with Cub Kahn (CTL). A growing number of OSU faculty are redesigning classroom courses as hybrids, which combine significant online learning activity with a reduced amount of on-campus “seat time.”  This webinar will demonstrate effective methods for designing and teaching a hybrid course, as well as reasons that you might consider a blended approach.  Mon. Nov. 3, 2-2:50 p.m. Register: http://bit.ly/1v0wwSr

The department will once again be participating in the Joy Drive!  Stay tuned for more information.

The annual OSU Childcare and Family Resources Joy Drive is right around the corner. The Joy Drive pairs OSU sponsoring departments/individuals with OSU students who have children and are in need of help creating a joyful winter holiday season. Last year 52 student families were helped by the drive.  You may sponsor the children of a student family by emailing familyresources@oregonstate.edu by Nov. 5. You will then receive information on your sponsor family by Nov. 14, and should purchase and deliver gifts to the office by Dec. 1.

The OSU Diversity Development and Student Events & Activities present an evening of Halloween fun. Starting at  6:30 p.m.  on Oct. 31, there is trick-or-treating for children of students, staff, faculty and administrators. From 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. there will be activities for OSU students. Memorial Union Ground Level- Ballroom.

Name: Vince Remcho

Area of Study / Position Title: Analytical Chemistry / Professor and Patricia Valian Reser Faculty Scholar

Why chemistry? (What about it initially interested you?): For me, it all started with a great summer job in high school: we developed analytical methods to determine the onset of dormancy in loblolly pine tree seedlings by quantifying polysaccharides.  Following that, it was great mentorship from my undergraduate research advisor (Tom Sitz, a nucleic acid biochemist) and a true gentleman-scholar of a doctoral mentor (Harold McNair, a “founding father” of modern chromatography and chemical analysis).

Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties? We design, model and build tools that solve complex biochemical and environmental chemical puzzles. Most of this involves microfluidics, a field that builds the chemical analogues to integrated circuit chips. For example, we have built “lab-on-a-chip” devices to detect antimalarial drug adulteration, measure disease biomarkers in biological fluids, synthesize genes and detect toxins in the environment.

One thing you truly love about your job? There are many things I love about my work! If I had to select only one, it would be the people I am fortunate enough to work with: inspiring and inventive graduate and undergraduate students, capable and accomplished postdocs, and wonderful collaborators whose abilities complement those of the group.

One interesting/strange factoid about yourself. I am an instrument rated commercial pilot; I also enjoy trail running – very long, quiet runs through the forest. (That’s two!)

Open Oregon State: Open Oregon State is a new unit that works with faculty to create online educational resources (OERs) that can be accessed freely by students and teachers in digital media collections worldwide. Attend a luncheon Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center to learn about our goals, projects and partnerships. Register today on the Open Oregon State website.

Make A Difference Day: Registration for service projects for Make A Difference Day is now open! Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate this year’s Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 25. On Make A Difference Day millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. Learn about OSU’s 2014 projects and register for projects here: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/cce/events/make-difference-day/2014-make-difference-day-projects. Projects will take place at various times and check-in will take place in Snell 149. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement.

Name: Paul Ha-Yeon Cheong

Area of study / position title: Computational Chemistry / Vicki and Patrick F. Stone Scholar Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Why chemistry? (What about it initially interested you, etc.): Because our discoveries change lives. Our materials send you to the moon and back, and one day they will send you to the stars. We conquer disease and master biology through chemistry. One day you will return to health again because of what we have labored so long and hard to achieve. From polio to cancer to all the diseases we acquire during our lifetime spent on this planet and this ecosystem, we are the ones who ultimately protect our loved ones. We are humanity’s answer and hope to the energy challenge, global warming, and preserving this green earth for posterity. And also because my mentors and teachers have shown me that we can achieve all that without losing our humanity but by cherishing it, nurturing it. One may very well ask why chemistry, but for me the question has always been why not chemistry?

Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties?: I have two key aspects of my job. I see my primary job function as a friend, mentor and teacher to our research group and those around me. My goal is for their time in our research group and in my company to be transformative and wholesome: discovering who they really are, becoming professionally successful, and coming into one’s own. The second aspect is all my official responsibilities, which happens to magically complement the first aspect: publishing papers, teaching courses, mentoring students, writing grants, etc.

One thing that you truly love about your job?: I love that I get to make a positive impact in this world, one individual at a time. Plus, I get to work with (and occasionally mentor and train) some of the most amazing minds and wonderful individuals on the face of the planet today.

One interesting/strange factoid about yourself: I got my name “Paul” from a middle school foreign language teacher. He was handing back exams and when he got to mine, he couldn’t pronounce “Ha-Yeon”. After a couple of moments of what appeared like a gagging reflex trying to pronounce my name in his native tongue, he proclaimed that I was to be dubbed “Paul” from then on. True story. Love the name.