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David William Szymanski

Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2007
MS, Michigan State University, 2004
MS, Michigan State University, 1999
BA, University of St Thomas, 1996
Office: Jennison Hall 128 | 781.891._2901 | dszymanski@bentley.edu
                       


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Bio

David Szymanski, Ph.D. is a geologist with research interests ranging from the chemical evolution of magmas to environmental impacts of human and natural processes on surface waters. He is also a forensic chemist, specializing the examination of glass as trace evidence, and has testified in a number of criminal cases. As a former Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate, Szymanski now involves students in research for nonpartisan policy development on issues of energy, climate and natural resources. As a science communicator and science educator, he conducts pedagogical research on how to teach non-scientists the business of applying scientific concepts to real-world problems.

Teaching Interests

Earth science; The recycling of matter; Forensic science; Applications of chemistry; Energy, natural resource and climate policy

Research Interests

College-level science teaching and learning for non-scientists; Origin and evolution of magmas; Mass balance and scales of element recycling in earth processes; Chemical analysis of glass and other forensic trace evidence

Consulting/Practice Interests

Criminal and civil forensic science consulting

Professional Links

http://www.forsci.com

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Forensic Sciences
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Geophysical Union
Council on Undergraduate Research
Geological Society of America
Geological Society of Washington
Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists
National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Awards and Honors

2013, Faculty Student Research Assistantship, Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, Bentley University and National Biomedical Research Foundation
2013, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
2013, Joseph M. Cronin Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, Bentley University
2013, Research Fellowship, Valente Center for Arts and Sciences
2012, Faculty Student Research Assistantship, Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, Bentley University and National Biomedical Research Foundation
2012, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
2011, Curricular Service-Learning Faculty Award, Bentley Service Learning Center
2011, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
2011, Innovation in Teaching Award, Bentley University
2010, Faculty Student Research Assistantship, Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, Bentley University and National Biomedical Research Foundation
2009, Rauch Faculty Enrichment Fund Grant, Bentley University
2008, AAAS Congressional Science Fellow, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Geological Society of America/U.S. Geological Survey
2008, Selected for the Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI) Writer Workshop, St. Louis, MO, National Science Foundation
2006, New Scientist Award, Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS)

Publications

Journal Articles
Price, J. R., Szymanski, D. W. (2013). The effects of road salt on stream water chemistry of two small forested watersheds in Catoctin Mountain, Maryland, USA. Aquatic Geochemistry.

Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Vogel, T. A., Alvarado, G. E. (2013). Evaluating Complex Magma Mixing via Polytopic Vector Analysis (PVA) in the Papagayo Tuff, Northern Costa Rica: Processes that Form Continental Crust. Geosciences, 3, 585-615.

Deering, C. D., Vogel, T. A., Patino, L. C., Szymanski, D. W., Alvarado, G. E. (2012). Magmatic processes that generate chemically distinct silicic magmas in NW Costa Rica and the evolution of juvenile continental crust in oceanic arcs. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 163 (2), 259-275. (link)

Price, J. R., Hardy, C., Tefend, K. S., Szymanski, D. W. (2012). Solute geochemical mass-balances and mineral weathering rates in small watersheds II: Biomass nutrient uptake, more equations in more unknowns, and land use/land cover effects. Applied Geochemistry, 27, 1247–1265. (link)

Price, J. R., Rice, K. C., Szymanski, D. W. (2012). Mass-balance modeling of mineral weathering rates and CO2 consumption in the forested Hauver Branch watershed, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland, USA. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, early on-line (doi: 10.1002/esp.3373), 17 pp. (link)

Szymanski, D. W., Hadlock, C. R., Zlotkowski, E. A. (2012). Using Public Sector Research Projects to Engage Undergraduates. Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Quarterly, 33 (2), 19-26. (link)

LaGoo, L., Schaeffer, L., Szymanski, D. W., Waddell Smith, R. (2010). Detection of Gunshot Residue in Blowfly Larvae and Decomposing Porcine Tissue using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). Journal of Forensic Sciences, 55 (3), 624-632.

McGaw, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Waddell Smith, R. (2009). Determination of trace elemental concentrations in document papers for forensic comparison using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 54 (5), 1163-1170.

