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Professor Emeritus of Science

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  • Study Abroad Programs; incl. Rainforest Ecology in Costa Rica & Cultural Studies in China & Tibet
  • Stressed Stream Analysis
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    My Interests

    My academic interests include environmental chemistry, environmental science, hydrology, and anthropology plus experiential and inquiry-based learning/teaching of the sciences and the development of science labs for distance learning. My personal interests include foreign travel, and my wife and I have lived and traveled extensively around the world. We live according to the motto: "Adventure is intellectual curiosity in action"

    Recent Activities

    2015 - Spent the winter (November - March) in S.E. Asia - visiting Bhutan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos - studying local sustainability issues
                Presented "Teaching without Textbooks" eLCC Conference, April 15-17, 2015, Breckenridge, CO
                Teaching SUS311 -
    Integrated Science for Sustainability as an Online course again

    2014 - Traveled to Iceland to study geothermal energy and see the Northern Lights (Aurora borealis)
                Presented "What is Critical Thinking and How to Teach it?"
    eLCC Conference, April 16-18 Breckenridge
                (PowerPoint Presentation available at Slideshare:
                Traveled to New Zealand to study geothermal energy and distance education issues; visited Australia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea
                Presented "Academic Integrity" at CCCOnline CONNECT Conference, Sept. 19, Johnson & Wales University, Denver
    SUS311- Integrated Science for Sustainability as an Online course again

    2013 - Traveled to Argentina, Chile, Antarctica, and Easter Island
    "Best Practices in Online Science" at Best Practices in Online Science Symposium, University of Alaska, Anchorage - March 29
                Presented "Improve Student Engagement and Learning in Online Science Courses: Use Citizen Science Projects and Real World Data" -  eLCC Conference, April 10-12 Breckenridge
                (PowerPoint Presentation available at Slideshare:
               Served on Discussion Panel: The MOOC Panel: Survivors, Thrivers, and Skeptics -
    eLCC Conference, April 10-12 Breckenridge
                Currently Designing new course for Colorado Mountain College: SUS311- Integrated Science for Sustainability
               Currently designing new course for IEDSE: Online Science Educator Training (to be offered via CourseSites by Blackboard Learn
    SUS311- Integrated Science for Sustainability as an Online course

    2012 - Actively worked on developing the "Institute for Excellence in Distance Science Education" - www.iedse.org
                Presented 3-hour webinar on "Effective Online Lab Science Teaching" for Wiley Faculty Development Series, March 16, 2012
                Presented "Best Practices in Distance Learning: Techniques for Engaging Student of all ages and across all disciplines" at ColoDLA conference, Denver, April 5, 2012
                Presented workshop on "How to design an online course with eXe at eLearning Consortium of Colorado Conference, Breckenridge, April 2012
                Attended Rotary International conference in Bangkok, Thailand, May 2012
                Presented "Teaching Lab Science Courses Online" at Learning with the Authors - speaksVolumes online conference, Dallas, TX Aug. 2, 2012
                Presented "Best Online Teaching Practices, Even for the Laboratory Sciences" webinar - Technology Integration in Education, August 7, 2012

               Fall semester: teaching SCI-155: Integrated Science as an online course using a LabPaq science kit          

    2011 - 
    Co-authored: Teaching Lab Science Courses Online: Resources for Best Practices, Tools, and Technology; Jossey-Bass. Participated in several webinars about the book.
                 Fall semester: taught SCI-155: Integrated Science as an online course using a LabPaq (taught part of the course from West Africa)

                 September: Presentation on Effective Online Lab Science Teaching at Missouri State University, Springfield
                October-November: Participated in a nutrition, literacy, and polio eradication project in Senegal & Mali

    2010 -
    Fall semester: taught SCI-155: Integrated Science as an online course using a LabPaq (taught part of the course from West Africa)
               Participated in a guinea worm eradication project in Ghana

    2009 - Served as Rotary District Governor from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. Gave presentations at all 58 Rotary clubs in D-5470 - southern two thirds of Colorado.
               March -
    Presentation at League of Innovations in Reno, NV: Challenges and Solutions for Online Lab Science Courses
               April - Presentation at eLCC conference in Vail
               May - Presentation at NISOD Conference in Austin - Comparing and assessing Online vs. On-campus lab science courses

