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Southern Oregon University

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Hawthorne 14
1250 Siskiyou Blvd. 
Ashland, OR 97520 
E-Mail:schepmah@sou.edu
Office Phone: (541) 552-8172 
Fax:(541) 552-6415

 

Education and Experience

 

B.S. Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, 1993 University of Texas at Austin
M.S. Organic Chemistry, 1995 University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D, Bioorganic Chemistry, 2001, Rice University
Visiting Instructor, Spring 2000 Cornell College
Visiting Instructor, Fall 2000 University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2001-2005 Southern Oregon University
Associate Professor of Chemistry, 2005-present Southern Oregon University

Teaching Areas

Organic Chemistry

Organic Spectroscopy

Biochemistry

Chemical Communication

 

Research Interests

Isolation and Characterization of Secondary Metabolites from Mahonia aquifolium

Development and Implementation of 2D NMR Experiments for the Organic Laboratory

Development and Implementation of Guided-Inquiry Organic Chemistry Experiments

Development and Implementation of Interactive Guided-Inquiry Recitations for Organic Chemistry Experiments

Development and Implementation of Professional Development Workshops for Science Majors

 

Publications and Patents

 

"Ring-Closing Metathesis: An Advanced Guided-Inquiry Experiment for the Organic Laboratory," Schepmann, H.G.; Mynderse, M. J. Chem. Ed., 2010, 87, 7, 721-723.

 

"Chemical Research Writing: A Preparatory Course for Student Capstone Research," Schepmann, H.G.; Hughes, L.A. J. Chem. Ed., 2006, 83, 7, 1024-1028.

 

"Ginkgo biloba Levopimaradiene Synthase," Matsuda, S. P. T.; Schepmann, H. G., U.S. Patent 6,946,283, September 20, 2005.

 

"Ginkgo biloba Levopimaradiene Synthase," Matsuda, S. P. T.; Schepmann, H. G., U.S. Patent Application Filed, 2002.

 

"Cloning, Characterization, and Molecular Manipulation of Plant Terpene Synthases,"  Schepmann, H.G.  Ph.D. Thesis, Rice University, 2001.

 

"Ginkgo biloba Levopimaradiene Synthase"  Schepmann, H.G.; Matsuda, S.P.T.  U.S. Provisional Patent Application Filed, 2001.

 

"Cloning and Characterization of Ginkgo biloba  Levopimaradiene Synthase, Which Catalyzes the First Committed Step in Ginkgolide Biosynthesis"  Schepmann, H.G.; Pang, J.; Matsuda, S.P.T.  Arch. Biochem. Biophys.2001, 392, 263-269.

 

"Steric Bulk at Cycloartenol Synthase Position 481 Influences Cyclization and Deprotonation"  Matsuda, S.P.T.; Darr, L.B.; Hart, E.A.; Herrera, J.B.R.; McCann, K.E.; Meyer, M.M.; Pang, J.; Schepmann, H.G.  Org.Lett.2000, 2, 2261-2263.

 

"Facile Transmetalation Reactions of Macrocyclic (C22H22N4) Complexes of Germanium (II), Tin(II), and Lead(II)"  Cowley, A.H.; Atwood, J.L.; Atwood, D.O.; Atwood, V.O.; Gobran, H.R.  Inorg.Chem.1993, 32, 4671-4672.

 

"Oxidative Addition Reactions and Reverse Ylide Formation Involving Macrocyclic (TMTAA, C22H22N4) Complexes of Germanium(II) and Tin(II)"  Cowley, A.H.; Atwood, D.O.; Atwood, V.O.; Gobran, H.R.  Polyhedron  1993, 12, 2073-2074.

 

"Dimeric Gallium and Indium Dialkylphosphido Complexes with Unusual Group 13-15 Stoichiometries"  Cowley, A.H.; Jones, R.A.; Atwood, D.O.; Atwood, V.O.; Gobran, H.R.; Smeal, T.M.; Carrano, C.J.  Organometallics1993, 12, 3517-3521.

 

 

Professional Organizations and Affiliations

American Chemical Society
Iota Sigma Pi National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry
American Society of Pharmacognosy: Member, 2010-present
Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists 
University of Texas at Austin Friar Honor Society

 

Professor of Chemistry

Hawthorne 13

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 552-6408

email: millergr@sou.edu


Education

B.S. Chemistry (1994) Northwestern State University of Louisiana 

Ph.D. Biochemistry (2000) The University of Alabama

 

Teaching Areas

Biochemistry with Lab

Forensic Chemistry 

General Chemistry Laboratory (Ch 204/5/6)

 

Publications and Presentations

 

"A Comparison of Fatty Acids Isolated from Muscle Triglycerides of Grain-Fed and Grass-Fed Cattle: A GC-MS Experiment for the Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratory", Schlegel, J., Miller, G.T. Chem. Educator,2007, 12, 269-271.

