Office: Trustee Science Center, Room 201
Assistant Professor since 2005
Office: Trustee Science Center, Room 103
Dr. Kenneth G. High came to Drury University 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, Analytical Chemistry. In addition to this, Dr. High has taught Science and Inquiry and Alpha Seminar as part of the CORE 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.
Drury University faculty member since 1990
Office: Trustee Science Center, Room 208
Dr. Albert Korir came to Drury University in 2008. He received his Ph.D. from the department of chemistry at the University of Kansas in 2007. Prior to joining the faculty at Drury, Dr. Korir was a postdoctoral researcher at the chemistry department in University of California, Riverside. His teaching interests include Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Environmental Chemistry.
Dr. Korir has been actively involved in undergraduate research and regularly sends students to regional and national meetings to present their research. His research interests involve developing and improving analytical methods to separate and characterize heparin sequences important for protein-binding. In 2010, Dr. Korir received the Cottrell College Science Award Grant for his research at Drury University.
Drury University faculty member since 2008
Office: Trustee Science Center, Room 108
Drury University faculty member since 2012
Office: Trustee Science Center, Room 204
Dr. Donald E. Morris is an Adjunct Professor and Laboratory Support Specialist, 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. He has been on the staff at Drury University for 5 years where he handles the hazardous waste and has installed and manages the chemical inventory system for the Trustees Science Center among other responsibilities.
Office: Trustee Science Center, Room 104
Dr. Scott A. Petrich arrived at Drury University 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 CORE curriculum. His current research interests include the chemistry and reactivity of pyrazolium salts.
Drury University faculty member since 1994
Office: Trustee Science Center, Room 206
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 expertises are in the fields of (1) computer assisted scientific data analysis using statistical techniques, (2) multimedia presentations, and (3) web authoring.
Lakshmi is the General Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator and co-authors of two general chemistry lab manuals. He also teaches Computer Assisted Data Analysis and General and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory classes. 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 in developing their own classroom and research presentations. Lakshmi trains students to present their research findings at national as well as international science meetings.
Lakshmi has been actively involved in undergraduate NIH funded research in electrochemistry at Drury University. He has published over 70 research papers, with students as coauthors, in referred journals and presented over 180 papers at national as well as international science conferences.
B.S., Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, University of Burdwan, India, 1972
Drury University faculty member since 1990
Office: Trustee Science Center, Room 202
Dr. Rabindra N. Roy was born in Benachity, Durgapur, India. In 1974, he became Professor and was the Chair of the Hoffman Department of Chemistry for about 30 years. Since 1990, Dr. Roy has held an endowed chair, the Walter H. Hoffman Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry.
Dr. Roy is a Ph.D. examiner for 20 foreign universities, a research collaborator with 15 different U.S. universities and research centers, a referee of 30 national and international journals, and a reviewer of grant proposals for federal agencies and private foundations. In addition to the above, he is also a member of many professional organizations.
During sabbaticals and summers, he served as a Visiting Professor at the University of California-Berkeley (1976, 1981); Visiting Scientist at the Bartlesville Energy Technology Center (1983, 1984); Oak Ridge National Lab (1985); the National Bureau of Standards (1986); American Red Cross Research Center (1987); the National Institute of Standards and Technology (1988); University of Miami (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1994); University of Oklahoma (1991, 1993); Oklahoma State University (1992).
Professor Roy has engaged in collaborative research projects in the United States, including Harvard University; the University of California, Berkeley; and universities around the world. During sabbatical (1996), he had the opportunity to work with Nobel Laureate, Dr. Johann Deisenhofer, at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, who has been a research collaborator since that time.
Drury University faculty member since 1966
Office: Trustee Science Center, Room 211
Dr. Mark D. Wood, Professor, came to the Hoffman Department of Chemistry in 1992. His teaching responsibilities include General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Science and Inquiry, and Undergraduate Research. Dr. Wood has a very active and ongoing research program that develops methods and tools for assessing and improving student learning. His research has generated national attention and recognition for its innovation, including multiple grants from the National Science Foundation totaling 1 million dollars. Dr. Wood is currently working on assessment and intervention strategies that can be easily administered at a wide range of universities across the US.
Drury University faculty member since 1992