Accomplishments

2011-12

Department

  • Cody Bryant, Biochemistry student, completed an undergraduate research project at OUHSC and made a presentation entitled “Developing a Method of Continuous Application of Retinoic Acid in the Chick Sclera” at the 2011 Technical Meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Science, being recognized as the Best Paper Presentation in the Biomedical Sciences Section and the Second Best Paper in the Academy. 

Dr. Len Feuerhelm

  • Presented the keynote address, “Can a Scientist be a Christian?” at the 2012 Ohio Valley University Bible Lectureship, and conducted two classes—one entitled “How the Universe has Grown!”, and the other with Dr. James Baird, entitled “Anthropic Coincidences:  Someone has been Monkeying with the Laws of Physics”.
  • Served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Darrell W. Hughes Program for Religion and Science Dialogue.
  • Completed a mission trip to Togo, West Africa, and served on the African Mission Fund Committee for the Wilshire Church of Christ.
Dr. Chris Austin
  • Wrote the Oklahoma state certification examination for secondary school physics teachers.
Dr. Howard Vogel
  • Collaborated with Dr. Tim VanWagoner and other research scientists at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in a study on the uptake of heavy metals by bacteria.
  • Begun collaboration with Dr. Al Mikell in a study on the use of silver as an antimicrobial agent in ceramic pot filters commonly used in African villages for water purification.
  • Agreed to grade College Board Examinations in chemistry for 2012.
  • Submitted a winning essay in the Faith and Learning Essay Contest along with a response essay by Christina Deffenbaugh, Forensic Science student.
  • Taught a record enrollment of 84 students in General Chemistry I during the Fall 2011 semester.
  • Taught the first convening of the Forensic Analysis course.
  • Served among a group of forensic scientists from OC, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), and several other agencies in Oklahoma to establish the Oklahoma Forensic Science Consortium, promoting interagency communication and research.
Dr. Amanda Nichols
  • Has co-authored the following paper:
    • Nichols, A. and Stephens, A.  (In Progress, 2012).  The Scientific Method and Creative Process: Implications for Today's Classroom.  Journal for Learning Through the Arts.
  • Served as the Past-Chair for the Oklahoma section of the American Chemical Society.
  • Served as webmaster of the Chemistry & Physics website.
Dr. Bill Luttrell
  • Co-authored the following technical papers with OC students:
    • Luttrell, W. E. and Ngendahimana, T.  (In Press, 2012).  Toxic tips:  toluene.  Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, 19(3).
    • Luttrell, W. E. & Sheaman, L. G.  (2012).  Toxic tips: vinyl chloride.  Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, 19(1), 30-31.
    • Luttrell, W. E. & Willis, B. C.  (2011).  Toxic tips: styrene.   Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, 18(6), 27-28.  
    • Luttrell, W. E. and Conley, N. L.  (2011).  Toxic tips:  Methanol.  Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, 18(5), 56-57.
    • Luttrell, W. E. & Conley, N. L.  (2011).  Toxic tips:  benzene.  Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, 18(4), 32-33.
  • Authored the following technical paper:
    • Luttrell, W. E.  (2012).  Toxic tips:  xylene.  Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, 19(2), 34-35.
  • Served as a member of the Board of Editors, Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, published by the American Chemical Society.
  • Served as the first Chair of the recently established OC Institutional Review Board.
  • Wrote and submitted a grant proposal entitled “Oklahoma Rural Area/Small School Science Scholars Program” to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $570,000, to provide scholarships for chemistry, biochemistry, and forensic science students, which was reviewed but not funded.
  • Assisted the Office of Development in obtaining over $25,000 in contributions from OC science alumni for the purchase of a new gas chromatograph.
  • Wrote a grant proposal entitled “Incorporation of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy Throughout the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum of Oklahoma Christian University” to the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation, which was awarded $150,000 in December 2011, to purchase a new NMR instrument.

2010-11

Department Wide:

  • Five students, including two from China, earned bachelor of science degrees in chemistry. Four have applied to graduate school programs in chemistry.

