Phone (cell) : 847 - 323-1435
My teaching philosophy is coherent with
L.Vigotsky's theory of learning in the zone of proximal development, and I
think that teaching students on the appropriate level for their cognitive
abilities as well as on their subject background level is crucial for the
Type 29 & FTB.
Type 09 in Physics with Endorsement in Math expected 9.02
Ph.D. in Phys. Chemistry, M.S. in
Physics&Education, B.S. minor Math
Grants & Awards
Jordan Fundamentals Grant (2002) & Best Poster Award.
Math - teacher in Benito Juarez Community Academy,
experience in Physical Chemistry, Mathematics, & programming. Adept
with Graphing Calculators.
Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew.
Experienced to work with students of different multicultural
Type 29 transitional bilingual certificate (Russian)
basic substitute (90 days)
September, 2002. Illinois Initial
Secondary Certificate (Type 09) in Physics
September, 2002. Endorsement in Secondary
February, 2003. Middle grade
endorsement in mathematics.
Graduate student in DePaul
University, expected graduation, March, 2003
1995 Best Poster Award. EEC-ESF advanced course: "Chemistry of
metals in biological systems", Belgium.
2001 Jordan Fundamentals Grant for using computers in my Algebra
/Advanced Algebra classes.
Proficient in Mathematics’ applications including algebra of operators,
multi–dimensional data processing, statistical analysis, Furrier
transformations, using of stereographic projection, etc.
Proficient with a variety of mathematics software, including LabCalc, Q–Basic,
MathCad, idl, etc.
Familiar with computer programming languages. Experience in FORTRAN
programming. Familiar with FORTRAN mathematical libraries.
Experienced to work with students of different multicultural background.
Have experience to work with students of Mexican background.
Adept with TI83, TI86 Graphing Calculators.
Eager to participate in extracurricular activities
Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew.
are shown as contact hours and not as credit hours.
hours, classes with short description, & grades.
Introduction into analysis and theory of limits, differentiation and
integration of functions of one variable, multidimensional series,
differentiation and integration of functions of several variables,
numerical and functional series, Furrier’s series, differential
equations, equations of partial differentials of the first order, theory
of functions with complex variables, elements of algebra of operators.
Exam I A
Exam II A
Linear space, basis and coordinates, matrices and determinants, Euclid
space, linear operators, square shapes/forms.
Cartesian coordinates, vectors, line and plane, geometric
transformations, curves and surfaces of the second order.
Equations of Mathematical
Linear and pseudo–linear equation of the second order in partial
differentials, equation of the harmonic oscillator, equation of pendulum,
Furrier method, harmonic functions.
Exam I S
Theory of combinations and introduction into probability theory,
probability of values’ uncertainty and laws of distribution,
introduction into mathematical statistics.
Methods and Techniques of teaching Physics
Special tools and media for education
Classes in Laboratories and special topics.
Course thesis. Methods and Techniques of teaching Physics
Credit hours, classes & grades
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
During my Ph.D. I widely applied a graduate level mathematics to solve
quantum mechanical and statistical problems.
A lot of mathematics was acquired by some of my
classes taken during my Ph.D. study. Thus Quantum Mechanics & Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
contained a supreme
amount of mathematics. Also, I widely applied mathematics working on my Ph.D. Thesis.
Overall, my Ph.D. study required quantum mechanical calculations on regular basis.
Spectroscopic methods I have been using required complicated data
processing including Furrier transformations and a lot of statistical analysis.
Most of these calculations required computer programming or editing of available
in laboratory computer programs. I created my computer programs on FORTRAN
77 using NAG/ISML libraries. For tasks which required easier computations I made
macros on idl(UNIX) and used variety of other graphical software. During
my postdoctoral study in Northwestern, I mostly used MathCad and LabCalc
for data processing and theoretical calculations.
To summarize, during my scientific carrier I applied calculus of
multivariable, algebra of operators, analytical geometry, and statistics on
regular basis. Most of these applications required intensive use of computers.
For presentation, I widely used different graphic computer programs. (For
"The role of the iron(II) center in ethylene biosynthesis."
A.Rocklin, D.L.Tierney, V.Kofman, R.Christofferson, B.M. Hoffman, J.D. Libscomb,
and L.Que. Proc. Natl. Acad. Of Sciences, USA, 1999.
"Double Nuclear Coherence Transfer (DONUT) - HYSCORE - a new tool for
the assignment of nuclear frequencies in pulsed EPR experiments."
D.Goldfarb, V.Kofman, J.Libman, A.Shanzer, R.Rahmatouline S., Van Doorslae,
A.Schweiger. Sent to J. Amer. Chem. Soc.
"Two-dimensional pulsed EPR spectroscopy of the copper protein azurin."
V.Kofman, O.Farver, I.Pecht, D.Goldfarb. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 1996, 118, 1201-6.
"Coordination of Cu(II) to lipophilic bis-hydroxamate binders as studied
by one and two-dimensional electron spin echo spectroscopy." V.Kofman,
J.J.Shane, S.A.Dikanov, M.K.Bowman, J.Libman, A.Shanzer and D.Goldfarb. J. Amer.
Chem. Soc., 1995, 117, 12771-8.
"The coordination of VO2+ to hydroxamate binders as studied
by orientation selected ESEEM spectroscopy." V.Kofman, S.A.Dikanov, A.Haran,
J.Libman, A.Shanzer and D.Goldfarb. J.Amer. Chem. Soc., 1995, 117, 383-91.
"EPR-spectra and coordinated state of copper(II) in glasses and crystals
of salt butyrate matrix." T.A.Mirnaya, V.I.Molochaeva. Koord. Khim. 1992,
18, 1175-80 (Russian).
"Crystal structure of barium butyrate and the structure of a vitrified
mesophase based on it." T.A.Mirnaya, A.P.Polishchuk, V.I.Molochaeva and
A.S.Tolochko. Sov. Physics-Crystallogr. 1991, 36, 200-3.
"ESR spectra of copper(II) in crystalline and glassy zinc
butyrate." T.A.Mirnaya, V.I.Molochaeva and V.D.Prisyazhnyii. Zh. Neorg.
Khim. 1990, 35(2), 408-12(Russian).
"Molecular copper centers in potassium tantalite crystals."
I.N.Geifman, V.L.Konovalov, L.I.Berezhinskii, V.I.Molochaeva and
B.K.Krulikovskii. Theor. and Exper. Chem.1988, 24, 541-6.
I would like to express my deep appreciation to all wonderful teachers I met
in my life.
First, a lot of thanks to my dad who taught me to love science. Thanks to my
first teacher in Elementary school Anna Markovna Protopopova, who taught me that
each problem can be approached by different ways. I also appreciate devoted work
of my Physics teacher Alexander Gurievich Belousov and my Math teacher,
Demchenko Sergei Sergeevich, from Science and Math Academy in Kiev. They taught
me concentration while struggling with problems. They also fostered my habit of
independent study. I am sincerely thankful to Mirnaya Tatiana, to Daniella
Goldfarb, and Brian Hoffman. These scientists were not only extremely helpful in
my scientific studies, but they created wonderful atmosphere in their
I appreciate valuable support of my family, my friends, and my colleges.