Horn, Matthew A
Title:
Associate Professor - Chemistry
Office:
PS 211b
Phone:
(801) 863-6204
Mail Code:
179
Last Updated: 4/25/17 -
Associate Professor
Chemistry


Matthew A. Horn has been at UVU since 2002.

 

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
Chemistry is a subject that must engage the senses. A chemistry class should be more like a dance class than a literature class! I teach chemistry as a method by which one can understand and relate to the world around them, and not as a set of facts necessary for professional development.

EDUCATION:
B. Music in Music Performance (Bassoon) from Lawrence University, 1993
B.A. in Chemistry from Lawrence University, 1993
Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Chicago, 2002

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Luther College - 2000 - 2001
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Bucknell University - 2001 - 2002
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Utah Valley University - 2002 - 2008
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Utah Valley University - 2008 - present
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS I AM ASSOCIATED WITH:
American Chemical Society
POGIL Project

PUBLICATIONS:
Gain-switched, all-acousto-optic, femtosecond pulse amplifier.  Julie A. Gruetzmacher, Matthew A. Horn, Bret N. Flanders, Xiaoming Shang, and Norbert F. Scherer.  Review of Scientific Instruments, 74, 4961-4963, (2003).   
 
Femtosecond Studies of the Initial Events in the Photocycle of Photoactive Yellow Protein (PYP). M. A. Horn, J. A. Gruetzmacher, J. Kim, S.-E. Choi, S. M. Anderson, K. Moffat, and N. F. Scherer, in Femtochemistry, August 2001 Edition, F. C. DeSchryver, S. De Feyter, G. Schweitzer (eds.), Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, pp. 381-390, 2001

Novel Laser System for Ultrafast Spectroscopy.d: Matthew A. Horn, David C. Arnett and Norbert F. Scherer. Proc. SPIE 3273, 276-284 (1998)., 1998

PRESENTATIONS:

“Ultrafast Spectroscopy:  How a billionth of a second becomes an infinity of time.”  Forum for Faculty Research, UVSC, 9 Jan 2003.

 

“Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Two Systems: Photoactive Yellow Protein (PYP) and Prussian Blue.” Physics Colloquium, UVSC, 13 Feb 2003.

 

“Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) and Student Writing.” Communications across the Curriculum workshop, UVSC, Spring 2004.

 

“Preparing guided inquiry materials:  Expanding the concept of data.”  Symposium title:  Learning Centered Approaches across the Curriculum.  American Chemical Society 229th National Meeting, San Diego, CA March 13-17 (2005).

 

“Reasoning skills in GOB chemistry.”  Symposium title:  Chemistry for the Health Sciences - GOBs of Fun.  American Chemical Society 229th National Meeting, San Diego, CA March 13-17 (2005).

 

“Does Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) Promote Teamwork and Problem-Solving Skills?”, Dr. Matthew A. Horn, Dr. Heather Wilson-Ashworth, SoTE-HETL Conference 21 January 2015, Orem, UT.

 

“Using the development of problem-solving and teamwork skills as predictors of student retention and course completion in science courses.”, Preston Stratford, Dr. Heather A. Wilson-Ashworth, Dr. Matthew A. Horn, UCUR 2016.

 

“Increasing student success: The POGIL way.” Dr. Jessica C. Hill, Dr. Claudia Lieberwirth, Dr. Matthew A. Horn, Dr. Heather Wilson-Ashworth. Interactive session presented at the First Annual Teaching for Learning Conference, Orem, UT, 2017.

“Students POGIL their way to retention and completion.” Dr. Jessica C. Hill, Dr. Claudia Lieberwirth, Dr. Matthew A. Horn, Dr. Heather Wilson-Ashworth. Paper presented at the First Annual Teaching For Learning Conference, Orem, UT, 2017.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
My research interests are three-fold.

I have an active research project in the area of chemobrionics, and how macroscopic structures are created from micrsoscopic precipitation events.  I have had students present their research in this project for the last three years.

I have an active research project in chemical pedagogy.  I am a practitioner of POGIL pedagogy, and I and my co-researcher (Dr. Wilson-Ashworth in biology at UVU) are working on the impact of POGIL pedagogy on problem solving and group work behaviors.

I am developing a research project in chemical analysis of antiquities and art objects.  I will be using x-ray fluorescence techniques to analyze antiquities.