Experts Guide — Chemistry

Analytical chemistry — Trace level analysis — Science education and importance of basic research
Preston Miles

Walkup Professor of Chemistry
B.A., Centre College; Ph.D., University of Kentucky

An analytical chemist who worked in research and development in private industry before joining the Centre faculty. Deeply committed to collaborative research bringing together students and faculty. Recent research with a Centre student investigating how temperature affects the solubility of a form of carbon molecule known as carbon 60 or C-60 ("fullerenes"). He has developed a number of successful grant proposals on behalf of the sciences at Centre.



Organic chemistry — Chemical education — Computational chemistry — Structure-based drug discovery
Jennifer Muzyka

Professor of Chemistry
B.S., University of Dallas; Ph.D., University of Texas

An organic chemist working on a collaborative interdisciplinary team to discover inhibitors of MurA, a bacterial enzyme important in the synthesis of cell walls. Committed to working with students in collaborative research. Develops web-based applications to help students learn organic chemistry.



Volcanoes — earthquakes — environmental geology — severe weather phenomena — American folk music (especially banjo and dulcimer) — inorganic chemistry.
Conrad Shiba

Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Michigan State University; M.S., The Ohio State University;
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Teaching and research interests: geoscience, especially volcanoes, earthquakes, and environmental geology; severe weather phenomena; inorganic chemistry. Articles in the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry and the Journal of Chemical Education. Academic interest in American folk music with performance and teaching on guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, ukulele. Member of the Raggedy Robin String Band (1982-90), with one recorded album, movie and television appearances, and dozens of live performances.



Inorganic chemistry — Liquid crystals — Advisement for pre-medical students
Joe Workman

Professor of Chemistry; Chief Health Professions Advisor
B.S., Santa Clara University; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Inorganic chemist with expertise on liquid crystals. Currently investigating a relatively new form of liquid crystal that contains metal ions. Has collaborated with students in research teams each summer since coming to Centre; his former students have won awards including Fulbright Scholarships. Academic advisor to students interested in pre-medical studies. Helped Centre secure a high field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer.