University of California, Riverside

Department of Chemistry



Faculty


 

 

Jack Eichler
Associate Professor of Teaching in Chemistry (LSOE)

 

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - B.A.
Georgia Institute of Technology - Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry

Office: 220 Chemical Sciences
Phone O/L: (951) 827-3794/3758
Email: jack.eichler@ucr.edu
Research Area: Inorganic Chemistry


Biography

As a teaching track faculty member, my primary focus of scholarly activity lies in developing, implementing, and assessing more engaging learning environments for large enrollment general chemistry courses.  I was the principal investigator on a United States Department of Agriculture Higher Education Challenge Grant Program project that helped recruit incoming freshmen to participate in an Environmental-Agricultural Science learning community. In this learning community, our students were engaged in environmental-based case studies in our general chemistry sequence, introduced to environmental/agricultural based research in a freshman seminar course, and then recruited to work on independent research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. I was also the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) project that developed, implemented, and disseminated a series of problem-based case studies in our two year general chemistry/organic chemistry sequence.  I am currently the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) project in which we are adapting our problem-based studies to be used as in-class activities for flipped classroom modules. Preliminary studies demonstrate that implementing 4-6 flipped classroom modules in one quarter of general chemistry significantly increases the amount of active learning that takes place in lecture, and students participating in the flipped classroom modules perform better in the course than students in traditional lectures. Future work will focus on continuing to develop and implement flipped classroom modules, and work with faculty from other institutions to begin a broader dissemination project to promote the use of these active learning pedagogies in large introductory chemistry courses. 

As a teaching track faculty member, I also have the opportunity to conduct laboratory research with undergraduate students. My students have been working on an ongoing project aimed at synthesizing and characterizing gold(III) coordination complexes, and subsequently evaluating their biological properties and antitumor activity. We have also investigated the antiproliferative effects of one of our alkyl-substituted 1,10-phenantrholine ligands on glioblastoma tumor cells, an extremely aggressive class of brain cancer, and found this class of compounds significantly reduces tumor cell growth in both in vitro and in vivo models. We are currently investigating the potential anticancer activity of other metal-based complexes, and recent results indicate copper(II) complexes possessing alkyl-substituted 1,10-phenanthroline and alkyl-substituted 6,6’-bipyridine ligands have promising activity against human lung cancer cell lines.  

Link to our collection of case studies: (Click Here)

Funded Grants

National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Sub-award - 2017-2018 - "Transforming College Teaching: Statewide Implementation of the Faculty Learning Program to Improve STEM Undergraduate Teaching and Learning" Link

National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) grant - 2015-2018 - "A NIMBLe Approved to Active Learning in Large Enrollment Introductory Chemistry Courses (NIMBLe = New Implementations of Massive Blended Learning)" - Link

National Science Foundation (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) grant - 2012-2015 Link

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Higher Education Challenge Grant Program - 2012-2014 - "Design and Implementation of an Environmental Sustainability Learning Community" Link

Awards

Selected Publications

 

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Chemistry
Chemical Sciences
501 Big Springs Road

Tel: (951) 827-3789 (Chair's Assistant)
Fax: (951) 827-2435 (confidential)
E-mail: jingsong.zhang@ucr.edu

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