Dr Izzy Goodman
 
Professor
Chemistry
goodmaii@piercecollege.edu
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Dr. Isidore ("Izzy") Goodman, professor of Chemistry, lived his early years on a New Jersey chicken farm and then moved to New York City when he was nine. He attended public schools including Stuyvesant High School, a school specializing in science and math. After High School, Dr. Goodman attended the State University of New York at Albany and earned a B.A. with a major in mathematics and minors in chemistry and biology. Because of an interest in biochemistry that was fostered by a college professor of his, he decided to pursue graduate work in that area. He applied to several schools, UCLA amongst them, and after visiting California for the first time decided that he had enough of the East Coast winters and wanted to make Los Angeles his home. He served as a teaching assistant for chemistry classes and labs during his entire tenure as a graduate student at UCLA and discovered a deep love of teaching the subject of chemistry and biochemistry. In his last year of graduate school, he taught part time in the chemistry department at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). He also published two papers on his research work, the control of amino acid metabolism. After earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at UCLA in 1981, Dr. Goodman went on to a Lectureship position at CSULB. In that three-year position, he taught courses in biochemistry, general chemistry, and clinical chemistry. Dr. Goodman realized that his primary love was teaching and that the best place to pursue a college teaching career was at a community college. He joined the faculty of Pierce College in 1984 and has enjoyed teaching a variety of courses including biochemistry. Dr. Goodman has contributed greatly to the college. He is currently Chair of the Department of Chemistry, 2 nd Vice President of the Academic Senate and serves as Faculty Advisor for Hillel. For the past seven years, Dr. Goodman has been the driving force behind the popular Chemistry Seminar Series. He obtains funding, lines up speakers, and puts on the well-attended afternoon seminars that have featured Nobel laureates and others renowned in their fields.


Dr. Goodman has participated in the National Science Foundation program (Project ISSUES) offered by UCLA for the creation of teaching modules in environmental issues in urban environments. In Fall 1997 and 1998 he was Visiting Professor of Science Education at UCLA. In this capacity he taught Introductory Chemistry. Dr. Goodman is one of Pierce College is faculty liaisons to the UCLA Bridge Program, a National Institutes of Health funded program that introduces community college students to careers in biomedical research. In addition, he has served as a chemistry consultant for private industry and as an expert witness in chemistry at a trial. Despite his busy professional life, Izzy is very active in sports. He was a member of the "Killer Bees" hockey team, which is part of the adult hockey league at Iceoplex and also enjoys playing basketball, swimming and photography. He is married and with his wife Perri, enjoys traveling.