Dr. Rabindra N. Roy currently holds an endowed chair, the Walter H. Hoffman Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Roy received his B. Sc. (Hons) and M. Sc from Jadavpur University, India and Ph. D. at Louisiana State University in 1966 and D.Sc from Jadavpur University in 1999. He is also the 1998 recipient of the American Chemical Society" National Award for Research at the Undergraduate Institution." His research interests include: thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of electrolytes, chemical oceanography, blood chemistry, surfactante, and cryobiology. The American Chemical Society (ACS), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health (NIH) etc. have provided funding in the amount of more than $2.6 million to support Dr. Roy's research projects involving over 550 undergraduate students and 125 high school students. These projects have resulted in 130 publications (students as co-authors) in international journals. More than 550 students are the coauthors of about 330 abstracts. Dr. Roy's chemistry students also present papers at regional, national and international chemical conferences. Previous awards include (i) Most Distinguished Scientist by the Missouri Academy of Science, (ii) Camille and Henry Dreyfus Scholar Award, (iii) Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, (iv) Distinguished Faculty Award by Alumni Association of Drury University (College), and (v) Editor, Sixth edition, Directory of Research in Chemistry at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions, published by Council of Undergraduate Research. Current research projects include: (1) Thermodynamics of Mixtures of Electrolytes, (2) A Chemical Equilibrium Model for the Carbonation System in Natural Waters, (3) Standard Physiological Buffers with Reference to Cryopreservation of Organs at Subzero Temperatures, (4) Pitzer Ion-Interaction Theory for the Developement of Unified pH Scale, (5) Effect of Ionic Strength, pH, and Precipitates on Crystallization of Proteins, (6) Colloid Enhanced Ultrafiltration Methods for Removal of Industrial Pollution, and (7) Electrochemical Investigations of Conductivity Polymers. Dr. Roy is a Ph.D. examiner for fifteen foreign universities, and a referee of 20 national and international journals. 

B.Sc., Jadavpur University, Calcutta, 1959
M. Sc., Jadavpur University, Calcutta, 1961
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1966 
D.Sc., Jadavpur University, Calcutta, 1999;

E-Mail : rroy@drury.edu 



Dr. Kenneth G. High came to Drury University (College) in 1990. He received his Ph.D. from the department of chemistry at Seton Hall University in 1988. From 1988 until 1990 Dr. High was a Welch Foundation Fellow at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. Chemistry teaching interests include, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry. In addition to this, Dr. High has taught Science and Inquiry and Alpha Seminar as part of the GP 21 curriculum. In terms of research, he has studied various rhodium and ruthenium complexes as catalysts in oxidation reactions and silane reactions. Most recently, he has participated in a project which involves the interactions of small peptides with glucose. 

B.S., Rider College, 1984
Ph.D., Seton Hall University, 1988
Associate Professor of Chemistry 

E-Mail : khigh@drury.edu 



Dr. Mark D. Wood, Associate Professor, came to the Hoffman Department of Chemistry in 1992. He is currently serving as the chairman of the Hoffman Department of Chemistry. Prior to joining the faculty of Drury University (College), Dr. Wood worked as an analytical chemist for Estee Lauder. His teaching responsibilities include General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Science and Inquiry, and Undergraduate Research. Currently, Dr. Wood is engaged in a reform effort that makes learning exciting, rewarding and fun for both students and faculty. His contribution to curriculum developement has generated national attention for its innovation, including two grants from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Wood is currently working on institution wide reform that uses the successful science reform as a model and platform to initiate a stronger more coherent integrated curriculum. 

B.A., Drury College, 1981
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1992
Associate Professor of Chemistry 

E-Mail : mwood@drury.edu 



Dr. Scott A. Petrich arrived at Drury University (College) in the fall of 1994 after completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation at the University of Central Florida. His teaching duties are dominated by organic chemistry, but have included Alpha Seminar and the Undergraduate Research course as part of the GP 21 curriculum. His current research interests include the chemistry and reactivity of pyrazolium salts. 

