Doug Sawyer received his undergraduate degree from Coe College and his doctorate from Iowa State University. He now teaches at Scottsdale Community College, where he is the chair of the Physical Sciences department. He serves as the American Chemical Society councilor for Central Arizona and is also a chemical consultant for several companies. His work also includes photography for chemistry texts at Houghton Mifflin. In his spare time, he plays bass for the Lynwood Flyers, a local blues band.James Birk is the author of 'Laboratory Inquiry in Chemistry (Brooks/Cole Laboratory Series for General Chemistry)', published 2008 under ISBN 9780495113454 and ISBN 049511345X.