  • In August 2010, the chemistry and physics faculty moved into new office, classroom, and laboratory space in the Noble Science Wing of Herold Science Hall. This represented the completion of a five-year renovation and expansion project for all OC science facilities.

Dr. Chris Austin:

  • Authored an Earth Science Laboratory Manual for undergraduate students.

  • Mentored an OC student in medical physics at the 2010 Procure Undergraduate Research Internship at Oklahoma State University.

  • Selected and put into operation state-of-the-art computer controlled equipment in the second semester physics course laboratory.

Dr. Len Feuerhelm:

  • Along with Dr. Chris Austin and Mr. David Compton, successfully raised the funds - including a generous gift from the Oklahoma Christian Women’s Association - for purchasing and installing an Observatory Dome on the roof of Noble Science Wing.

  • Along with Dr. Chris Austin, adjusted the physics curriculum to reunite all physics lecture and laboratory courses.

Dr. Bill Luttrell:

  • Served as an external reviewer for the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine’s Draft Report, “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure.”

  • Named a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
  • Co-authored the following technical papers with OC students:
    • Luttrell, W. E., and Tyler, J. W.  (2011). Butyraldehyde. Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, 18(2), Mar/Apr 2011, pages 25-26.
    • Luttrell, W. E. and Peterson, H. R. (2011). Ethylbenzene. Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, 18 (1), Jan/Feb 2011, pages 41-42.
  • Authored the following technical papers:
    • Luttrell, W. E. (2010). Ethylene dichloride. Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, 17(5), Sep/Oct 2010, pages 29-30.
    • Luttrell, W. E. (2010). Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE). Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, 17(4), Jul/Aug 2010, pages 28-29.
  • As a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, completed technical reviews of the following manuscripts:
    • “Hexafluorine Decontamination of 70% Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) Vapor Facial Exposure: Case Report.”
    • “Investigation of Injury/Illness Data at a Nuclear Facility.”
  • Presented the following paper at the Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, on June 4, 2010: “Molecular Beauty in Organic Compounds With Chirality.”
  • Mentored a student in undergraduate research, resulting in the following presentation and award:
    • Wang, X., and Luttrell. W. The Effects of a Series of Ketone Compounds on Hepatic Carboxylesterase Activity in Mice. Presented by Xuan Wang at the Oklahoma Academy of Science Technical Meeting, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK, November 5, 2010. Best Oral Presentation in the Biomedical Sciences Section.
  • Served on the Core Curriculum Sub-Committee of the University Academic Affairs Committee, assisting in the development of a proposal for core curriculum changes for OC.
  • Taught CHEM 4313/BIOL 4313, “Forensic Toxicology,” for the first time with eight upperclass science students.

Dr. Amanda Nichols:

  • Served as chair of the Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society.

  • Served as webmaster of the Chemistry & Physics website.

Dr. Howard Vogel:

  • Taught high school chemistry for a class of homeschool students, some of which are considering attending OC. Students from previous classes are now attending OC.

  • Mentored two high school students from Southmoore High School in Moore, Oklahoma, on bioremediation studies; one involving chelation of mercury in crayfish, and the other dealing with the use of several plant species in the removal of heavy metal contamination from a Superfund site. In September 2010, one student placed fourth in the world at the International Science and Engineering Fair in the environmental management category with her project, “Heavy Metal Bioremediation; Relief for a Ravaged Land.” She also won the same category in the State Science Fair at the University of Central Oklahoma and presented in the International Science Fair in May 2011.

  • Taught CHEM 3114, “Analytical Chemistry I,” for the first time with 11 upperclass chemistry and biochemistry students. This is the first time this course has been offered in several decades.

2009-10

Dr. Chris Austin:

  • Planned and coordinated an on-campus presentation by Colonel Doug Wheelock, commander of the International Space Station.
  • Selected and put into operation state-of-the-art computer controlled equipment in the Physics Laboratory.
  • Mentored four OC students in undergraduate research at the OSU Proton Therapy Center during the summer.

