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This website is an important resource for:
• Current Centre College students who are interested in a career in one of the health professions
• Prospective high school students who want information on why Centre College is a good choice for them
• Alumni who are applying to medical school and may need some assistance and alumni who want to locate some of their colleagues in the health professions
The members of the Health Professions Advisory Group are all faculty at Centre. Most of the HPAG members have been part of the group since it was founded in 1995. If there is a profession which you are interested in that is not listed below, contact Dr. Joe Workman. Follow Dr. Workman on Twitter (@DrJoeWorkman) and become a member of the Centre College Pre-Health Society Facebook Group.
Aaron Godlaski joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Kentucky, where he studied alcohol and human behavior. Following the completion of his dissertation, he interned at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., specializing in clinical health psychology and outpatient psychotherapy.
Godlaski’s research interests include the effects of mindfulness meditation on cognitive and physiological processes, and the effects of alcohol on human behavior. He is also interested in pedagogical innovations associated with meditation and other contemplative practices, and how such practices can enrich the lives of students.
File last updated: 2/19/16
January Haile is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology. She joined Centre’s faculty in 2008 and was named a Centre Scholar in 2012.
Before coming to Centre, Haile was a research mentor at Virginia Tech, and taught as a supplemental instructor at Emory and Henry College. In 2013, she received Virginia Tech’s Outstanding Departmental Recent Alumni Award for biochemistry. She was invited to attend the 56th annual meeting of the Nobel Laureates and Students in 2006.
She graduated summa cum laude from Emory and Henry College with a B.S in biology and chemistry, where she was President of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society her senior year. She earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Virginia Tech.
File last updated: 8/27/15
Marie Nydam joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of biology. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2016.
Nydam has a B.S. in evolution and ecology from the University of California, Davis. She earned a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Nydam studies phylogenetic relationships, speciation, and self/non-self recognition. She studies marine invertebrates in the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea. She enjoys mentoring research students who are interested in evolutionary biology, genetics, and molecular biology techniques.
Nydam teaches Evolution, Biodiversity, Ecology (BIO 110), Introduction to Genetics (BIO210), Evolutionary Biology (BIO305), and Invertebrate Biology (BIO310).
File last updated: 5/2/13
Kerry Paumi is an assistant professor of chemistry. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2015, a two-year appointment recognizing teaching excellence, scholarship, and contributions to the Centre community.
Before coming to Centre in 2009, Paumi was an adjunct professor of chemistry at Stevenson University. Most recently, she was an instructor in the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky and a visiting scientist in the Graduate Center of Toxicology at U.K.’s School of Medicine, where she completed research in the field of drug detoxification.
Paumi earned a B.S. in chemistry from Gettysburg College, and a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University. She continued her post doctoral training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the biochemistry department, and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the pharmacology department. Her work has been published in Organometallics, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Nature.
File last updated: 06/05/15
Peggy Richey is Ewing T. Boles Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
Richey’s primary area of research interest involves the identification of novel chemical inhibitors of bacteria. She has engaged her Centre students in collaborative research on several research projects. Richey also has actively encouraged her students to pursue off-campus research projects, helping them earn placements with short-term or summer projects at major university laboratories throughout the United States.
Richey has published her research in academic journals including Phytopathology, Journal of Bacteriology, and Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology.
A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kentucky, Richey also holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology from UK.
File last updated:1/14/14
Biochemistry, physiology, and molecular biology of plant disease; the identification of novel chemical inhibitors of bacteria — Long-term research on the testing of chemicals for antibacterial activity against a range of bacteria — Undergraduate science education and research
KatieAnn Skogsberg joined Centre’s faculty in 2008. She is an associate professor of psychobiology, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2013.
Before coming to Centre, Skogsberg taught courses in psychology at Northwestern University, where she earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology: brain, behavior, and cognition.
Her research interests include individual and group differences in visual attention abilities, and the efficacy of behavioral and biofeedback training for enhancing attentional abilities and the remediation of attentional deficits.Her collaborative research focuses on the use of electroencephalography (EEG) to study patterns of brain activity related to attention, and performance on visual attention tasks, specifically the effects of energy drinks on VATs, and also the effects of concussions on VATs. Her work also includes survey research on concussion knowledge and what motivates athletes to return to play after sustaining a concussion. To read more about Skogsberg’s research go to Centre College research on energy drinks creates buzz and Athletes not willing to report concussions, say RICE presentation researchers.
She graduated from Boise State University with a B.A. in theatre arts and a B.S. in psychology, with a biology minor.
File last updated: 8/27/15
Jessica Wooten joined Centre in 2014, and is associate professor of biology.
Her research interests include conservation, molecular evolution, phylogeography, and population genetics of vertebrates.
She received a B.S. and M.S. in biological science from Marshall University, and a Ph.D. from The University of Alabama.
File last updated: 9/7/16
Joe Workman is professor of chemistry, having taught at Centre since 1993. He currently is pursuing research in igneous petrology and geochemistry. He has projects in two areas: single crystal laser fluorination analysis of volcanic rocks for oxygen isotopes from Iceland and Cascades volcanoes to investigate magma origin and the investigation of mass-independent isotope effects of oxygen and sulfur isotopes in volcanic sulfate as a tool to understand the destiny of volcanic plumes and their interaction with the upper atmosphere.
Workman is committed to involving students in research and has collaborated with students in research teams in many summers since coming to Centre. In the 2001-02 academic year, Workman was a visiting research professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he did work in organometallic chemistry. In 2007-08, Workman was a visiting professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia doing research in green chemistry.
In January 2004 he led a group of 34 Centre students to New Zealand to study the physical science of volcanoes. He has subsequently led students in New Zealand studying volcanoes in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and will again in 2014.
Workman also serves as academic advisor to students interested in pre-medical studies, and he has assisted students with MCAT study sessions and field trips to major medical schools. Workman is an energetic teacher and played a leadership role in Centre’s successful efforts to secure a high field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, which is accessible to students for study and research.
Workman holds a B.S. from Santa Clara University, and he earned a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.
File last updated: 10/17/13
EXPERT: Inorganic chemistry — Liquid crystals — Advisement for pre-medical students
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.