    2008 - March -
    Presentation at TELECOOP Conference in Breckenridge, CO: Distance Education in Namibia, SW Africa
              June - Presentation at TTIX Conference in Orem, Utah: Teaching College Chemistry 100% Online
               June Fall semester: Started representing CCCOnline on the State Faculty Curriculum Committee
              November - Presentation at SLOAN-C International Conference in Orlando, FL: Student success in Online vs. On-campus Lab Science Courses

    2007 - Named "Faculty of the Year" at Spring Valley Campus.
    Presentation at AACIS Conference, Salt Lake City, UT: Creating a Valid College-Level Online Science Laboratory Experience
               Presentation at USDLA Conference, Kansas City: The Past, Present & Future of the Online Science Experience

    2006 - Introduced clickers 
    (classroom response system) to my chemistry class and felt that it gave me a better understanding about how well my students understood chemcal
               concepts and when additional explanations were needed to overcome misconceptions.

             - Continued assessment project  by administering the ACS exam as pre-test and post-test exams. This time, my DL class had a substantially higher post-test average score than
               my F2F class.  Again, the average lab grade was  higher  for the DL class.  I presented my assessment results at  the  Sloan-C conference in  Orlando. 

    2005 - December: Linda had to visit one of her microscope suppliers in Ambala, N. India and at the end of my fall semester we met in Chennai to explore Southern India for the first
               time.  From Chennai we traveled through Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, visiting historical sites, temples, and tiger reserves. We concluded our trip with the almost obligatory
               house-boating trip  though  the Kerala backwaters  at  Alleppey  near Cochin. 
               At the beginning of the spring 2006 semester CMC decided to re-organize several departments and I accepted the newly created position as science department chair.  At the
               annual  Colorado Tele-Coop conference in Estes Park I presented the results of my assessment project where I compared the learning outcomes of a chemistry face-to-face class
               with those of a distance learning class. The ACS exam scoresof the two classes were almost identical, but the DL class had slightly higher lab scores.

    2004 - In late December 2004 and early January 2005, Linda and I checked out Vietnam and Cambodia as a future "Great Travels" destination. It was a great trip and we definitely need to
               include these countries in a future "Study Abroad" trip offerings for they offer relevant cultural and historical tableaus for greater global understanding and Vietnam at least is
              poised for rapid change and prosperity.  During the summer 2005, we lead our last marine biology study-abroad trip to Belize.
              In August 2004, I gave a presentation entitled "Effective Laboratory Experiences for Distance Learning Science Courses with Self-Contained Laboratory Kits" at the 20th Annual
              Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning in Madison, Wisconsin.

    2003 - in the summer, we took a Study Abroad group to Costa Rica to study rainforest ecology and enjoyed the experience afresh just as we have in each of our many visits to this
               beautiful land of “pura vida!” After returning to the States, we repacked our bags for southern Africa where we spent the 2003/2004 academic year on a Fulbright Grant at the
              University of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia. Although my work at the Center for External Studies kept me quite busy, we still had time to explore the country's scenery and
              wildlife and to interact with several of the indigenous ethnic groups.
              Within a few days of our return to Colorado from Namibia in late May 2004, we left again, this time to take our "Great Travels" group to China and Tibet for three weeks. The trip
              was originally planned for May 2003, but the SARS epidemic in China at that time forced us to delay the trip by a year. This was a real eye-opening trip, especially considering
              China’s rapid advances onto the world’s political and economic stages.

    2002 - In summer, we took a "Great Travels/Study Abroad group on a three-week trip to Peru. We spent the first week doing rain forest ecology along the Rio de Madre Dios in Manu
               National Park area  This was followed by a week of archeology in the Cusco area, including a trip  to  Macchu  Picchu, truly one of the world’s most impressive archaeological
               sites!  The third week was spent visiting archeological sites and indigenous people in the Lake Titicaca area.

              During 2001 and 2002, I gave presentations on distance learning in the sciences at the NISOD conference in Austin, TX and at the AAPT conference in Boise, ID. Over the
              Christmas break, Linda and I traveled to Maharashtra State, India to participate in a Rotary project to fight malnutrition and infant mortality in the Melghat Tribal area.

    2001 - I was named "Colorado's Distance Educator of the Year" and in the summer of 2001 we took a group of students to Honduras and the island of Roatan to study rainforest ecology
              and marine biology. After returning from Honduras, I participated in a one week Biotechnololgy and Bioethics workshop in California that was organized through Miami
              University's PACT program.

