Organic chemistry can sometimes have a less-than-flattering reputation on a college campus. When teaching, Senior Lecturer Michael Danahy always strives to expose his students to the chemistry they must learn (molecular structure, reactions). However, by putting the chemistry in context, he animates it and makes it more pertinent to his students’ lives. Danahy in this lecture talks about the fascinating stories of organic chemistry and how this subject has connections beyond strict chemistry. The Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture features A Bowdoin faculty member chosen By members of the student body and honors that faculty member as A teacher and role model.