B.S., Southwest State University, 1987
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1992
Associate Professor of Chemistry 

E-Mail : spetrich@drury.edu 



Dr. Jacqueline Bennett Assistant Professor, joined Drury University in August 2001. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 1999, she taught organic and advanced organic chemistry at California State University, San Bernardino. The following year she was visiting assistant professor of chemistry at the Claremont Colleges where she taught general and organic chemistry. In addition to these courses, her teaching interests include biochemistry, advanced organic synthesis, and chemical literature. Dr. Bennett's research interests lie in the area of bioorganic chemistry. Her current projects are: (1) analyses of low-level covalent modifications of enzymes at tyrosine residues with possible links to diabetes-related pathologies and (2) identification of a previously uncharacterized cyanogen bromide protein cleavage byproduct. Dr. Bennett has recently published papers in the Journal of the American Chemical Society as well as the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, where she received the 1999 award for best graduate student paper published that year. At present, she has received start-up funds for research with undergraduate students and already has two students involved in one of her projects. She will also serve as the faculty co-sponsor of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate chapter at Drury beginning in January, 2002.

Ph.D., University of California, Organic Chemistry 1999
Assistant Professor of Chemistry 

E-Mail : jacs@drury.edu 



Lakshmi N. Roy is the Director of Science and Technology Services. After teaching mathematics for three years at Southwest Missouri State University Lakshmi joined Drury University in 1990. His expertise are in the fields of (1) computer assisted scientific data analysis using statistical techniques, (2) multimedia presentations, and (3) web authoring. He is also the General Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator and co-authors of two general chemistry lab manuals. He also teaches "Computer Assisted Data Analysis" class. Lakshmi keeps up with the recent technology related to computer hardware and software as well as audio-visual, multimedia and scientific equipments and assists faculty, staff and students to develop their own classroom and research presentations. He is actively involved in Undergraduate Research in chemistry at Drury University funded by ACS, NSF, NIH etc. and published over 55 research papers (students as coauthors) in refereed journals and presented over 160 papers at national as well as international science conferences. Lakshmi also assists science faculty and students to prepare their research papers and train students to present their research findings at national as well as international science meetings.  The current reserch projects Lakshmi is directly involved with are: (1) Thermodynamics of Mixtures of Electrolytes, (2) Standard Physiological Buffers with Reference to Cryopreservation of Organs at Subzero Temperatures, (3) A Chemical Equilibrium Model for the Carbonation System in Natural Waters, (4) Effect of Ionic Strength, pH, and Precipitates on Crystallization of Proteins, (5) Pitzer Ion-Interaction Theory for the Developement of Unified pH Scale, (6) Electrochemical Investigations of Conductivity Polymers, and (7) Colloid Enhanced Ultrafiltration Methods for Removal of Industrial Pollution. 

B.S. (Chemistry, physics and Mathematics), University of Burdwan, India
M.A., Southwest Missouri St. University, 1981
M.B.A., Southwest Missouri St. University, 1982
Director of Science and Technology Services 

E-Mail : lroy@drury.edu 

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Dr. Donald E. Morris is an Adjunct Professor and Laboratory Support Staff, received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1967 and did post-doctoral research at Stanford University. He is experienced in catalysis research and has had over 30 years' experience as an industrial chemist, managing a department of 60 people and providing support to four manufacturing plants of a multi-national chemical company. Dr. Morris is the inventor/co-inventor of 13 U.S. patents and numerous foreign patents, is the author of 14 publications, and has made 18 external presentations. . 

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1967
Post-Doctoral Research, Stanford University
Adjunct Professor and Laboratory Support Staff 

E-Mail : dmorris@drury.edu 



Mrs. Lisa Price has been the Office Coordinator for the Hoffman Department of Chemistry since October 2000. She received a B.S. in Biology from Truman State University in 1978, with a medical technology internship at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was employed as a medical laboratory technologist for 11 years, followed by 10 years in the travel industry. 

Office Coordinator, The Hoffman Department of Chemistry.

E-Mail : lprice@drury.edu 



 
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