Paul Barron received a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in chemistry and originally comes from rural Minnesota. His research has focused on the synthesis and characterization of self-assemble materials resulting in 10 publications with over 230 citations. Barron came to UMKC in the summer of 2011 as an assistant teaching professor. His current teaching responsibilities are focused on freshman-level general chemistry I and II labs which accommodated over 500 students this past fall semester. Barron is looking to incorporate more technology into his general chemistry labs and possible course redesign. Additionally, he is one of two primary academic advisors for the chemistry department which has over 300 majors with one-on-one advising required each semester. His research interests are twofold: first is continuing collaborations on structural analysis of crystalline materials and second he would like to start research in methods of laboratory education.