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Emeritus Professor of Geology
PhD, Geology, University of California at Davis, 1977; BS, Geology, University of California at Davis, 1975
His interest in geology sprang from outdoor activities and an insatiable curiosity into how mysteries of the physical environment worked. Having thought knowledge of all the answers would be revealed by now merely exposes how science progresses: answers lead to other intriguing questions then to yet others. Local geology specifically that within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, continue to intrigue and lure him, and now University of Oregon geology students, back into the field and laboratory. After the demise of the Geology program at SOU the Chemistry Department “adopted” him where one course a year, Metals and Civilization, is taught for the department. Even after 33 years of teaching he hasn’t learned his lesson. He continues to haunt the halls filling the candy bowl and helping chemists and Environmental Students when and where he can. Education doesn’t stop after retirement: leading local field trips, participating in professional organizations, and giving talks to a wide variety of groups doesn’t end. Thankfully.
Postdoctoral, Pharmacology and Toxicology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2012; PhD, Medicinal Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2009; BS, Niagara University, Biochemistry, 2002
Marc Koyack joined the SOU chemistry faculty in 2017. He has been teaching organic chemistry since 2012, previously serving as a visiting professor at Bard College. His research area of interest is in drug design and organic synthesis, specifically in the areas of biologically active foldamers and peptidomimetics. Marc currently teaches organic chemistry and serves on faculty senate. A lifelong native of New York, Marc is excited to have new territory to explore on the West Coast. In his spare time he enjoys running, board games, and disc golf.
Chemistry Storeroom Manager
BS, Southern Oregon University, Chemistry
Dave started at SOU in 1997. He is responsible for laboratory set up and operations and maintains the instrumentation and equipment for the Chemistry Department.
Postdoctoral, Geochemistry, University of California at Davis, 2016; PhD, Chemistry, University at Oregon, 2014; BS, Chemistry, Cum Laude, Juniata College, 2009
Anna Oliveri has been a member of the SOU chemistry department since the Fall of 2016. She started her education with a BS from Juniata College in Pennsylvania, before moving to the west coast for a PhD at the University of Oregon and a postdoc at UC Davis. Anna’s research relates the fields of inorganic synthesis, materials chemistry, geochemisty, and environmental chemistry by studying the speciation of metals in aqueous solution, specifically cluster complexes. Anna currently teaches General Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry, as well as, serves as the Chemistry Club advisor. When Anna is not in the lab, she spends her time collecting rocks throughout the Southern Oregon countryside.
Steven C. Petrovic
Postdoctoral, Analytical Chemistry, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York, 1999; PhD, Analytical Chemistry, Ohio University, 1998; MS, Analytical Chemistry, Purdue University, 1990; BS, Chemistry, Cum Laude, Ohio University, 1986
Dr. Steven Petrovic joined the SOU Department of Chemistry in 1999 after a one-year postdoctoral appointment at Brooklyn College – City University of New York with Dr. Malgorzata “Maggie” Ciszkowska investigating the electrochemical properties of inorganic ions dissolved in polyelectrolyte gels. Professor Petrovic teaches courses in analytical chemistry, scientific communication, and general chemistry at SOU. He also teaches introductory environmental chemistry and a wine chemistry and analysis course at SOU. In addition to publishing manuscripts in the field of chemical education and electroanalytical chemistry, Dr. Petrovic is currently involved with developing active learning strategies in analytical chemistry. He has published an e-learning module on Signals and Noise and an active learning contextual module for his qualitative analysis course as part of the Analytical Sciences Digital Library (ASDL) collection. He also contributes to the mission of ASDL by serving as a facilitator for an active learning workshop supported by the National Science Foundation which assists educators in the field of analytical chemistry who wish to implement active learning strategies in their own courses.
Hala G. Schepmann
Professor – Chair, Chemistry Program
PhD, Bioorganic Chemistry, Rice University, 2001; MS, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley, 1995; BS Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, University of Texas at Austin, 1993
Dr. Schepmann joined the faculty at SOU in 2001. Previously, she taught at Cornell College and the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Schepmann specializes in teaching organic chemistry and spectroscopy, biochemistry, and scientific communication. Her interactive course delivery method incorporates guided-inquiry and peer-led team-learning approaches, chemical animations and demonstrations, and historical discoveries with modern scientific applications. Professor Schepmann’s drug-discovery research focuses on the identification of bioactive natural products for pharmaceutical applications. In addition to her pedagogical and scholarship work, Dr. Schepmann co-founded SOU X-Factor, a group focused on advancing the careers of female faculty by advocating for supportive and equitable policies. This coalition’s accomplishments include spearheading the creation of SOU’s Faculty Ombuds Office, as well as implementing the University’s first Distinguished Faculty Teaching and Service Awards. In continual pursuit of career-life balance, Dr. Schepmann is passionate about promoting science in her community, volunteering with her church, and spending time with her family trying new ethnic recipes and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.
Postdoctoral, Molecular Dynamics, Ithaca College, 2017; PhD, Chemistry, Minor Nanoscience and Microsystems, University of New Mexico, 2013; BS, Chemistry, Minor Physics, Northeastern University, 1999
Greg Smith joined SOU chemistry in 2017. He has always been fascinated by how biological or physical systems can initially look very complex, but through application of physical and chemical principles, a unifying simplicity and elegance emerges. Before his PhD, he worked in industry for several years as a chemist, including stints at National Starch and Chemical, Johnson and Johnson, and the Scientific Lab Division in New Mexico. Greg began teaching in 2012 at the University of New Mexico while writing his thesis and continued from there to Ithaca College in New York before joining SOU. Greg currently teaches the physical chemistry lecture and lab sequence, a computational methods class that serves as an introduction to programming for scientists, and courses in the general chemistry lecture and lab sequence. Greg’s research interests center on using computer simulations to understanding how enzymes work. His current interest is in examining the active protonation state and subsequent mechanism of epoxide hydrolases, in particular, the difference between the human variants and the epoxide hydrolases employed by mycobacterium tuberculosis. Greg’s other passions are music and film, an appreciation for origin stories (life and the universe), and slowly exploring all the hiking destinations that Southern Oregon has to offer.
Peter Ka-Chai Wu
PhD, Materials Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987; MSc, Materials Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison Physics, 1980; BA, Physics and Mathematics, Cum Laude, Macalester College, 1978
Peter Wu joined the faculty at SOU in 1994. Prior to joining SOU, Peter conducted research including critical phenomena of two-dimensional ordering kinetics, high-temperature high-refractory ceramics, and electronics materials. Since joining SOU, his research has focused on biological systems, microbial-fuels, micro-fluidics, and laser applications in biomaterials. He has collaborated extensively with researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. In additional to his teaching responsibilities, Peter has contributed to programs such as the McNair and materials science program. Peter works with many external entities to promote science education from grade school to graduate level. These include Science Works, ETIC, NASA OSGC, OSU SMILE, UO MSI, and community colleges, RCC, LBCC, PCC, COCC, College of the Siskiyou etc. Peter has received research funding from NSF, NASA, ONR, OMSI, and ETIC which provided research opportunities for SOU students.