Faculty Listing


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Jason Neiser

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Associate Professor of Physics • Chair of Physics and Chemical Physics Programs Physics Work Olin Hall—16 Work Phone: 859.238.6036

Jason Neiser is an associate professor of physics, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2014. He joined the Centre faculty in 2006.

Neiser’s current research interests involve the design and construction of fiber lasers that are capable of producing pulses with a duration on the order of femtoseconds. Being built entirely from fiber, these lasers are typically more compact, more robust, and less expensive than alternative systems, while still delivering excellent beam quality and efficiency.

Neiser graduated summa cum laude from Centre College with degrees in physics and mathematics and earned a Ph.D. from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.

To read about Neiser’s 2010 summer optics research in New York, click here.

Email: jason.neiser@centre.edu

File last updated: 5/2/13

Dorothy Nelms

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Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Dotsie Nelms retired as professor of mathematics at Centre, where she taught since 1969. Her teaching responsibilities included calculus, problem solving and complex variables. Nelms’ skill and commitment as a teacher was honored with Centre’s David Hughes Award for excellence in teaching.

Nelms is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, and before coming to Centre, she taught mathematics at the high school level and worked as a systems service representative with IBM.

Nelms holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Randolph-Macon College, a master’s in teaching from Vanderbilt University and master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Alabama.

Walter Nimocks

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Emeritus Professor of History Emeritus Faculty

Marie Nydam

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Assistant Professor of Biology • Pre-Optometry Advisor Biology Work Young Hall—118 Work Phone: 859.238.6329 Website: www.marienydam.org

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).

Email: marie.nydam@centre.edu

File last updated: 5/2/13

A. Endre Nyerges

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Professor of Anthropology Anthropology Work Crounse Hall—453 Work Phone: 859.238.5240

Endre Nyerges joined the Centre College faculty in 1997 as a visiting professor, having previously taught at the University of Kentucky. He was named associate professor of anthropology the following year and became professor of anthropology in 2007. He has chaired Anthropology/Sociology and Environmental Studies and is an active member of both major programs.

A veteran of ethnological and ecological field research in Iran and Sierra Leone, Nyerges has edited two volumes of scholarly work in anthropology and has published extensively in scholarly books and journals. His current research concerns the remote sensing of environmental change in West African Guinea savanna.

Nyerges holds a B.A. from Earlham College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Email: endre.nyerges@centre.edu

File last updated: 10/20/14



Cultural anthropology — Food production in Africa

Editor of The Ecology of Practice: Studies of Food Crop Production in Sub-Saharan West Africa (Gordon and Breach, 1998), part of a series. Research on ethnography and ecology in Africa and the Middle East.