Professor, Department of Chemistry
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 826-5719; Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://users.humboldt.edu/rpaselk
University of Southern California, Ph.D., Biochemistry (1975). Dissertation Topic: 19F-NMR studies of Trifluoroacetylated Insulin Derivatives. Advisor: Dr. Daniel Levy.
- California State University, Los Angeles, B.S., Biophysics (1968).
- Professor, Chemistry Department, HSU (9/76–; Full Professor, 9/86–2010; Professor Emeritus, FERP Program, 2010–):
- Current and Past HSU Teaching Responsibilities: Biochemistry (incl. Advanced & Lab); General and Introductory Chemistry; Toxicology; Environmental Chemistry; Introductory Organic Chemistry; Analytical Chemistry; Chemical Instrumentation; Science Education (K-8), Clinical Chemistry.
- Chemistry Department, CSU Long Beach (9/74–8/76): Instructor.
- Chair, Nursing Department (0.5), HSU (1/2009–5/2010). Selected accomplishments:
- Lead department during completion of CCNE Accreditation process and Site visit.
- Lead department in successful tenure-track faculty hire; chaired multiple search committees.
- Lead department in Chair/Director search and successful hire; chaired search committee.
- Lead department through successful defense against program elimination (Sp. 2010)
- Taught Nurs 495, Introduction to Research & Scholarship for Professional Nursing Practice, 2009-10 AY as overload.
- Chair, Chemistry Department (0.5), HSU (8/95–8/2004, 8/86–8/89). Selected accomplishments:
- Curricular Initiatives:
- Designed, wrote, submitted and implemented two degree-options: an ACS approved B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology.
- Lead redesign of the Chemistry B.A., bringing it into closer correspondence with U.C. degree patterns.
- Lead design and implementation of the Chemical Technology Chemistry B.A. option.
- Developed four-year graduation and transfer plans.
- Space and Facilities:
- Science A Modification committee member—design, blueprints, construction, etc. (1979–87).
- Modified facilities to make glassblowing and IBM Surface Chemistry labs at HSU.
- Co-designed & installed Chemistry department distributed computational labs.
- Building coordinator, HSU Science A (1996–2004).
- Program Evaluation/Accreditation:
- Wrote two Chemistry Dept. program reviews (1996, 2003). The 1996 review modeled a new format.
- Conducted two American Chemical Society Five-Year certification reviews (1998, 2003).
- Wrote Chemistry Department assessment policies in light of local and state assessment conferences.
- Initiated and conducted Chemistry graduation exit interviews (2001–2004).
- Created web-based Chemistry advising pages for native and transfer students.
- Webmaster for Chemistry department web site, providing regular updates (1997–2004, 2007–2008).
- Initiated and wrote Chemistry Department annual newsletter (2000–).
- Lead department in four permanent hires, chairing all search committees.
- Founder and founding donor & initaiating fund raiser, annual Humboldt Chemistry Research Scholarship/Humboldt Chemistry Scholarship.
- Extensive work with disabled student services to accommodate students in chemistry.
- CSU Computational Chemistry Council President 1998-2000, member 1984–c. 2001 (the CCC was dissolved c. 2001 having accomplished its goals).
- Chair, co-organizer and webmaster, CSU Computational Chemistry Council Conference (July 8-10, 1999).
- Co-Chair and webmaster, 1st-5th CNRS Annual New & Used Poster Session (1999–2004).
- Curricular Activities
- General Education:
- Chair, College of Science G.E. Committee (1986).
- Lead the creation and initial implementation of the current Area B G.E. program.
- Developed Area B G.E. guidelines based on CSU documents.
- Created guidelines for new G.E. courses.
- Evaluated all initial‘semester’ Area B G.E. courses.
- Member: GE Reform Steering Comm. (Sp 2005), Summer GE Work Group (2003), Strategic Plan All University Curriculum focus group (F 2003).
- Instructor/developer, EDGE Program (freshmen orientation program/class), HSU (1984-86).
- Technology Mediated Instruction:
- Project Director/Principle Investigator and founder of a chemistry and foreign languages multimedia development group of faculty and technologists (1988-95). Our projects used advanced visualization and high interactivity with visual & audio feedback. We were recognized leaders in developing high quality, innovative products pushing the technological envelope to explore new avenues of instruction, while being sensitive to gender and disabilities.
- Directed a programmer/designer and a team of consultants (1992-95).
- Wrote State, Federal and corporate grants/gifts for $400k+ (1988-95).
- Disseminated the results of our multimedia projects at local, state and national conferences.
- Completed a series of commercially published software products in chemistry.