"Solution Conformation of the His-47 to Ala-47 Mutant of Pseudomonas stutzeri ZoBell Ferrocytochrome c-551", Liang, Q., Miller, G.T., Beeghley, C.A., Graf, C.B., Timkovich, R. Biophys. J. 2007, 93, 1700-1706.

"Expression of Pseudomonas stutzeri Zobell Cytochrome c-551 and its H47A Variant in E. coli", Miller, G. T., Mackay, D.Q., Standley, M.S., Timkovich, R. Prot. Exp. Purif.2003, 29(2), 244-251.

"Solution conformation of the Met61 to His61 Mutant of Pseudomonas stutzeri Zobell Ferrocytochrome c-551", Miller, G.T., Hardman, J.K., Timkovich, R. Biophys. J. 2001, 80, 2928-2934.

"Converting a c-type to a b-type Cytochrome: Met61 to His61 mutant of Pseudomonas Cytochrome c-551", Miller, G.T., Zhang,B., Hardman, J.K., Timkovich, R. Biochemistry  2000, 39, 9010-9017.

"The Alkaline Transition of Bis(N-acetylated) Heme Undecapeptide", Carraway, A.D., Miller, G.T., Pearce, L.L., Peterson, J. Inorg. Chem. 199837, 4654-4661.

5th Annual Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Conference (2006): "Forensic Investigation: A Broad and Innovative Course Designed to Increase Scientific Literacy in Non-Science College Students."

 

Capitol Hill Congressional Hearing on Science Education (2006): "Increasing Scientific Literacy among Non-Science College Students"

43rd Annual Academy of Criminal Justice Science National Conference (2006): "The Reality of Getting Past CSI: Preparing Students for the Fields of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science" with Dr. Lee Ayers

4th Annual Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Conference (2005): "Forensic Investigation: Seeking Justice through Science"

3rd Annual Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Conference (2004): "Forensic Science: A New General Education Course at Southern Oregon University."

 

 

 Professional Organizations and Affiliations

American Chemical Society (ACS) - Division of Chemical Education and Division of Biological Chemistry

Association of American Colleges and Universities - Associate Member

National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (http://www.naahp.org/.)

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Professor

Hawthorne 29

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 552-6803

email: petrovis@sou.edu


Education

B.S. Chemistry (1986) Ohio University

M.S. Analytical Chemistry (1990) Purdue University

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry (1998) Ohio University

Postdoctoral Fellow (1998-1999) City University of New York-Brooklyn College

Relevant Experience

Chemist, AMOCO (now BP), Whiting, IN (1990-1991)

Chemist, Rhône-Poulenc Basic Chemicals Co., Hammond, IN (1991-1994)

Adjunct Assistant Professor 1998-1999, City University of New York-Brooklyn College

Joined the SOU Chemistry department in 1999

Teaching Areas

Analytical Chemistry (Ch 421) with Lab (Ch 422)

Environmental Chemistry (Ch 101/101L)

General Chemistry (Trailer Section) (Ch 201/2) with Laboratory (Ch 204/5)

Working on a Wine Chemistry course to be taught in 2008 or 2009.

Research Interests

Electroanalytical chemistry and its application to wine characterization

Use of atomic spectroscopy and multivariate analysis in the geographical sourcing of caviar

Education in Analytical Chemistry

Publications and Presentations

"Comparison of Inductively Coupled Plasma with Classical Analytical Techniques in the Analysis of Southern Oregon Lithia Water: Inclusion of a Local Resource in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum", Petrovic, S.C.; Clarkson, J.C. Spectrosc. Lett.2007, 40, 395.

"Determination of Bismuth: A Mercury-Free Anodic Stripping Voltammetry Experiment", Petrovic, S.C. Chem. Educator2004, 9, 91.

"Determination of Ferrocene Solubility by Normalized Chronoamperometry: An Evaluation of Experimental Constraints", Petrovic, S.C.; Hammericksen, R.H. Electroanalysis2002, 599.

