Samuel Pazicni

Assistant Professor

Chemistry and Chemistry Education
Department of Chemistry
University of New Hampshire 

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Education and Achievements

  • B.A., Chemistry and Music, Washington and Jefferson College (2001)
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin (2006)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biophysics and Chemistry Education, University of Michigan (2006-2009)
  • Samuel Jones Prize in Chemistry and Physics, W & J College (2001)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, W & J College (2001)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Wisconsin (2003)
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin (2005)
  • Chair, Gordon Graduate Research Seminar on Bioinorganic Chemistry (2008)
  • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, declined (2008)

Research Interests

Developing instructional methodologies to facilitate peer instruction in the classroom; designing assessment methods to evaluate learning progressions in undergraduate chemistry; enhancing graduate student professional development through teaching.

Chemistry and biochemistry of heme proteins and heme transport/sensing; exploring the structure-function relationships of heme-thiolate proteins and enzymes; application of synchrotron radiation techniques to questions in metallobiochemistry and metallophysiology.

Related Publications

Pyburn, Daniel T. and Pazicni, Samuel. “Applying the Multilevel Framework of Discourse Comprehension to evaluate the text characteristics of General Chemistry textbooks,” Journal of Chemical Education 2014, 91 (6), 778-783.

Pazicni, Samuel and Bauer, Christopher F. “Characterizing illusions of competence in introductory chemistry students,” Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2013, doi: 10.1039/C3RP00106G.

Pazicni, Samuel and Pyburn, Daniel T. Intervening on behalf of low-skilled comprehenders in a college general chemistry course. In Benassi, V. A., Overson, C. E., & Hakala, C. M. (forthcoming, 2013). Applying the Science of Learning in Education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. Society for the Teaching of Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 2).

Pyburn, Daniel T.; Pazicni, Samuel; Benassi, Victor K.; and Tappin, Elizabeth. “Assessing the relation between language comprehension and general chemistry performance,” Chemistry Education Research and Practice 2013, 14, 524-541.

Vázquez, Anne V.; McLoughlin, Kaitlin; Sabbagh, Melanie; Runkle, Adam C.; Simon, Jeffrey; Coppola, Brian P.; and Pazicni, Samuel. Writing-to-teach: A new pedagogical approach to elicit explanative writing from undergraduate chemistry students. Journal of Chemical Education, 2012, 89, 1025-1031.

Bhave, Devayani P.; Han, Wen-Ge; Pazicni, Samuel; Penner-Hahn, James E.; Carroll, Kate S.; and Noodleman, Louis. "Geometric and electrostatic study of the [4Fe-4S] cluster of Adenosine-5'-phosphate reductase from broken symmetry density functional calculations and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy," Inorganic Chemistry, 2011, 50, 6610-6625.

Koutmou, Kristin S.; Casiano-Negroni, Anette; Getz, Melissa M.; Pazicni, Samuel; Andrews, Andrew J.; Penner-Hahn, James E.; Al-Hashimi, Hashim M.; and Fierke, Carol A. "NMR and XAS reveal an inner-sphere metal binding site in the P4 helix of the metallo-ribozyme ribonuclease P," Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, U.S.A, 2010, 107, 2479-2484.

Chen, Haimei; Pazicni, Samuel; Krett, Nancy, L.; Ahn, Richard W.; Penner-Hahn, James E.; Rosen, Steven T.; and O'Halloran, Thomas V. "Coencapsulation of arsenic- and platinum-based drugs for targeted cancer treatment," Angewandte Chemie International Edition2009, 48, 9295-9299.

Naranuntarat, Amornrat; Jensen, Laran T.; Pazicni, Samuel; Penner-Hahn, James E.; and Culotta, Valeria C. "The Interaction of Mitochondrial Iron with Manganese Superoxide Dismutase," Journal of Biological Chemistry,2009, 284, 22633-22640.

Cherney, Melisa M.; Pazicni, Samuel; Frank, Nina; Marvin, Katherine A.; Kraus, Jan; Burstyn, Judith N. "Ferrous human cystathionine β-synthase loses activity during enzyme assay due to a ligand switchprocess,"Biochemistry200746, 13199-13210.

Pazicni, Samuel; Melisa M. Cherney; Lukat-Rodgers, Gudrun S.; Oliveriusová, Jana; Kraus, Jan; Rodgers, Kenton R.; Burstyn, Judith N. "The heme of cystathionine β-synthase likely undergoes a temperature-induced redox-mediated ligand switch," Biochemistry200544, 16785-16795.

Caserio, Majorie; Coppola, Brian P.; Lichter, Robert L.; Bentley, Anne K.; Bowman, Matthew D.; Mangham, Andrew N.; Metz, Kevin M.; Pazicni, Samuel; Phillips, Margaret F.; Seeman, Jeffrey I. "Responses to Changing Needs in U.S. Doctoral Education," Journal of Chemical Education200481, 1698-1704.

Pazicni, Samuel; Lukat-Rodgers, Gudrun S.; Oliverusová, Jana; Rees, Katherine A.; Parks, Ryan B.; Clark, Robert W.; Kraus, Jan; Rodgers, Kenton R.; Burstyn, Judith N. "The redox behavior of heme in cystathionine β-synthase is pH dependent," Biochemistry200443, 14684-14695.

Updated 6/11/14