Faculty Profile: Professor Larry Louters, chemistry

Larry Louters is one of Calvin's four profs to make it on The Princeton Review's Top 300 professors list.
Larry Louters is one of Calvin's four profs to make it on The Princeton Review's Top 300 professors list.

PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY
CREDENTIALS: PhD, University of Iowa
RESEARCH EXPERTISE: regulation of glucose uptake in human cells

Prof. Louters is one of Calvin’s most-beloved professors, becoming one of four Calvin profs to be listed in The Princeton Review’s Top 300 Professors and earning the college’s Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching.

To Calvin students he’s known as an amazing research mentor, leading research projects relevant to diabetes and cancer with up to five students each summer. Fifth graders who visit his “Chem Demos” know him as the crazy science guy who blows things up and makes test tubes glow in the dark.

Former student Chris Holstege ’88, now the head of medical toxicology at the University of Virginia, describes Prof. Louters well: “It’s easy for profs who are brighter than their students to be arrogant. Calvin professors are compassionate—but Larry goes way beyond that.”

VERGE: winter 2012

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