Kathryn L. Rowberg, J.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Kathryn Rowberg


Kathryn (Kay) Rowberg is an associate professor of chemistry in the chemistry and physics department. Her research ranges from environmental monitoring and art conservation to computational modeling.

I love physical activity and favor tennis, cross-country skiing, hiking, swimming, spelunking and have climbed Mt Kilimanjaro twice.

Select Publications

  • Rowberg, K. and M. Rincker, “Environmental Sustainability at the Olympic Games: Comparing Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Games.” Euro. J. Sustainable Development. 8:4, 121-130, 2019.
  • Rowberg, KL, G Hystad, ML Clarke, J Gonzalez, and JM Taylor, Mixing Chemistry and Pigments: X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy as a Nondestructive Technique for Analysis of Pigments in a Painted Japanese Handscroll (2022) In Braun KL and KJ Labby, Eds. Contextualizing Chemistry in Art and Archaeology. Inspiration for Instructors, ACS Symposium Series, Oxford University Press.
  • Imaging Spectroscopies to Characterize a 13th Century Japanese Handscroll, the Miraculous Interventions of Jizo Bosatsu, Clarke, M.L. , F Gabrieli, K.L. Rowberg, A Hare, J Uedo, B McCarthy, J.K. Delaney, Heritage Science, 2022.

Teaching Focus

Rowberg hopes her chemistry courses change the way students approach life: to be curious about how things work, put creativity to work by inventing and making new products and assume leadership roles in community decision-making regarding environmental issues.

Kathryn Rowberg

Bringing the Lab to Learners

Professor Rowberg’s goal was to design her courses so students can engage wherever they are.

Meet Professor Rowberg

Kathryn Rowberg


(219) 989-2620


Office Location:

Hammond Campus, GYTE 267


  • J.D. – Law, Valparaiso University
  • Ph.D. – Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S. – Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.A. – Chemistry, Pacific Lutheran University

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular Modelling
  • Aquatic Monitoring XRF
  • Analysis of Art and Artifacts
  • Agarose Gels in Artifact Conservation

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Kohlhoff Award for Excellence in Environmental Law (2004)
  • Fulbright Fellow (Ethiopia 1992-94, Iceland 2004)
  • Research Fellow (2019) Freer Gallery of Art (Smithsonian Institution), Washington, DC.