I teach the following courses at Chico State.


Wherever possible I try to use real world, non pre-processed data in the classroom. The Data page provides links to download data, codebooks where available, and code to import these data sets into R.


A selection of lecture notes that are appropriate for multiple classes.

Recent Posts

Overview Instructions and links for downloading and installing the R Studio suite of awesomeness. Includes a brief walkthrough of R Studio R – The programming language. R Studio – A fantastic interface for coding in R. LaTeX – Required to create PDF reports. R Commander – A true to form GUI (point and click) for using R. (Optional) Program Installation Windows Download R from https://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/ Download R Studio Desktop (Free License) from http://www.


I’m a big fan of automating all the things. Especially when it comes to teaching materials. I build my own course websites for each class I teach, where I post lecture materials, due dates and links to external resources. Posting it online instead of my campus’s LMS makes the materials accessible to not only my current students, but past and future students as well. I need a schedule, so do my students.


As a teacher, i’m on a 9 month contract. That means technically I don’t “work” over summer. However as any academic can tell you, that’s not how it goes. Everyone works over summer, it’s just what they work on (and when they work on it) is more of a personal preference. Some get grants and work with students, some are busy working in the labs to advance their own research. Some even decide to teach summer school (I’m not quite that crazy yet).



  • Sustaining Success in Chemistry

    This project enhances a current current Sustaining Success project designed to improve student performance in Chemistry 111 (increased GPA, decrease DWF rate) by providing a deeper look at the characteristics of who takes this course, and who passes this course. It is essential for faculty and administrators to have a holistic view of their students, and not consider the effects of changes such as a course redesign independent of other factors that affect student success. This project uses data mining techniques to examine historical trends and assess the impact of the redesign while controlling for other relevant factors.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Recent Publications

  • Insights into the fundamental physiology of the uncultured FE-oxidizing bacterium Leptothrix ochracea

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  • Structural Intervention With School Nurses Increases Receipt of Sexual Health Care Among Male High School Students

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  • Patterns of Sexual Experience Among Urban Latino and African American Ninth Grade Students

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