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Mike Christiansen

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Regional Campus & Distance Education

Associate Professor, Uintah Basin Campus

Associate Professor

Contact Information

DialPhone: (435) 722-1761
SendEmail: m.christiansen@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Organic Chemistry, Brigham Young University, 2010
BS, Chemistry, Utah State University, 2004


Biography

Mike is from Logan. He earned his chemistry B.S. from USU in 2004, received his PhD at BYU in 2010, did postdoctoral work at CSU, and joined USU Uintah Basin in 2011.


Teaching Interests

Mike has an infectious passion for teaching that infuses his students with an enthusiasm for chemistry. Mike often says, "Teaching isn't just what I do. It's who I am." Mike's overlapping teaching and research interests include flipped learning, as well as embedding student-designed research projects into his undergraduate lab courses.

Research Interests

Mike's research interests center on developing new ways of teaching chemistry more effectively. These have grown to include flipped learning and embedding student-designed research projects into undergraduate lab courses. He currently has over 10 peer-reviewed publications in these two areas. Mike also runs a small synthetic chemistry research lab, which focuses on developing new reactions that can be used to synthesize medicines more efficiently. As such, he has developed total or partial syntheses of various biologically-active natural molecules, such as JBIR-94 and JBIR-125 (anti-cancer), boerhavia N (anti-inflammatory), and 5'-methoxy[1,1'-biphenyl]-3,3',4-triol (anti-diabetic).

Awards

2015 USU Uintah Basin Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award, 2015

USU Uintah Basin

USU Undergraduate Research Mentor of the year, 2013

Utah State University

BYU Research Presentation Award, 2010

BYU Research Presentation Award, 2009

Charles E. and Margaret P. Maw Fellowship, 2009

Telford and Frank Woolley Memorial Research Award, 2009

American Chemical Society Spring Research Conference Top Presenter Award, 2008

Garth L. Lee Award, 2008

Roland K. Robins Graduate Research Fellowship, 2008

BYU Cancer Research Fellowship, 2007

BYU Cancer Research Center

BYU Cancer Research Fellowship, 2006

BYU Cancer Research Center

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Christiansen, M.A, Nadelson, L., Cuch, M.M, Etchberger, L.H, Kingsford, T.A, Woodward, L.O, (2017). Flipped Learning in Synchronously-Delivered, Geographically-Dispersed General Chemistry Classrooms. Journal of Chemical Education, 94, 662-667. doi: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00763
        • Christiansen, M.A, Lambert, A.M, Nadelson, L., Dupree, K., Kingsford, T.A, (2016). In-Class Versus At-Home Quizzes: Which is Better? A Flipped Learning Study in a Two-Site Synchronously-Broadcast Organic Chemistry Course. Journal of Chemical Education, 93, 157-163. doi: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00370
        • Christiansen, M.A, Weber, J.M, Sam, A.B, Kingsford, T.A, (2015). Positive Student Responses to Embedding a Student-Chosen Research Project into a Sophomore Organic Chemistry Lab. The Chemical Educator, 20, 335-341.
        • Christiansen, M.A, (2014). Inverted Teaching: Applying a New Pedagogy to a University Organic Chemistry Class. Journal of Chemistry Education, 91, 1845-1850. doi: dx.doi.org/10.1021/ed400530z
        • Edwards, B., Sam, D.D, Christiansen, M.A, Booth, W.A, Jessup, L.O, (2014). Angry Birds realized: water balloon launcher for teaching projectile motion with drag. European Journal of Physics, 35, 1-17. doi: 10.1088/0143-0807/35/3/035009
        • Christiansen, M.A, Crawford, C.L, Mangum, C.D, (2014). Less Cookbook and More Research! Synthetic Efforts Toward JBIR-94 and JBIR-125: a Student-Designed Research Project in a Sophomore Organic Chemistry Lab. Chemical Educator, 19, 28-33.
        • Christiansen, M.A, Andrus, M.B, (2012). BOTPPI, a New Wittig Salt Used in the Synthesis of 12-(S)-Hydroxy-Eicosatetraenoic Acid [12-(S)-HETE]. Tetrahedron Letters, 53, 4805-4808. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tetlet.2012.06.052
        • Rath, C.M, Janto, B., Earl, J., Ahmed, A., Hu, F.Z, Hiller, L., Dahlgren, M., Kreft, R., Yu, F., Wolff, J.J, Kweon, H.K, Christiansen, M.A, Hakansson, K., Williams, R.M, Ehrlich, G.D, Sherman, D.H, (2011). Meta-omic characterization of the marine invertebrate microbial consortium that produces the chemotherapeutic natural product ET-743. ACS Chemical Biology, 6, 1244-1256. doi: 10.1021/cb200244t
        • Peterson, M.A, Oliveira, M., Christiansen, M.A, (2009). Antiproliferative and Protein Kinase Binding Activities of Some N6,5'-Bis-ureido 5'-Amino-5'-deoxyadenosine Derivatives. Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids, 28, 394-407. doi: 10.1080/15257770903044432
        • Andrus, M.B, Harper, K.C, Christiansen, M.A, Binkley, M.A, (2009). Phase-Transfer Catalyzed Asymmetric Arylacetate Alkylation. Synfacts, 8, 920. *
        • Andrus, M.B, Harper, K.C, Christiansen, M.A, Binkley, M.A, (2009). Phase-Transfer Catalyzed Asymmetric Arylacetate Alkylation. Tetrahedron Lett., 50, 4541-4544. doi: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2009.05.090
        • Peterson, M.A, Oliveira, M., Christiansen, M.A, Cutler, C.E, (2009). Preliminary SAR Analysis of Novel Antiproliferative N6,5ˈ-Bis-Ureidoadenosine Derivatives. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett., 19, 6775-6779. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2009.09.083
        • Christiansen, M.A, Butler, A.W, Hill, A.R, Andrus, M.B, (2009). Synthesis of Kurasoin B Using Phase-Transfer-Catalyzed Acylimidazole Alkylation. Synlett, 4, 653-657.
        • Andrus, M.B, Christiansen, M.A, Hicken, E.J, Gainer, M.J, Bedke, D.K, Harper, K.C, Mikkelson, S.R, Dodson, D.S, Harris, D.T, (2007). Phase-Transfer-Catalyzed Asymmetric Acylimidazole Alkylation. Org. Lett., 9, 4865-4868.
        • In-House Journal