Dr. Len Feuerhelm:

  • Along with Dr. Chris Austin, launched a helium weather balloon to measure pressure, humidity and temperature as it traveled into outer space (height of 97,250 feet). It was tracked and recovered about 200 miles northeast of campus. This represented the first “OC space launch.”

2010 Helium Balloon Launch

Dr. Bill Luttrell:

  • Along with Drs. Len Feuerhelm, Howard Vogel, Amanda Nichols and Anthony Harmon, developed the written proposal for the new Forensic Science BS degree, and gained the approval to launch the new degree in 2010.
  • Team teaching with Dr. Howard Vogel, convened CHEM 4513, “Forensic Analysis,” for the first time.
  • With Dr. Howard Vogel, coordinated CHEM 4713, “Practicum in Forensic Science,” for the first time at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), Forensic Science Center (FSC), Edmond, OK, with two chemistry and one biology upperclass students.
  • Co-authored the following technical papers with OC students:
    • Luttrell, W.E., and Lyiza, C. Toxic tips: Cyclohexane, Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, 17(3), May/Jun 2010, In Press.
    • Luttrell, W.E., and Rukundo, E. Toxic tips: Nitrobenzene, Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, 17(2), Mar/Apr 2010, pp. 24-25.
  • Authored the following technical papers:
    • Luttrell, W.E. Toxic tips: Potassium hydroxide, Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, 17(1), Jan/Feb 2010, pp. 54-55.
    • Luttrell, W.E. Toxic tips: Acetaldehyde, Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, 16(6), Nov/Dec 2009, pp. 43-44.
    •  Luttrell, W.E. Toxic tips: Cyanogen bromide, Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, 16(4), Jul/Aug 2009, pp. 29-30.
  • Co-authored the following chapter in a book:
    • Still, K., Luttrell, W., and Jederberg, W. Occupational Toxicology. In The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control, and Management, edited by D. H. Anna, 3rd Edition, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Fairfax, VA, 2010, In Press.
  • Mentored students in undergraduate research, resulting in the following presentations:
    • Rukundo, E., Lyiza, C., and Luttrell, W. The Effect of Silver Dyhidrogen Citrate on Liver Microsomal Carboxylesterase Activity in Guinea Pigs. Presented by Evangeline Rukundo at the Oklahoma Academy of Science Technical Meeting, East Central University, OK, November 5, 2009.
    • Lyiza, C., and Luttrell, W. Effects of Pinacolone on Liver Carboxylesterase Enzyme Activity in Guinea Pigs. Presented by Christelle Lyiza at the Alpha Chi Convention, Little Rock, AR, March 27, 2010.
  • Presented the following OC Faculty Development Seminar: Exploring the Benefits of Undergraduate Research for the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Student at OC, March 23, 2010.
  • Presented the following paper at the Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, on June 26, 2009: “The Christian Perspective and Response to Social Injustice Caused by Toxic Chemicals in the Environment.”
  • Elected Counselor of the Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section (OPHSS) of the Society of Toxicology.
  • Elected Director of the Oklahoma Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Dr. Amanda Nichols:

  • Elected the chair-elect of the Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society.
  • Wrote and managed the Chemistry & Physics Alumni Survey online.
  • Served as webmaster of the Chemistry & Physics website.
  • Selected and put into operation state-of-the-art equipment to update the Physical Chemistry Laboratory.

Mrs. Carrie Schaeffer:

  • Updated the “Chemistry Teaching Assistant Manual.”
  • Expanded services as Science Laboratory Manager to include all Chemistry and Biology laboratories, anticipating the completion of the HSH major addition.

Dr. Howard Vogel:

  • Assisted students from Southmoore High School to complete the heavy metal analysis of biological samples for a science fair project.
  • Participated as a grader for the Education Testing Services grading of College Board exams for one week during the summer.
  • Taught high school chemistry for a class of homeschool students.
  • In collaboration with IT, placed all analytical equipment in the Vose Hall Instrument Lab online.