20 Questions with assistant professor of chemistry January Haile
September 15, 2011
Haile with her husband Aaron and their daughter Charlotte.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Athens, Tenn. It is a town about the size of Danville with the slogan “The Friendly City.”
3. What are your hobbies?
Reading, traveling and cooking.
4. What is your dream vacation?
Taking the summer to explore foreign cities with my family. There are just too many places to choose to pick only one.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
Work of art: “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by George Seurat. Artist: Sarazen Haile — she may be my sister, but she’s very talented, and we enjoy many of her earlier works in our home. You can check out her website, www.sarazenhaile.com.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
Novels: The “Harry Potter” series.
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
To watch: football.
8. Favorite TV show?
“The Big Bang Theory” or “NCIS.”
9. Favorite album?
I don’t have a particular favorite album, but I typically start my Pandora station with a Coldplay song.
10. Favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving. I love the food, the weather and the company.
11. Favorite food?
Scallops, hands down.
12. Most prized possession?
It’s a close tie between my mother’s ring, which I wear every day, and the necklace I received for my first mother’s day.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
My mother (she died when I was 9), my daughter Charlotte (so she could meet my mother) and Joe Lane (the first professor who challenged me beyond what I thought I could do).
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
I love learning. I learn new things every day. Plus, I have the opportunity to facilitate learning for students. If nothing else, I hope I teach students how to learn.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
One summer, a firework attacked me, and I still have a scar on my calf. Therefore, the best Fourth of July I’ve ever had was in Germany.
16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
I hope that I would be teaching students somewhere else. I simply love my job, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.
17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
During graduate school, I was selected to attend the 56th annual meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. Meeting a dozen or more Nobel Prize winners and other graduate students from around the world impacted my graduate education more than I can describe.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar; he gets to eat all day and then end up as beautiful butterfly. This choice probably reflects my current reading list.
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
Cowan. It’s a place where I can interact with my colleagues and students outside of my office and classroom.
20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
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