Color: Red, followed closely by black.

Favorite Movie: I have many favorite movies. The first couple that come to mind are “Interstellar,” “The Martian,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Godfather,” and any movie starring and/or directed by Clint Eastwood.

Favorite Song: This is a tough one. I am a big fan of classic rock. The first couple songs that come to mind are “Dream On” by Aerosmith, “Hells Bells” by AC/DC, “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, and “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young.

Favorite Sports Teams: I’m partial to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. OH-IO! Go Bucks!

Favorite TV Shows: “Top Gear,” “House of Cards,” “Breaking Bad,” “The West Wing,” & “Parks and Recreation”

Favorite On-Campus Meal: I don’t eat on campus very often, but the Christmas lunch was fantastic!

Favorite Off-Campus Meal: I love Indian food, especially chicken tikka masala.

Favorite Aspect of Occupation: The interaction with students. I enjoy having conversations with my students, getting to know each student in my class personally, and learning how I can explain material from class in several different ways.

One Thing in Your Bucket List: Own a Corvette. I’ve always wanted one, but the practical side of me says I shouldn’t own one.

Unique Talent: Throwing ceramic pieces on a potter’s wheel

Proudest Moment at Holy Cross: It’s a cliché, but it’s also true. My proudest moments are seeing my students thoroughly understand a difficult topic for the first time.

Something Your Students Do that Frustrate You: This isn’t specifically my students, but running in the Science Complex. To me, running indicates something has gone wrong. Please do not run inside the Science Complex.

Advice to Your Students: Broadly, I advise my students not to believe preconceived notions about new classes, especially in the intermediate and upper-level science classes. Give the class (and subject) time for you to form your own opinion about the subject. More specifically, I advise my students to take the time to read each class problem carefully, noting the information given in the problem, the information we need to determine, and what equations/knowledge we can use to solve the problem.

Your Mantra: One step at a time, one day at a time. Also, no worries! Finally, great work out of you!

If you can change one thing about Holy Cross, what would it be? More parking closer to the academic buildings.

What do you admire most about Holy Cross? From day one, it became readily apparent that the students, faculty, and staff of Holy Cross are personable, friendly, kind, and always willing to help. There is a strong sense of community that makes Holy Cross a great place to work and study.

Funny High School/College Experience: It’s 5 pm on Friday, let’s drive to Florida tonight…

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