McGaw, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Waddell Smith, R. (2009). Characterization of Undigested Particulate Material Following Microwave Digestion of Recycled Document Papers. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 54 (5), 1171-1175.

Gazel, E., Carr, M. J., Hoernle, K., Feigenson, ., Szymanski, D. W., Hauff, F. (2009). Galapagos-OIB signature in southern Central America: Mantle refertilization by arc-hot spot interaction. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 10 (2), 1-32.

Price, J. R., Heitmann, N., Hull, J., Szymanski, D. W. (2008). Long-Term Average Mineral Weathering Rates from Watershed Geochemical Mass Balance Methods: Using Mineral Modal Abundances to Solve More Equations in More Unknowns. Chemical Geology, 254 (1-2), 36-51. (link)

Bommarito, C. R., Sturdevant, A. B., Szymanski, D. W. (2007). Analysis of forensic soil samples via high performance liquid chromatography and ion chromatography. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 52 (1), 24-30.

Sibley, D. F., Anderson, C. W., Heidemann, M., Merrill, J. E., Parker, J. M., Szymanski, D. W. (2007). Box Diagrams to Assess Students' Systems Thinking about the Rock, Water and Carbon Cycles. Journal of Geoscience Education, 55, 138-146. (link)

Other(s)
Szymanski, D. W. (2013). Academia should heed industry’s scientific plea. The Financial Times (link)

Davis, P. T, Szymanski, D. W, , . (2011). Letter to Editor in rebuttal to John E. Sununu op ed piece promoting fracking shale gas. Boston Globe

Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Doner, L., Davis, P. T., Lyons, R., Wilkinson, K., Foley, K., McGarry, M., Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Aviles, L. (2013). Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Szymanski, D. W. (2013). Communicating geoscience policy: Giving the first live interview. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Thomas, V. A., Patino, L. C., Alvarado, G. E., Szymanski, D. W., Deering, C. D. (2013). An extensive data set for Miocene – Holocene ignimbrites from Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Presented at the 11th Geological Congress of Central America: A Symposium in Honor to Michael J. Carr, Panama City, Panama.

Deering, C. D., Thomas, V. A., Patino, L. C., Szymanski, D. W., Alvarado, G. E. (2013). Magmatic processes that generate chemically distinct silicic magmas in NW Costa Rica. Presented at the 11th Geological Congress of Central America: A Symposium in Honor to Michael J. Carr, Panama City, Panama.

Gulati, G. J., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Snyder, B. J. (2013). "Corn Ethanol Across the Curriculum: Teaching Policy Analysis in an Introductory Course for Non-Majors." Presented at the Annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

Davis, P. T., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Meldrum, H., Doner, L., McGarry, M., Aviles, L., Miller, S. (2013). Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's AGU Chapman Conference - Communicating Climate Science, Granby, CO.

Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A. (2013). Integrating Earth and Environmental Sciences into the Business Curriculum: Exploring Ethanol as a Complex Problem. Presented at the National Science Foundation's NSF-TUES PI Meeting, Washington, D.C..

Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Snyder, B. J., Gulati, G. J., Davis, P. T. (2012). Exploring Corn-Ethanol as a Complex Problem to Teach Sustainability Concepts across the Science-Business-Liberal Arts Curriculum. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Snyder, B. J., Gulati, G. J., Davis, P. T. (2012). A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching Sustainability: Corn Ethanol Across the Curriculum. Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC.