- Represented group in negotiations with publishers and discussions with intellectual property attorney.
- Course web-sites: Sp97–, ten courses, up to 6th ed; syl., sched., lecture notes, sample exams, etc.
- Three interactive web exercises posted on MERLOT, two others in preparation.
- Co-PI, NSF funded projects introducing computer modeling across HSU chemistry curriculum.
- Faculty member & consultant, Veteran’s Math Science Initiative at HSU (1992-95, 1999–2006).
- Safety and Emergency Management
- Lead the development of the Chemistry Department Safety program.
- Initiated current safety program with a two-day workshop lead by an outside chemical safety consultant.
- Lead the creation of department safety regulations, safety quizzes, etc. Products used as campus models.
- Helped instigate and develop the CNRS Hazmat technician position.
- Co-wrote the position description, interviewed and recommended the hire.
- Trained and supervised this position as an overload (Su 1998–F 2004).
- Helped create Science A and Chemistry department SAFE Plans (2003).
- Member, HSU Emergency Preparedness Committee (F 2004–)
- Interdisciplinary Activities:
- Museum Work: (See List below)
- HSU Chemistry Department Scientific Instrument Museum. (http//www.humboldt.edu/scimus)
- Webmaster/author, 1997–. The hyperlinked virtual museum is illustrated with original photos and scanned images.
- Appointed Curator (1998–).
- Renamed as Robert A. Paselk Scientific Instrument Museum and web site completely reworked (Su 2000).
- Installed Robert A. Paselk Scientific Instrument Museum, HSU Library (F 2000).
- Lead designer and Founding Donor for library displays.
- HSU Natural History Museum. (http//www.humboldt.edu/natmus)
- Advisory Board member (1996-2010) Chair, (2001–3).
- Webmaster (exhibits pages), HSU Natural History Museum (1996–).
- Created extensive web exhibits (>500 original photos) in a hyperlinked environment.
- Researched, wrote, designed, fabricated and installed Precambrian exhibit and web pages.
- Provide general shop work, mounting, design and installation for exhibits.
- Appointed Associate Curator (Sp 2005–).
- North Coast Natural History Museum Association, Board Member (2010-present).
- Medieval Science & Scientific Instruments web site. (http://users.humboldt.edu/rpaselk/EarlySciInstSite/EarlyInstSite.htm)
- Instrument re-creations I have researched and made are illustrated and discussed.
- Notes for lectures and instructions for re-creation “kits” used in workshops are posted.
- Funded Grants (list):
- Principle investigator for seventeen funded grants and/or gifts for a total of: $464 k, including: National Science Foundation DUE Grant: "Visualization of the Abstract in General Chemistry" (1992-95, $304.5 k); "Molecular and Reactivity Modeling for Improved Undergraduate Education and Research in Chemistry" (1993-96, $17.5 k); California State Lottery Projects (Instructional Innovation and Curriculum Development categories): "Interactive Animated Learning Modules in Chemistry" (Fall 1988, $18.9 k).
- Co-Principle Investigator for six funded grants and/or gifts for a total of: $747 k, including: National Science Foundation-CCLI-A&I Grant: "Molecular Modeling and Computational Chemistry in the Undergraduate Curriculum" (1999-2002, $93.8 k), and National Science Foundation ILI Grant: "FT-NMR for Improved Undergraduate Instruction and Research" (1991-93, $88.5 k).
- Member, NSF special panel on future directions for the DUE grants programs (1997).
- NSF Grant Reviewer/Panel Member (1994, 1996, 1997).
- Reviewer, biochemistry & chemistry texts and monographs, various publishers (1980–).
- Concrete Treatment Analysis, Turelk Inc. (Jan. 1995-June 1996).
PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, DISPLAYS, ETC. (lists):
- Over twenty research/scholarly publications/presentations.
- Twenty-eight chemical education publications/presentations.
- Eight commercially published educational software packages and one educational video (VHS).
- Three presentations to corporate groups.
- Thirteen published book reviews of texts and monographs.
- Over thirty Museum Displays, Web museums (including text, photos, etc.), Installations, etc.
- Over seventy public presentations, workshops, etc.
- Over thirty photographs published in books, magazines, pamphlets, etc. (over 100 original photos on reviewed non-HSU www sites).
American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Association of Museums; American Chemical Society; Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; Scientific Instrument Commission, Division of History of Science, International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science.
Listed in over twenty biographical resources, including: American Men and Women of Science, International Who’s Who in Education, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Education.
Antique tools and scientific instruments; history of science, the interface of the artistic, crafts, and scientific traditions; wood and metal-working; home repair and restoration; science fiction.
Last modified 5 November 2012