Natural Science Faculty
Leonard Demoranville joined the Centre faculty in 2012 as visiting assistant professor of chemistry.
Before coming to Centre, Demoranville spent time as a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His research there focused on the trace detection of illicit drugs using ion mobility and mass spectrometry. During his graduate work, he participated in the University of Maryland University Teaching and Learning Program, which trains future faculty members in the scholarship of teaching and learning. This led to his selection as a Lilly Graduate Teaching Fellow.
Demoranville received a B.S. from Eastern Nazarene College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park.
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File last updated: 5/2/13
Jeffrey Fieberg joined the faculty at Centre College in 2005, was promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 2008, and named the John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry in 2017. Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2005, he taught at Hillsdale College (1998–2001) and Georgetown College (2001–2005), where he won the John Walker Manning Distinguished Mentor and Teacher Award in 2003.
Raised in Kirkwood, Missouri, Fieberg graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in chemical physics from Centre College. He received his M.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas. His Ph.D. research focused on the photochemistry of molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. Fieberg has been published in such journals as Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of Chemical Physics, Surface Science, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions, Journal of Chemical Education and Applied Spectroscopy.
Fieberg’s current research interests are in technical art historical investigations of modernist paintings and analysis of artists’ materials. In 2011-2012, he participated as the first Sabbatical Leave Research Fellow in Technical Art History at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). Working in the Conservation Science Laboratory directed by Gregory Smith ’95, Ph.D., technical analyses of paintings from the IMA’s European collection were performed using x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman microspectroscopy, and infrared microspectroscopy. The paintings analyzed included Mysterious Departure by Giorgio de Chirico, Jupiter with Thunderbolt, attributed to a follower of Jacob Jordaens, and the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Undergrowth with Two Figures by Vincent van Gogh (http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/aspc/71/5). Fieberg frequently returns to the IMA, where he has helped to investigate the IMA’s Van Gogh painting, Landscape at Saint-Rémy.
Fieberg frequently teaches General Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, and Natural Science. Fieberg is an energetic teacher. In his introductory classes, he performs demonstrations almost daily in class. Fieberg has received several awards, including the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), the C. Eric Mount Jr. Student Appreciation Award (2007), the Outstanding Professor Award from Greek Life (2008 and 2009), and the David Hughes Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service (2010). He was named a Centre Scholar in 2008 and 2014. He was selected co-Most Dramatic Professor in Kentucky by Kentucky Monthly in 2010.
As a Centre student, Fieberg studied art, architecture and music abroad in Paris, Florence, Munich, and Amsterdam. Fieberg is a staunch advocate of the transformational experiences gained by studying abroad, and he has led both semester programs and short-term travel courses in Europe. Fieberg co-directed the Centre-in-London program in 2010 where he taught Chemistry in Art and British Scientists: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. Fieberg directed the Centre-in-Strasbourg program for the 2013-14 academic year and is directing the Strasbourg program for the 2017-18 academic year.
Fieberg’s signature class, Molecular Modernism, is a truly interdisciplinary mix of science and art. He has taught Molecular Modernism: Monet to Mondrian as a first-year studies course with field trips to museums and conservation labs in Washington D.C., Indianapolis and Chicago. For CentreTerms 2013 and 2017, he taught Molecular Modernism: Manet to Matisse as a three-week travel course in Paris and Southern France. In Strasbourg, Fieberg teaches Molecular Modernism: Manet to Marc, which includes visits to museums in France, Germany and Switzerland. In addition, Fieberg offers Chemical Analysis of Modernist Paintings as an upper-level elective for chemistry majors and minors.
Fieberg is highly active on campus; he has chaired the Chemistry Program, Natural Science Program, and the Committee on Tenure and Reappointment. He serves as the faculty advisor for the social fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In the past, he has served as the faculty liaison for the Centre softball team and as the faculty advisor for the American Chemical Society. Fieberg is heavily invested in community outreach as he frequently performs chemistry demonstration shows at local schools with Centre students.
File last updated: 9/8/17
Jim Kelly is an associate professor of physics who joined Centre’s faculty in 2008. Before coming to Centre, he taught mathematics and physics at Bellevue College in Washington and mathematics at the University of Washington. He was a staff scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, and he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Phenomenology.