Szymanski, D. W., Bucci, G. D., Adams, V. E., Green, D. V., Markow, W. N. (2011). Engaging undergraduate students in national energy policy through service-learning. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Price, J. R., Szymanski, D. W. (2011). Mass balance modeling of mineral weathering rates in the Hauver Branch watershed, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland: the role of biomass, solving more equations in more unknowns using solid-phase data, and carbon dynamics. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Davis, P. T. (2011). Preparing the next generation of business leaders to confront environmental challenges. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Szymanski, D. W., Wohlers, E. R. (2011). Teaching water quality through technology-enhanced laboratory modules in undergraduate business education. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Thomas, V. A., Deering, C. D., Patino, L. C., Alvarado, G. E., Szymanski, D. W. (2010). Magmatic processes that generate chemically distinct silicic magmas in NW Costa Rica and the evolution of juvenile continental crust in oceanic arcs. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Davis, P. T., Ledley, F. D. (2010). Integrating Earth and environmental science into a business curriculum toward enhanced workforce science literacy. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Vogel, T. A., Valley, J. W., Patino, L. C., Alvarado, G. E., Szymanski, D. W., Deering, C. D. (2007). Oxygen Isotopes of Silicic Volcanic Deposits of NW Costa Rica: A Key to Understanding Crustal Evolution in Central America?. Presented at the American Geophyscial Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Vogel, T. A., Alvarado, G. E. (2007). The importance of mixing in the evolution of silicic magmas in northern Costa Rica. Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Vogel, T. A., Alvarado, G. E. (2006). Using Multivariate Polytopic Vector Analysis (PVA) to Test a Model of Magma Mixing for the Papagayo Tuff, Northern Costa Rica. Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Price, J. R., Hull, J., Szymanski, D. W. (2006). Long-term chemical weathering rates in the periglacial piedmont physiographic province of southeastern Pennsylvania: watershed geochemical mass-balance, saprolitization rates, and evidence for a modern saprolite. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Szymanski, D. W. (2006). "Application of laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) in glass analysis schemes." Presented at the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists's Advanced Trace Evidence Symposium, Ames, IA.

Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Vogel, T. A., Alvarado, G. E. (2006). Juvenile Continental Crust in Costa Rica: High-Silica Miocene-Pliocene Ignimbrites of the Bagaces Formation. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Joint Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Vogel, T. A., Patino, L. C., Alvarado, G. E., Szymanski, D. W. (2004). Silicic Ignimbrites within the Costa Rican Volcanic Front: Evidence for the formation of continental crust. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's AGU Western Pacific Meeting, Hawaii.

Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Bommarito, C. R., Siegel, J. A. (2004). Trace element profiles of float glass fragments determined by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Presented at the AAFS's 56th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, TX.

Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Vogel, T. A., Alvarado, G. E. (2002). Generation of Continental Crust in Central America: New Field and Geochemical Observations on Silicic Magmatism in Costa Rica. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Service

Department Service
Committee Member for Curriculum Committee, 2009 - Present

University Service
Committee Member for Academic Advising Advisory Board, 2013 - Present
Committee Member for Bentley Service-Learning Center (BSLC) Advisory Board, 2011 - Present
Committee Member for Institutional Review Board (IRB), 2011 - Present
Committee Member for Sustainability Task Force, 2011 - Present
Committee Member for Board of Trustees Student Affairs, 2010 - Present
Committee Member for Faculty Honors Council, 2012 - 2013
Committee Member for Director Search, Bentley Service-Learning Center (BSLC), 2012 - 2012

Professional Service
Committee Member for American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Critical Issues Advisory Board, 2013 - Present
Committee Member for Geology & Public Policy Committee, Geological Society of America, 2008 - Present
Reviewer, Grant Proposal for National Science Foundation, 2005 - Present
Invited Lecture/Presentation for Medical College of Wisconsin - 2013
Chairperson for Congressional Science Fellow Search Subcommittee, Geology & Public Policy Committee, Geological Society of America, 2011 - 2012
Chairperson for Geology & Public Policy Committee, Geological Society of America, 2011 - 2012
Committee Member for Director for Geoscience Policy Search Committee, Geological Society of America, 2011 - 2011
Invited Lecture/Presentation for Progressive Business Leaders Network CEO Summit - 2011
Invited Lecture/Presentation for Thermo Fisher Scientific Trace Elemental Analysis Seminar - 2010
Reviewer, Book for National Research Council, National Academies - 2010
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE) - 2010
Invited Lecture/Presentation for Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Mineral Sciences Division - 2009
Invited Lecture/Presentation for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis - 2008
Reviewer, Journal Article for Revista de Ciencias Forenses, Journal of Costa Rican Association of Professional Forensic Scientists - 2007
Invited Lecture/Presentation for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis - 2007
Reviewer, Book for Central America: Geology, Resources and Hazards; Bundschuh & Alvarado (eds.) - 2007

Public Service
Guest Speaker for United States Senate Briefing on Helping Low-Income Households Reduce Energy Bills and Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Improved Manufactured Housing - 2009