Bruce is a proponent of active learning in the classroom. Specifically, he uses Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) techniques in his courses to create dynamic learning experiences during class time. Bruce also uses demonstrations frequently to convey concepts in chemistry, and tries to be available for students whenever they need assistance because he wants to see them succeed.
Chemistry, by nature, is a secular science. Bruce addresses faith/science issues with all students to allow them to understand and be informed about controversies where faith and science seemingly contradict. His goal is to prepare students to have a vibrant, active faith in God as Creator and Sustainer of the universe, and to give Him the glory for our ability to study and understand the intricacies of our world.
Bruce and his wife, Janell, have five children: Benjamin, Emma, Elise, Claire, and MaryElena. Bruce also organizes and presents a chemistry show for the local elementary school each spring. He loves traveling, is an avid cook, and occasionally brings a delectable treat from the “Periodic Table of Desserts!” He also is an accomplished musician and leads worship and choir at a local church and has performed piano pieces with the music faculty at Tabor College.
Bruce’s research interests include organic synthesis, remediation, and biofuels.
Latimer, S.R., Heyen, B.J., “Synthesis and Characterization of 4-Substituted Amino Phenyl Propene Derivatives,” Poster presented at American Chemical Society National Meeting, Spring 2011, Anaheim, CA.
Cassano, A., Higgins, P., Heyen, B., White, S., “Higher Order Structure of Nucleic Acids,” POGIL activity published in , Loertscher, J., Minderhout, V.,Pacific Crest, 2009, Lisle, IL.
Heyen, B.J., “POGIL Biochemistry: It’s Different”, presentation at American Chemical Society National Meeting, Spring 2009, Salt Lake, Utah.
Wimalasena, D.S., Perera, R.P., Heyen, B.J., Balasooriya, I.S., Wimalasena, K. “Vesicular Monoamine Transporter Substrate/Inhibitor Activity of MPTP/MPP+ Derivatives: A Structure-Activity Study, J. Med. Chem., 2008, 51, 760.
Adrian, S.C., Heyen, B.J., Perera, R.P, Wimalasena, K., “Synthesis of Halo-Substituted Amino Phenyl Propene Derivatives,” Poster presentation, American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, Fall 2007.
Heyen, B.J., Olabisi, A.O., Mahindaratne, P.D., Wimalasena, K. “Convenient Entry to C2- and C3-Substituted Gulono-γ-Lactone Derivatives from L-Ascorbic Acid,” Poster presentation, American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, Fall 2007.
Heyen, B.J., “What I Did When I Stopped Lecturing in My College Chemistry Classes,” Talk given at Abilene Christian University Science Symposium, January 2006.
Alsheikh, M. K.; Heyen, B.J.; Randall, S.K “Ion Binding Properties of the Dehydrin ERD14 Are Dependent upon Phosphorylation,” J. Biol. Chem., Oct 2003, 278, Issue 42, 40882.
Heyen, B.J., “Cells, Celery, and Calcium: Proteins Involved in Plant Stress Management,” Tabor Faculty Lecture, Spring 2002, and Bethel College (KS) guest lecturer, Spring 2003.
Heyen, B.J.; Alsheikh, M. K.; Smith, E. A., Torvik, C. F.; Seals, D.F.; Randall, S. K. “The Calcium-Binding Activity of a Vacuole-Associated, Dehydrin-Like Protein is Regulated by Phosphorylation., Plant Phys., Oct. 2002, 130, 675.
zur Loye, H.-C.; Heyen, B. J.; Marcy, H. O.; DeGroot, D. C.; Kannewurf, C. R. ; Shriver, D. F. “Dielectric Response and Conductivity of Poly(Propylene Oxide) Sodium Polyiodide Complexes. Discussion of Charge Transport by an Ion Relay Mechanism.” Chem. Mater., 1990, 2, 603.
Doan, K. E.; Heyen, B. J.; Ratner, M. A.; Shriver, D. F. “The Influence of Cryptands and Crown-Ethers on Ion Transport and Vibrational Spectra of Polymer-Salt Complexes.” Chem. Mater., 1990, 2, 539.
Bennett, J.L.; Dembek, A.A.; Allcock, H.A.; Heyen, B.J.; Shriver, D.F. “Radiation Cross-Linking of Poly[bis(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy)phosphazene]: Effect on Solid-State Ionic Conductivity.” Chem.Mater.,1989, 14.
Heyen, B. J.; Powell, G. L. “Preparation and Structure of Re2~(µ-SEt)2Cl4~ (3,6-dithiaoctane)2; an Edge-Sharing Bioctahedron with an Unbuttressed Re(III)-Re(III) Double Bond.” Inorg. Chem., 1990, 29, 4574.
Heyen, B. J.; Powell, G. L. “Isolation and Structure of heptachloro(3,6-dithiaoctane)dirhenate1-. A Quadruply Bonded Intermediate in an Intramolecular Disproportionation Reaction.” Polyhedron, 1988, 7, 1207.