Best of 2013 Web Stories: Faculty Profiles
December 19, 2013 By Mariel Smith and Cindy Long
As 2013 comes to an end, we’re looking back on the most popular web stories from the Centre homepage, based on Google analytics (To view the entire 2013 web archive, click here). Here are the top three most popular faculty profiles:
1. Professor Jeff Fieberg makes important discovery in Van Gogh painting
Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Fieberg is known as a professor who makes learning an enjoyable and exciting experience. During a sabbatical last year, Fieberg put his skills as a chemist to use in an unusual way. Fieberg used scientific techniques to solve a long-standing mystery about an important piece of art: "Undergrowth with Two Figures" by famed post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh.
2. Centre College research on energy drinks creates buzz
For many college students, "pulling an all-nighter" is a familiar routine typically accomplished with copious amounts of caffeine. Often, the go-to option is a so-called "energy shot" drink that boasts a special blend of energy-boosting ingredients. New research by a behavioral neuroscience professor and her students at Centre College calls the popular drink—and the extra boost it claims to provide—into question. And their preliminary findings are creating quite a buzz.
3. Centre's Mark Lucas named CASE Kentucky Professor of the Year
Dr. Mark Lucas, a three-decade veteran of Centre classrooms and mainstay of the English program, has been named the 2013 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Kentucky Professor of the Year—though anyone who has taken a class with him would not be surprised.