UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Michael Kahlow
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Michael Kahlow

Professor

Start Year: 1992

Chemistry
Office: 227 Centennial Science Hall
Phone: 715-425-3577

Email: michael.a.kahlow@uwrf.edu

Education:

B.S. - Lawrence University, 1981
M.S. - University of California - Berkeley, 1983
Ph.D. - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1988

Courses Taught:

  • Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy (Chem 342, Physical Chemistry II)
  • Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems (Chem 340)
  • Laboratory Safety (Chem 261)
  • General Chemistry


Research Interests:

My recent professional interests have centered on curricular reform in chemistry and other STEM fields. I am the principal investigator on two National Science Foundation awards to the University of Wisconsin - River Falls:
  • A STEP (STEM Talent Enhancement Program) grant for $900,000 to improve student retention in STEM fields at UWRF. This program is highly competitive, only 10 grants were funded out of 200 applicants.
  •  A CCLI (Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement) grant to develop and  implement a new Chemistry curriculum at UWRF which starts with the principles of organic chemistry (“Organic First”). 
I have also been involved in funded proposals to the University of Wisconsin – System to renovate our old campus ballroom into an Active Learning Classroom (total funding awarded $821,000; occupancy Spring 2014) and to renovate a Chemistry laboratory as a testbed for active learning technologies (anticipated completion date 2016).

Professional Activities:

I am elected to the Pierce County Board of Supervisors, representing the eastern 2/3 of the UWRF campus and adjacent neighborhoods. I serve on the Information Systems, Building, Industrial Development, and Human Services committees, and on the Pierce County Board of Health. 

Publications:

Recent presentations and posters:
  1. "Developing and Implementing an Organic First Curriculum”, David B. Rusterholz, Ross Jilk, Michael Kahlow, Barb Nielsen and Karl Peterson, 2009 Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society,May 13-16, 2009. Lincolnshire, IL
  2. Implementing and Assessing an Organic First Curriculum”, Ross Jilk, Michael Kahlow, David B. Rusterholz, Barb Nielsen, Magdalena Pala, Karl Peterson, Jeff Rosenthal and Jamie Schneider, UW-System Chemistry Faculty Meeting, October 16-17, 2009
  3. "Teaching Organic First: Implementing an Organic First Laboratory Course”, Ross Jilk, Michael Kahlow, David B. Rusterholz, Barb Nielsen, Magdalena Pala, Karl Peterson and Jamie Schneider, 21st Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), August 2010, University of North Texas. Teaching organic first: Assessing curricular change”, Ross Jilk, Michael Kahlow, David B. Rusterholz, Barb Nielsen, Magdalena Pala, Karl Peterson, Jeff Rosenthal , Jamie Schneider, Cory Windorff, 21st Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), August 2010, University of North Texas 
  4. “Design and Implementation of an Organic First Chemistry Curriculum”, Michael Kahlow, Ross Jilk, Barb Nielsen, Magdalena Pala, Karl Peterson, Jeffrey Rosenthal, David B. Rusterholz, and Jamie Schneider, 2011 TUES/CCLI Conference, January 26-28, 2011, Washington, D.C. 
  5. “Design and Implementation of an Introductory Organic First Chemistry Curriculum”, Michael Kahlow, Ross Jilk, Barb Nielsen, Magdalena Pala, Karl Peterson, Jeffrey Rosenthal, David B. Rusterholz, Jamie L. Schneider, and Daniel Marchand, 2013 TUES/CCLI Conference, January 23-25, 2013, Washington, D.C.

Grants received (recent):

National Science Foundation STEM Talent Enhancement Program proposal, "The GREAT (Graduate-Retain-Engage-Advise-Team Learning) Falcon Project", with Jamie Schneider and Bradley Caskey (Dean of UWRF College of Arts and Sciences), $997,706.    

National Science Foundation Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) award, "Redesigning Introductory Chemistry: A Model Student-Driven Curriculum", with Ross Jilk, Barb Nielsen and David Rusterholz, $149,994 with an additional internal UWRF commitment of $144,000, July 2008 – July 2012.               

UWRF Student Technology Fee/Laboratory Modernization, "Implementation of computer-based instruction methodologies for a high-enrollment general education science laboratory: General Chemistry", $103,200, Fall 2003 – Summer 2006.