Laura MacManus-Spencer is an associate professor of chemistry. She joined Union in 2006. Her area of research expertise is environmental chemistry. With student researchers, she studies the environmental and biological fate of chemicals used in personal care products and other consumer goods. Professor MacManus-Spencer lives in Schenectady with her husband, Ian, daughter, Aislinn, and two furry children (puppy, Freyja, and cat, Brit).
FIRST APP YOU LOOK AT IN THE MORNING: Just my e-mail. Lately, it’s The New York Times daily briefing
ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES: I have honestly never read a book more than once (for myself). However, my five-year-old daughter and I have read (and done) “ABC Yoga” together many (many) times!
BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED: Keep your head where your feet are
FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS: Hull Plaza looking west at sunset
GO-TO BREAKFAST: Yogurt, berries and granola
NETFLIX OR AMAZON: Both, but more Netflix
FAVORITE PODCAST: The TED Radio Hour
ONE SKILL YOU WISH YOU HAD: I wish I could play a musical instrument
ANOTHER SUBJECT YOU WISH YOU COULD TEACH: Yoga
BEST EXCUSE YOU EVER HEARD FOR A LATE ASSIGNMENT: My computer died (I spilled my water bottle on it, etc.). Note to students: invest in an external hard drive!