Professor of Chemistry

Science 266

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 552-6406




B.S. Chemistry with honors (1981) University of Hawaii at Manoa

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry (1987) Colorado State University



Universal Energy Systems Summer Research Fellow, Astronautics Laboratory, Edwards AFB, (1990)

Sabbatical at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, Ashland OR (2002-2003)

Joined SOU Chemistry department in 1987


Teaching Areas: 

Organic Chemistry (Ch334/5/6) with Laboratory (Ch337/8)

Organic Spectroscopy (Ch 340)


Scholarly Interests:

                MALDI-TOF analysis of hemoglobins for species identification

                Applications of Peer Led Team Learning, Guided Inquiry in the Classroom




"Students as Letter Writers: How Letters Inform Instructors", Kirms, L.M., Journal of Chemical Education, 2004, 81, 982.


"The Identification of Sodium Fluoroacetate (Compound 1080) Employing NMR Spectroscopy", Kirms, M.A., Kirms, L.M., Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2002, 47, 573.


"Photochemical Rearrangements of Silyl-Cyclopropenes Which Afford Pathways to Allenes." Kirms, M.A, Salcido, S.; Kirms, L.M., Tetrahedron Letters, 1995, 36, 7979.


"Synthesis of Functionalized Bicyclic Dioxopiperazines via Intramolecular Epoxide Ring Opening", Williams, R.M.; Maruyama, L.K., Journal of Organic Chemistry, 1987, 52, 4044.


"Divergent, Generalized Synthesis of Unsymmetrically Substituted 2,5-Piperazinediones", Williams, R.M.; Armstrong, R.W.; Maruyama, L.K.; Dung, J.S.; Anderson, O.P.,  Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1985, 107, 3246.



"A New GC-MS for Chemistry", McDougal, O.M.; Kirms, L.M., $74,000 funded by Agilent Technologies, 2003.


"Synthesis of Tetranitrohomocubane", L.M. Kirms, $20,000 funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 1990.


"FT-NMR for Improved Undergraduate Research and Instruction", L.M. Kirms, $71,000 funded by the National Science Foundation, 1989.