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Kevin Ahern Oral History Interview. June 29, 2015

Kevin Ahern Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

June 29, 2015

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Kevin Ahern (b. 1954) is an OSU Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics who is well-known for his innovative approach to undergraduate instruction. For many years a Senior Instructor, Ahern pioneered the use of unorthodox techniques - including limericks and songs, which he calls "Metabolic Melodies" - to help students understand and retain complex biochemical processes. Ahern was also on the forefront of the use of the internet to enable scientific education, and has been posting notes and lecture recordings online since 1995. The Director of Undergraduate Research at OSU, Ahern has co-authored multiple textbooks. Included among these are a collection that he wrote with his wife, OSU Senior Instructor Indira Rajagopal, and made freely available online. His interview focuses on his personal scientific evolution, his passion for teaching and advising, and the innovations that he has applied to teaching students at Oregon State and beyond.