    1995/96 - During my 1995/1996 sabbatical, I taught hydrology and environmental science as a Fulbright Professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and conducted water quality
                   research in Southern Ethiopia. My wife, Linda, taught accounting and conducted a faculty development project in quality education at Addis Ababa Commercial College. During
                  our stay in Ethiopia, we had ample opportunities to travel around the country. Below are some images from Ethiopia.

  • Blue Nile Falls
  • Mursi woman with lip plate
  • Sanbate girl

    Study Abroad Programs

    Every summer, Colorado Mountain College conducts Study Abroad Programs for its students and community members. These programs involve language and culture study combined with various science components. Typical science programs include rainforest ecology studies in Costa Rica; field biology in the Galapagos Islands; and marine biology in Belize or Honduras.

    During the summer of 1995, we went to the Galapagos Islands. The first ten days were spent cruising aboa rd the Tip-Top III (with Capitain Rolf Wittmer). We visited the various islands during the day, studying their terrestrial and marine life, while travelling to the next island at night. Observing blue-footed boobies close-up and snorkeling with sea lions wa a unique experience that none of us will ever forget. The rest of the month was spent living with local families in Quito, studying Spanish and visiting numerous places around the country.

  • Sea lions in the Galapagos Islands
  • Blue-footed boobie
  • Tip Top III, our yacht

    Our 1998, 1999 & 2000 Study Abroad adventures combined an intensive Spanish program (directed by Mary Ebuna) in San Jose, Costa Rica with a marine biology program at Ambergris Caye, San Pedr o, Belize. Our research vessel was a 48-ft catamaran from which we conducted daily diving/snorkeling trips to the nearby reefs. Accommodations on Ambergris Caye were originally at the Hideaway Hotel about 1/2 mile south of town and a block from the beach, but were moved to Belize Marine TREC's new facility at the south end of town. The classroom and laboratory facilities were excellent, as were our accommodations and the local food.

  • Our research vessel in Belize
  • The famous "blue hole" of Belize
  • Typical reef scene in Belize
  • Aerial view of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
  • Green Parrot Bar near San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
  • Diver with sea turtle
  • Sting ray
  • Tapir in Belize Zoo

    The rainforest ecology & marine biology program typically cost between US$ 1800.00 - 1900.00 including airfare. These programs is available to anyone at least 17 years old with a sense of adventure and a love of learning. Past participants ranged in age from 17 to 70 and have been mostly teachers and students. If you are interested give me a call at: (970) 947-8264

    For detailed information on our 2002 Rainforest Ecology & Archaeology Program in Peru click here. The program will run from June 3 through June 23, 2002

    Environmental Research

    The Leadville area is a n old historical mining district, and the many years of mining activities left their mark on the land. Like many other Colorado mining towns, parts of Leadville were declared a "Superfund" site and slated for environmental clean-up. As unfortunate as this was for the town and its citizens, it was extremely beneficial for Colorado Mountain College's Environmental Technology students, as it provided them with a natural laboratory for their studies.

    The Upper Arkansas River


    The Arkansas River starts a few miles north of Leadville. CMC's environmental technology students have been actively involved in its water quality monitoring and received Colorado's "Clean Water Award" for this effort.

    The watershed for the Upper Arkansas River covers 13,000 square kilometers in central Colorado extending from the Continental Divide in Pike-San Isabel National Forest to Pueblo Reservoir where the plains meet the mountains.

    Major environmental problems: Two major contributors to heavy metals contamination of the Upper Arkansas were the Bureau of Reclamations's Leadville Drainage Tunnel and Asarco's Yuk Tunnel. Since 1992, water treatment plants at both sites have shown excellent results in remov ing heavy metals and improving water quality.

    Stressed Stream Analysis

    From time to time, SUNY Brockport's CENTER FOR APPLIED AQUATIC SCIENCE AND AQUACULTURE is conducting three-week summer projects for undergraduate faculty that demonstrate environmental problem solving as an effective teaching strategy to stimulate undergraduates' interest in environmental science. Using the theme of Stressed Stream Analysis, participating faculty learn NEPA-based envir onmental analysis concepts and techniques. I participated in this workshop during the summer of 1995 and we used the following concepts and skills:

    For a more detailed report on Stressed Stream Analysis see the following reference:
    "Stressed Stream Analysis - Addressing Environmental Problems in Local Communities" by James M. Haynes
    Journal of College Science Teaching, Vol. 28, No.1 Sept/Oct. '98

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