STEVE-O.COM

Welcome to the personal website of Steve Bayer, established ca. 1998. Following is a bit of information about Steve, also known as Mr. Steve-O by friends and associates. Steve attended the University of Cincinnati and The Union Institute and University for 2 years each and holds a B.S. in Instructional Technology.

In the late 60's, Steve played keyboards in a local band with Jim Hoerr, Frank Johnston, Roy Jordan, Calvin Meece, and Kevin Quinlan. He also worked at Kirk and Blum doing sheet metal fabrication, sold women's better shoes at Shillitoe's Department Store in downtown Cincinnati, and was unsuccessful as a "parts man" at Holman Motor's BPO Dealership in downtown Batavia, Ohio.

In the late 60's Steve, under the direction of Louis Cralley, Howard Ayer, Jeremiah Lynch, and mentoring from Nelson Leidel, Steve became a physical science aide and technician in the Asbestos Field Studies unit of the USPHS. There he worked with, at the time, co-technicians Thomas Brown, Ralph Zumwalde, and Kenneth Wallingford. This unit, having numerous other employees, performed various sampling and medical surveys of industries making and using asbestos as a significant part of the manufacturing process. There, Steve learned many skills: examples include various sampling methods, pulmonary function testing, microscopy, and photography.

However, by many, he is most known for his instruction (from 1972 to 1996) at CDC/NIOSH. Working with the likes of Ferguson, Perry, Blankenhorn, Colligan, Leininger, DeArmond and many others, Steve and the DTMD (Division of Training and Manpower Development) crew (including Cindy Wheeler and Marsha Striley) presented innumerable training courses throughout the US and some internationally. Courses were presented at various colleges, professional conventions, public agencies, and private companies. Steve became well known, , under tutelage from Jim Ferguson and Sherri Morano plus assistance from John Dement and many others, for the NIOSH 582 course about measuring airborne asbestos dust. The 582 was given from 1972 to 1993 at which time Dr. Linda Rosenstock abolished NIOSH Division of Training. There, Steve also assisted in developing instructional slide shows and video products thanks to mentoring provided by co-workers: Conrad, Wheeler, Holloway, White, Stirnkorb, Elliot, and Carlson. In the 80's and 90's, thanks to a jump start and mentoring from Dave Clapp, he also developed various computer-based training products (initially for the Apple II and, later, for the PC platform) to supplement classroom training sessions.

In the 1990's, a major project became known as The Kayles' Difficult Decisions (PDF Problem Booklet here). Working mainly with Mike Colligan, Frederick Scharf, Dave Chrislip, Hank Cole, and an excellent group from the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) at the University of Kentucky, Steve programmed the CDROM version and contributed, in a variety of ways, to the computer design of the this highly interactive multimedia CD-ROM based narrative simulation exercise.

Ca. 2000, working with Susan Wojcik and Pamela Kidd, Steve assisted in the creation of six internet-based Construction-related Training Exercises for the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Babs DeArmond assisted Steve and Joe Hoffecker created the illustrations. The lessons were programmed using CGI Perl scripts. The Internet lessons were fully, but optionally with speaker icons, narrated such that those with poor reading skills could still fully participate in the exercises.

From 2001 - 2009, Steve was an instructor at Chatfield College, teaching courses such as photography and PowerPoint. In 2007, the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities presented Steve with the "excellence in teaching" award. For 2007-2008, Steve was honored being Chatfield's "Distinguished Instructor". There, he presented computer-related and media-related courses. For several years, he was Chair of the Information Technology department.

in 2001, Steve worked closely with Joan Leonard of the Ursulines of Brown County Ohio. At the time, Joan was writing a scholarly book about aging and, for one chapter, needed a photographer to take 20 journalistic-style film photographs of women. Part way through the project, Joan also requested photographs of butterflies, to be used, in the book, as visual metaphors. Steve also provided computer support so Joan could create the book on her own PC. The process of creating the book, entitled "Cutting to the Root of Ageism: The Effect of Developing Three Gifts" took about 2 years. Portraits and butterfly photos grace the front and back covers of the book.

Steve also has a veteran's history video interview at the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.