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  • 1. Discipline-specific Collaborative Scholarship in Organic Chemistry within CCCU schools Title III Grant 07/08 Michael Korn Heavenly Father....thank you for working in our midst. Bless the body of Christ at CCCU and help us to make you famous!
  • 2. Overall Goal
    • To make God famous!
    • To bring dedicated Christians who are organic chemists together to work corporately for something bigger than themselves.
    • To show the ‘world’ that Christians can be very good scholars => reclaim education for Christ.
    • To further the kingdom of God.
  • 3. Means
    • To move away from isolation
    • To share expertise
    • To share research equipment
    • To exchange best teaching practices (lecture and lab)
    • To identify common project(s)
  • 4. Procedure
    • All CCCU schools were searched via the internet for ‘chemistry’ programs, and then for professors that teach organic chemistry.
    • Results :
      • 110 CCCU schools searched
      • 87 have chemistry program
      • 90+ professors teach organic chemistry
  • 5. Procedure
    • All 90+ professors were contacted by e-mail and invited to join the collaborative effort.
    • Results :
      • 12 (14) professors responded (very positively!)
      • Equals about 13% (15%) response rate
      • 40% female /60% male (cc.f.20/80 of the 93 profs)
      • representing 11 CCCU schools
  • 6. Locations http://www.nationsonline.org/maps/USA_small.jpg Olivet Nazarene Spring Arbor Univ. of Sioux Falls Messiah Houghton Roberts Wesleyan The King’s University/College Warner Pacific George Fox Oklahoma Christian Southern Baptist
  • 7. 3 Schools visited in Oct 08 http://www.nationsonline.org/maps/USA_small.jpg Olivet Nazarene Spring Arbor Univ. of Sioux Falls Messiah Houghton Roberts Wesleyan The King’s University/College Warner Pacific George Fox Oklahoma Christian Southern Baptist
  • 8. Two BIOLOGY Professors Joined
    • While visiting at U. of Sioux Falls and at Olivet Nazarene, two BIO Professors who asked about my visit, joined.
  • 9. Current Chem majors
    • Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL several
    • Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI 20+14
    • George Fox University, Newberg, OR 30
    • Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL 150 (Biology)
    • Southern Baptist University, Bolivar, MO  
    • Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK 10
    • University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD 2
    • Messiah College, Grantham, PA 35
    • Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY 7-10
    • University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD 70+ (Biology)
    • The King’s University College, Edmonton, Alberta 3-15 in a given year
    • Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR 0
    • University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD 2
    • Houghton College, Houghton, NY 7
    • LeTourneau University 7
    • TOTAL 340 majors (120 Chem & 220Bio )
  • 10. Specifics-Faculty Expertise
    • Ph.D. field of expertise
      • Organic
      • Organometallic (2x )
      • Medicinal
      • Enzyme assisted synthesis
      • Toxicology
      • Bioorganic
      • Biochemistry
      • Microbial genetics
      • (molecular genetics, signaling, cancer)
      • Mass spectrometry
      • Analytical/sensors
      • Polymer
  • 11. Current Field of Research
    • antibiotic resistance biofilm formation cancer, prostate catalysis, asymmetric catalysis , Pd cell signaling Chemical education chemical sensors denitrification diagnostics, clinical dinitrile ligands enzyme synthesis extremophiles gene expression geochronology green chemistry green chemistry heterocyclics HIV hyperbarics industrial chemistry industrial hygiene (toxicology) isotope geochemistry lab development (gen chem) lab development (molecular genetics) lab development (organic) lab development (organic) lab development (organic) labs, inquiry -based liquid crystals medicinal medicinal plants microbial genetics microwave microwave nanoparticles, gold/silver natural products natural products organometallic polymers polymers , coordination polymers, imprinted pseudomonas aeruginosa staphylococcus sp. topoisomerases transduction signaling transition metal lewis acids workplace chemical exposure
  • 12. Upper-Level Courses Taught
    • Drug Chemistry; Advanced Organic; Advanced lab techniques; Instrumental Analysis; Forensic Analysis; Instrumental Analysis; Quantitative Chemical Analysis; Advances Synthesis lab; Biochemistry; Pchem; Advanced Organic; Chemical Instrumentation; Genetics; Molecular genetics; Developmental biology; Anatomy; Neuroanatomy; Microbiology; Ecology; Second. Sci. teaching methods; Clinical & Pathogenic Microbiology; Cell & Molecular Biology; Immunology
  • 13. Upper Level That Could be Taught
    • Advanced organic; Advanced organic; Senior Seminar; Metal-mediated org. synthesis; Polymers; Toxicology; Environmental Chemistry; Medicinal; Biochemistry; Organic spectroscopy; Bioinformatics; Carbohydrate; Glycoprotein; Biomarkers; Environmental; Organometallics; Medicinal; Physiology; Embryology; Histology; Biochemistry; Virology; Parasitology; Microbial Genetics.
  • 14. Major Research Instruments
    • Olivet Nazarene HPLC FT-IR 60 MHz NMR GC-MSD UV-vis AA Microwave
    • Spring Arbor FT-IR (400 MHz NMR) UV-vis probe (microwave) Polarimeter
    • George Fox HPLC FT-IR 400 MHz NMR GC-MS GC UV-vis AA Polarimeter
    • The King's University HPLC FT-IR 400 MHz NMR GC-MS UV-vis Glovebox
    • LeTourneau HPLC FT-IR 60 MHz NMR GC UV-vis
    • Oklahoma Christian HPLC FT-IR GC-MS GC UV-vis AA Raman
    • University of Sioux Falls HPLC FT-IR GC UV-vis AAS genomics analyzer
    • Messiah HPLC FT-IR 60 MHz NMR GC-MS GC UV-vis AA XRD AFM
    • Roberts Wesleyan FT-IR 90 MHz NMR GC-MS GC UV-vis AA Polarimeter
    • => all major research tools are available
  • 15. Future steps
    • Design/identify a special course offered/taught at one university with students enrolling from all other universities.
    • Collect original & unique experiments for the organic lab and publish jointly.
    • Exchange e-mails when tackling an OC problem.
    • Find/engage in a joint research project.
      • E.g. One PI, many co-PIs
      • Major research task, e.g. malaria (?)
      • Send students along to do summer research
  • 16. Possible Future Joint Research
      • D. Armstrong’s microwave chemistry:
  • 17.
    • Apply for CCCU ‘ Initiative Grant to Network Christian Scholars ’ (Feb 09)
    • Visit remaining 7 CCCU colleges (Title III?)
    • Broaden the scope to all of chemistry: contacting all CCCU Chem. Department chairs to promote and ask professors to join this collaboration.
    • Include biology and eventually all sciences.
    • Include Christian scientists from non CCCU schools.
    • Working towards a research fund (1-2 Mio)?
    • Pray!
    Heavenly Father....thank you for working in our midst. Bless the body of Christ at CCCU and help us to make you famous!