Kelly’s academic interests include radar signal and image processing, nonlinear dynamics and fractal geometry, mathematical physics and particle physics. His articles have been published in Physical Review, Physics Letters, and Inverse Problems.
He graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a B.S. in physics. He then earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Davis and later an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Washington.
File last updated: 8/27/15
Anne Lubbers is professor of biology at Centre College, where she has taught since 1993.
A plant ecologist, Lubbers has special expertise on factors affecting seed production. Her work has been published in professional journals, including the American Journal of Botany and Ecology.
Lubbers provides her Centre students opportunities for collaborative research. For the last five years she has studied reproductive success in wild ginseng. One or two students work with her each summer as they visit eight forest populations throughout Kentucky of this increasingly uncommon species. One of those students, Karen Trowbridge, subsequently was awarded third place in the biology poster competition at the joint annual meeting of the Tennessee and Kentucky Academy of Sciences in the fall of 2001. This summer Lubbers will continue the process of studying how soil conditions, sunlight, and pollination affect the plant’s ability to produce seed.
Lubbers says of such field work for students: “Whatever field our students go on to pursue, they gain some really important basic skills in this program—how to be organized in collecting data, the importance of being careful when recording numbers or doing lab work, how to interpret the information obtained, how to use a computer for graphing and—especially—how to think logically and concisely.”
Lubbers is a member of the Botanical Society of America, the Kentucky Native Plant Society, the Ecological Society of America, and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Ph.D. from Duke University.
File last updated: 8/5/13
Botany — Plant reproductive ecology — Invasive plants
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.
Preston Miles is professor of chemistry at Centre College, where he has taught since 1981. He has held the Walkup Professorship of Chemistry since 1997, and has served as chair of the natural science program.
Miles is an analytical chemist who worked in research and development in private industry before joining the Centre faculty. He is deeply committed to getting Centre students involved in collaborative research. His research has focused on the development and application of methods for trace level analyses. Current projects include the determination of toxic heavy metals in woody plant materials, the determination of cortisol in urine and feces from both captive and wild wooly monkey populations, and most recently, the determination of PPCP’s in surface waters.
The PPCP compounds (pharmaceutical and personal care products) represent a category of potential environmental concern. Recent discoveries (Science News, April 2000, Environmental Science and Technology, February 2002) suggest that these compounds occur at levels and frequencies much higher than previously anticipated. Miles and his student collaborators are currently working on developing and validating sample preparation and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry methods for some of these compounds.
Miles has developed a number of successful grant proposals on behalf of the sciences at Centre. He holds a B.A. from Centre and earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Kentucky.
File last updated: 8/5/13
EXPERT: Analytical chemistry — Trace level analysis — Science education and importance of basic research
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.
Plummer joined the Centre faculty in 1996. She teaches Practicum & Introduction to Education, The Autism Puzzle, The Superhero: A Moral Model, and Voices of Diversity in the Classroom. She has also served as chair of the education program.
She was the longtime faculty advisor for the LIFT program (“Learning Is Fun Together”), in which Centre’s education majors prepared and facilitated an evening enrichment program for local fourth- and fifth-grade students. She has also served as the teacher educator for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program committees of numerous first-year teacher interns in Boyle County and Danville, Kentucky elementary/middle schools. Her invited book chapter, “Line Graphing Skills and Attitudes of College Biology Nonmajors” was published in the international book, Fostering Scientific Habits of Mind: Pedagogical Knowledge and Best Practices in Science Education. Her work with a local elementary teacher and Centre student teacher, “Linking Science and Literacy” on the integration of science with children’s literature was published in Science Activities.
Plummer holds a B.S. in biology from Texas Wesleyan University, an M.A. in biology and a life teaching certificate for biology, physical, and life/earth science from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
File last updated: 8/18/17
EXPERT: Science education
Extensive experience teaching science at the junior high, high school and college level. Teaches introductory classes on education, autism, and diversity. Served as faculty sponsor for the L.I.F.T. program (“Learning Is Fun Together”), in which Centre’s education majors taught an evening enrichment program for designated fourth- and fifth-grade students. Publications in Science and Children, Science Activities, and Reading Horizons.
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