"Cyclic Voltammetry of Hexachloroiridate(IV): An Alternative to the Electrochemical Study of the Ferricyanide Ion", Petrovic, S. Chem. Educator2000, 5, 231.

"Preparation and Characterization of Thermosensitive Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid) Hydrogels with Electroactive Probes", Petrovic, S.C.; Zhang, W.; Ciszkowska, M. Anal. Chem.2000, 72, 3449.

 Professional Organizations and Affiliations

American Chemical Society (ACS)

ACS Analytical Division

Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC)

Department Chair

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Hawthorne 30

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

E-Mail:lhughes@sou.edu

Office Phone: (541) 552-6426

Fax: (541) 552-6415


Education

B.A. Chemistry (1978) University of California, San Diego

Ph.D. Organometallic Chemistry (1983) University of California, San Diego

Postdoctoral Fellow (1983-1985) University of California, Irvine

Experience

Manager and Senior Scientist, Rockwell International Corporation (1985-1994)

Instructor, Fullerton College (1994-1996).

Joined the SOU Chemistry Department in 1996

Teaching Areas

Fundamentals of Chemistry (Ch 100)

General Chemistry (Ch 201/2) with Laboratory (Ch 204/5/6)

Principles of Organic Chemistry (Ch 331/2) with Laboratory (Ch 337/8) 

Inorganic Chemistry (Ch 411) with Laboratory (Ch 414)

Research Interests

My current research is on monolayer-protected gold nanoparticles, also known as Au-MPN's. Details on this work can be found in a Power Point presentation Au-MPN's .

 

Publications and Presentations

Hala G. Schepmann and Laura A. Hughes, "Chemical Research Writing: A Preparatory Course for Student Capstone Research," J. Chem. Ed.2006, 83, 1024.

 

Laura A. Hughes, "Determination of the Structure of Three Molybdenum Coordination Compounds Through Their Synthesis and Characterization Using Infrared and UV-Visible Spectroscopy," Chem. Educator2004, 9, 1-3 (web).

 

A complete publication list can be found here .

 

Professional Organizations and Affiliations

American Chemical Society (ACS), 1978 - present

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1983 - present

Sigma Xi, 1996 - present

Association of Oregon Faculties, 2004 - present 

Professor of Chemistry

Hawthorne 31

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 552-6406

Email: lkirms@sou.edu

 

Education: 

B.S. Chemistry with honors (1981) University of Hawaii at Manoa

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry (1987) Colorado State University

 

Experience:

Universal Energy Systems Summer Research Fellow, Astronautics Laboratory, Edwards AFB, (1990)

Sabbatical at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, Ashland OR (2002-2003)

Joined SOU Chemistry department in 1987

 

Teaching Areas: 

Organic Chemistry (Ch334/5/6) with Laboratory (Ch337/8)

Organic Spectroscopy (Ch 340)

 

Scholarly Interests:

                MALDI-TOF analysis of hemoglobins for species identification

                Applications of Peer Led Team Learning, Guided Inquiry in the Classroom

               

Publications:

 

"Students as Letter Writers: How Letters Inform Instructors", Kirms, L.M., Journal of Chemical Education, 2004, 81, 982.

 

"The Identification of Sodium Fluoroacetate (Compound 1080) Employing NMR Spectroscopy", Kirms, M.A., Kirms, L.M., Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2002, 47, 573.

 

"Photochemical Rearrangements of Silyl-Cyclopropenes Which Afford Pathways to Allenes." Kirms, M.A, Salcido, S.; Kirms, L.M., Tetrahedron Letters, 1995, 36, 7979.

 

"Synthesis of Functionalized Bicyclic Dioxopiperazines via Intramolecular Epoxide Ring Opening", Williams, R.M.; Maruyama, L.K., Journal of Organic Chemistry, 1987, 52, 4044.

 

"Divergent, Generalized Synthesis of Unsymmetrically Substituted 2,5-Piperazinediones", Williams, R.M.; Armstrong, R.W.; Maruyama, L.K.; Dung, J.S.; Anderson, O.P.,  Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1985, 107, 3246.

 

Grants:

"A New GC-MS for Chemistry", McDougal, O.M.; Kirms, L.M., $74,000 funded by Agilent Technologies, 2003.

 

"Synthesis of Tetranitrohomocubane", L.M. Kirms, $20,000 funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 1990.

 

"FT-NMR for Improved Undergraduate Research and Instruction", L.M. Kirms, $71,000 funded by the National Science Foundation, 1989.