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Hsiu-Chin Chen, PhD, EdD, RN, FHEA

Faculty Member

Disciplines

  • East Asian Languages and Societies
  • South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies
  • Education

Research Interests

  • I am from Taiwan and have worked as a nursing faculty at UVU since 2004! This is my first job in the US and I have enjoyed teaching. Not to mention I need to challenge English as my second language
  • I also have faced cultural diversity in teaching. It never be easy to rest a little bit each year because the UVU has been growing fast. My research areas include leadership, job satisfaction, student satisfaction, instrument development, program evaluation, and cultural competence. Since two years ago, I have taken several workshops from the Office of Teaching and Learning. I have enjoyed in having and sharing knowledge and skills in teaching in every workshop. Although I have a busy schedule in teaching as most faculty have, I feel it is worth having an opportunity to explore information with other colleagues. After I become a HEA fellow, I feel it is time for me to share my teaching experience in a formal way and help the other colleague to appreciate the teaching as learning. I am so excited in knowing you and working with you in this networking process to produce quality teaching to our students.

Sally Rocks

Assistant Professor

Disciplines

  • Chemistry

Research Interests

  • 1. Bioinorganic Chemistry- With half the enzymes in our bodies requiring metals to be active, the study of how these metalloenzymes function is an exciting and diverse research area. We work toward understanding the mechanism and origins of substrate selectivity for metalloenzymes involved in bioremediation of anthropogenic pollutants. Atrazine is an herbicide that is both the most prolific herbicide in natural waters in Utah Valley and is tied to declining frog populations. Bacteria have evolved the capacity to break down atrazine into bioavailable carbon and nitrogen. The first enzymatic step involves an iron(II) containing metalloenzyme, atrazine chlorohydrolase (AtzA), which exhibits interesting specificity for the chlorinated atrazine and whose mechanism is not well understood. We aim to better understand the inner-workings of this enzyme through the use of small, synthetic model complexes.
  • 2. Environmental Chemistry- Microplastics are seemingly everywhere. Primarily generated through the weathering of plastic waste, microplastics are particles less than 5 mm in diameter and, because of their high surface area, can harbor heavy metals and organic pollutants at higher concentrations than the bulk environment. The plastics are consumed by small animals in the environment and then bioaccumulate, where they can act as a delivery vector for the metals and organics concentrated on their surfaces. We are studying the extent of microplastic pollution in Utah Valley in both air, water and sediments. Particles are characterized to identify the types of plastic and contaminants on their surfaces.