        • Christiansen, M.A, Jessup, L., Woodward, K., (2013). An Electrolysis Experiment for a Middle School Summer Science Camp. USU Digital Commons *
        • Christiansen, M.A, Edwards, B., Sam, D.D, (2013). Schematics of a Water Balloon Launcher Design and Reproducible Water-Balloon-Filling Procedures Used for a Middle School Summer Science Camp. USU Digital Commons *

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

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                Scheduled Teaching

                CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry I, Fall 2017

                CHEM 2315 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, Fall 2017

                CHEM 1210 - Principles of Chemistry I, Fall 2017

                CHEM 3700 - Introductory Biochemistry, Spring 2017

                CHEM 1220 - Principles of Chemistry II, Spring 2017

                CHEM 1210 - Principles of Chemistry I, Fall 2016

                CHEM 1225 - Chemical Principles Laboratory II, Spring 2016

                CHEM 2320 - Organic Chemistry II, Spring 2016

                CHEM 2325 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II, Spring 2016

                CHEM 1220 - Principles of Chemistry II, Spring 2016

                CHEM 1215 - Chemical Principles Laboratory I, Fall 2015

                CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry I, Fall 2015

                CHEM 2315 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, Fall 2015

                CHEM 1210 - Principles of Chemistry I, Fall 2015

                CHEM 1225 - Chemical Principles Laboratory II, Spring 2015

                CHEM 3700 - Introductory Biochemistry, Spring 2015

                CHEM 3710 - Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory, Spring 2015

                CHEM 1220 - Principles of Chemistry II, Spring 2015

                CHEM 1215 - Chemical Principles Laboratory I, Fall 2014

                CHEM 1210 - Principles of Chemistry I, Fall 2014

                CHEM 1225 - Chemical Principles Laboratory II, Spring 2014

                CHEM 2320 - Organic Chemistry II, Spring 2014

                CHEM 2325 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II, Spring 2014

                CHEM 1220 - Principles of Chemistry II, Spring 2014

                CHEM 1215 - Chemical Principles Laboratory I, Fall 2013

                CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry I, Fall 2013

                CHEM 2315 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, Fall 2013

                CHEM 1210 - Principles of Chemistry I, Fall 2013

                BIOL 5800 - Undergraduate Research, Fall 2013

                BIOL 5800 - Undergraduate Research - BIOL 5800 UT2, Fall 2013

                CHEM 1225 - Chemical Principles Laboratory II, Spring 2013

                CHEM 3700 - Introductory Biochemistry, Spring 2013

                CHEM 3710 - Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory, Spring 2013

                CHEM 1220 - Principles of Chemistry II, Spring 2013

                CHEM 1215 - Chemical Principles Laboratory I, Fall 2012

                CHEM 1210 - Principles of Chemistry I, Fall 2012

                CHEM 2325 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II, Spring 2012

                CHEM 2320 - Organic Chemisty II, Spring 2012

                CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry I, Fall 2011

                CHEM 2315 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, Fall 2011


                Graduate Students Mentored

                Cathy Mangum, Biology, August 2014 - March 2015
                Cathy Crawford, Biology, August 2013 - December 2013
                Miranda Liddell, Biology, August 2013 - December 2013
                Tanner Allen, Biology, August 2013 - December 2013
                Cathy Crawford, Biology, May 2012 - July 2013
                Kolby Lance, Biology, June 2012 - August 2012
                Bradley (Eric) Funk, Biology, May 2012 - August 2012