Experts Guide — Science

Cloning — Stem cells — Developmental neurobiology — Research on the development of neurons
and neurotransmitters — Analysis of neurotransmitters, sympathetic neurons, and target tissues
Steve Asmus

Dowling Associate Professor of Biology and
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

B.S., Cleveland State University; Ph.D., University of Michigan

Special expertise in the field of developmental neurobiology. Research on the neurotransmitters produced
in interneurons of the cerebral cortex during development. Asmus frequently collaborates with students on
his research. He has authored professional papers for journals including Brain Research and Developmental Biology.



Undergraduate instruction in biochemistry and biomolecular biology — Web as a tool in undergraduate science — Research on vitamin A metabolism
Stephanie Dew

Professor of Biology and
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

B.A., Centre College; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Long-term research on the proteins and enzymes required for the transport and metabolism of vitamin A, especially in freshwater fish. Role of vitamin A in development. Collaborative research with students — two John C. Young Scholars in four years.



Astrophysical masers — Astronomy
Phil Lockett

Professor of Physics
B.A., Centre College; M.S.E., University of Pennsylvania;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Special interest and expertise in astrophysical masers. Grants and research on the evolution of stars. Articles published in journals including the Astrophysical Journal. Has involved his Centre students in collaborative research.



Botany — Plant reproductive ecology — Invasive plants
Anne Lubbers

Professor of Biology
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; Ph.D., Duke University

A plant ecologist with expertise on factors affecting seed production in native plants. Articles published in the American Journal of Botany. Regularly involves her Centre students in collaborative research. Most recent work is on American ginseng; Lubbers and her students are studying how water availability, sunlight, and pollination affect the plant's ability to produce seed. Interested in invasive plants and teaches one biannual course on plant-herbivore interactions.



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.



Science education at the junior high and high school level — Technology in education
Donna Plummer

Associate Professor of Education
B.S., Texas Wesleyan University; M.A., University of Texas;
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

Extensive experience teaching science at the junior high, high school and college level. Teaches classes on technology in education, educational psychology and analysis of teaching. Serves as faculty sponsor for the L.I.F.T. program ("Learning Is Fun Together"), in which Centre's education majors teach an evening enrichment program for designated fourth and fifth-grade students. Reviews in School Science and Mathematics and Journal of College Science Teaching.



Biochemistry, physiology, and molecular biology of plant disease — Long-term research on Fusarium solani, a fungus that attacks soybeans — Undergraduate science education and research
Peggy Richey

Professor of Biology and
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Areas of expertise include genetics, evolutionary biology, aquatic ecology, and human anatomy and physiology. Research interests focus on predatory-prey interactions in aquatic systems. Committed to working closely with area schools to improve science education at the pre-college level.



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.