Professor

ALS 2145

ahernk@onid.orst.edu

541-737-2305 | 541-737-8906

Education

B.S. Zoology, 1976 - Oklahoma State University; M.S. Biochemistry, 1981 - Oklahoma State University; Ph.D. Biochemistry and Biophysics, 1986 - Oregon State University

Background & Interests 

At Oregon State University I am a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics where I teach courses largely taken by students pursuing careers in the health sciences. These are survey classes required by many majors in the life sciences (biology, microbiology, botany/plant pathology, bioengineering) and include BB450/550 and BB 451/551 (General Biochemistry) and BB 350 (Elementary Biochemistry). Other courses I teach include a Synthesis course, BB 332 (Molecular Medicine), an Honors College course, BB 405H (Scientists in the Public Eye), and BB 111 (Introduction to Biochemistry/Biophysics Research). Each of the survey courses is available four times per year on OSU's Ecampus. I am an ardent advocate of the use of technology in the classroom and towards this end I videotape all of my survey course lectures and provide streaming and iPod content of each to students on the Internet. My YouTube channel can be seen at the following URL - http://www.youtube.com/user/oharow?feature=mhee. I am also a lecturer for a company called Lecturio where I have 171 videos that can be accessed at https://www.lecturio.com/medical-courses/biochemistry.course
I am a co-author on three popular Open Educational electronic textbooks. They are 1) "Biochemistry Free and Easy," 2) “Biochemistry Free For All,” and 3) "Kevin and Indira's Guide to Getting Into Medical School." Each of these books can be downloaded for free at http://biochem.science.oregonstate.edu/content/biochemistry-free-and-easy. I was an author on the popular Mathews, van Holde, and Ahern “Biochemistry” textbook published by Addison-Wesley Longman in 2000. I am also the creator of the Metabolic Melodies, a series of biochemistry-related lyrics I wrote to popular melodies.
Besides my efforts at OSU, I had a separate career for over 25 years as a science writer/editor. This included stints as a contributing editor to BioTechniques from 2004 to 2011 (wrote the monthly WebWatch column), Genetic Engineering News from 1997 to 2009 (wrote the "On the Web" column), and Science magazine from 1998 to 2003 (software reviews in the Compass section). I served for 12 years as editor of BIOTECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE & INTERNET JOURNAL.
For fun, I like to write humorous verses and limericks and have produced seven books of them. All can be accessed through http://www.davincipress.com/123.html

Honors & Awards 

1. Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor (2017)
2. Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching - semi-finalist for 2018 award – (http://www.baylor.edu/cherry_awards/index.php?id=941441)
3. Eminent Professor of University Honors College (2017)
4. Phi Beta Kappa Best Mentor/Advisor Award (2017)
5. Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching - semi-finalist for 2016 award - http://www.baylor.edu/cherry_awards/index.php?id=927523
6. Outreach & Engagement Vice Provost Award for Excellence – Innovation Award for Open Educational Resources (2014)
7. National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Faculty Award for Faculty Advising (2013)
8. OSU Library Open Access Hall of Fame (2013)
9. Olaf Boedtker Award for Excellence in Advising, College of Science, Oregon State University (2011).
10. Mortar Board Top Professor (2016-17, 2015-16, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1998-99)
11. OSU Nominee for U.S. Professor of the Year (2009)
12. Beaver Champion Award (2008)
13. Medical Foundation of Oregon Mentor Award (2007)
14. Frederick H. Horne Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching Science (2006)
15. Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award (2005)
16. Olaf Boedtker Award for Excellence in Advising, College of Science, Oregon State University (2000).
17. Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching, College of Science, Oregon State University (1999).
18. University Honors College Instructor of the Year finalist (2003-04, 2009-10)
19. U.S. Patent #5,470,724

Representative Publications

Ahern, K. My Many Merry Melodies. DaVinci Press (2017) ISBN 978-1-387-39851-5

Ahern, Kevin. Ahern, K. A Limerick a Day For a Sixth Year. DaVinci Press (2017) ISBN 978-1-387-28265-4

Ahern, K., Rajagopal, I., and Tan, T. Biochemistry Free For All (2016) (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/biochemistry-free-for-all/id1149493662?...)
Ahern, K. “Teaching Biochemistry Online at Oregon State University.” Biochem Mol Biol Educ (2016). doi:10.1002/bmb.20979

Ahern, K. and Rajagopal, I., “Creating an Open Educational Resources e-textbook,” Genes to Genomes, Genetics Society of America, (2015), http://genestogenomes.org/creating-an-open-educational-resources-e-textb...

Ahern, K. and Rajagopal, I. Biochemistry Free and Easy, DaVinci Press (2012) - http://biochem.science.oregonstate.edu/content/biochemistry-free-and-easy
Ahern, K. “The Citric Acid Cycle” Biochem Mol Biol Educ (2014), 42, 510.

Ahern, Kevin. “Fatty Acid Metabolism” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2013), 41, 362.

Ahern, Kevin. “New Serine Protease Song” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2013), 41, 209.

Ahern, Kevin. “Henderson Hasselbalch” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2012), 40, 405.

Ahern, Kevin. “Pentose Phosphate Pathway” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2012), 40, p. 288.

Ahern, Kevin . “Around the Nucleus” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2012), 40, 216.

Ahern, Kevin . “Chromatin” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2012), 40, 156.

Ahern, Kevin. "Good Protein Synthesis" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2011), 39, 468.

Ahern, Kevin. "The Three R's of DNA," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2011), 39, 401.

Ahern, Kevin. "The Way They Work," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2011), 39, 331.

Ahern, Kevin. "They Call the Stuff Urea," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2011), 39, p.247.

Ahern, Kevin. "To Make a Cholesterol," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2011), 39, p.80.

Ahern, Kevin. "Catalyze" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Edcation (2010), 38, 355.

Ahern, Kevin and Rajagopal, Indira. "Photosynthesis is Divine" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, in press.

Ahern, Kevin. "Enzymes" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2009), 37, 260.

Rajagopal, Indira and Ahern, Kevin. "Central Dogma Zen" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2009) 37, p. 68.

Ahern, Kevin. "Gluconeogenesis" Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2008), 36, 443.

Ahern, Kevin. "Biochemistry Pie," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2008), in press.

Ahern, Kevin. "When Acids Are Synthesized," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2008), in press

Ahern, Kevin. "Translation," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2008), in press

Ahern, Kevin. "Hemoglobin's Moving Around," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2007) 35, p. 478

Ahern, Kevin. "The Tao of Hormones," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2007) 35, p. 226

Ahern, Kevin. "When Acids Get Oxidized," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2007) 35, p. 78

Ahern, Kevin. "Biochemistry, Biochemistry," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 427

Ahern, Kevin. "The E. coli Song," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 426

Ahern, Kevin "God Rest Ye Merry Lipoproteins," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 425

Ahern, Kevin. "O Little Protein Molecule," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 424

Ahern, Kevin. "Hark the Sucrose," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 423

Ahern, Kevin. "The Vegetarian's Song," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 354.

Ahern, Kevin. "This Biochemistry," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 353.

Ahern, Kevin. "Fatty Acids in Our Cells," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 352.

Ahern, Kevin. "The Cell's Lament," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 351

Ahern, Kevin. "I'm a Little Mitochondrion," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 350

Ahern, Kevin. "The Ribosome," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 288.

Ahern, Kevin. "The Codon Song," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 288.

Ahern, Kevin. "N-A-D," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 208.

Ahern, Kevin. "We All Need Just a Little ATP," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 207.

Ahern, Kevin. "Battle Hymn of Biochemistry," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 206.

Ahern, Kevin. "B-DNA," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 115.

Ahern, Kevin. "The Sound of Glucose," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 114.

Ahern, Kevin. "If You're Molecular and Know It, Clap Your Hands," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 113.

Ahern, Kevin. "Glucagon is Coming Around," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 36.

Ahern, Kevin. "En-er-gy," Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (2006) 34, p. 35.