Hendrix Faculty Research

Coral snake venom, robots, digital circuit simulation, chemical communication between elephants, large ring lasers, algebraic number theory, green chemistry, science education, sleep and sleepiness, animal behavior, elementary particles and fields, the structure of the universe. These are just a few of the subjects that interest Hendrix faculty and a sample of the areas that faculty members and their students are exploring with the goals of expanding knowledge and increasing understanding. Scan the list below to see what interests you and click the professor’s name to learn more.

Carl Burch
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Natural Sciences Area Chair
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Research interest: Digital circuit simulation, started open-source project called Logisim

Chris Camfield
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Research interests: Analysis on Metric Spaces, Geometric Measure Theory, Image and Data Analysis.

Duff Campbell
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Boston University
Research interest: Algebraic number theory

Andres A. Caro
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires
Research interest: The biochemical mechanisms by which alcoholic beverages produce liver damage.

Jennifer L. Dearolf
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Cornell University
Research interest: Muscle form and function in cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), guinea pigs and other mammals.

Andrea A. Duina
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph. D., Northwestern University
Research interest: Understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate the expression of genes in living cells

Robert W. Dunn
Professor of Physics and Senior Research Fellow
Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Research interest: Hendrix College Ring Laser Undergraduate Research Project

Gabriel J. Ferrer
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Research interest: Robotics, software specification and verification

Thomas E. Goodwin
Elbert L. Fausett Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Arkansas
Research interest: Chemical communication in threatened or endangered mammalian species, green organic chemistry experiments, synthesis that supports biomedical research on warfarin, an anticoagulant

Liz U. Gron
Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Research interest: Development of green chemical reactions and green pedagogical materials as well as increasing the public’s understanding of the power of green chemistry.

David A. Hales
Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
Research interest: Ionized molecules and their reactions

George Harper
Nancy and Craig Wood Odyssey Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Research interest: The evolution and ecology of a number of reptile species, focusing on coralsnake mimicry, coralsnake and copperhead venom, and queen snakes in Arkansas

Courtney Hatch
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Colorado
Research interest: The effects of natural aerosols on the Earth system

J. Brett Hill
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Research interests: Using GIS to address questions of human ecology; ancient environmental degradation in desert regions

Dionne Bennett Jackson
Assistant Professor of Education
Ed.D., Baylor University
Research interest: Science teaching and the professional development of science teachers

James M. Jennings
Professor of Education and History
Ed.D., Vanderbilt University
Research interest: The Above the Line Project, testing the effectiveness of research-based instructional strategies in regular classroom settings in high-poverty, low-performing areas

Lindsay A. Kennedy
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research interest: Health-related decision making, positive psychology, and the interplay between emotions and cognitions

Randall A. Kopper
Nancy and Craig Wood Odyssey Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Kansas
Research interest: Coralsnake venom and what drives the evolution of enzymes and other compounds within venom

Christopher C. Marvin
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research interest: Developing “greener” methods to form carbon-carbon bonds, studying ways to use catalysts to harness light energy to drive chemical reactions

Matthew D. Moran
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Delaware
Research interest: how ecological interactions and evolutionary history affects the structure of natural communities

Richard C. Murray
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
Research interest: The Mammalian nervous system

Jennifer Penner
Julia Mobley Odyssey Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Research interest: As a researcher in the area of comparative psychology and animal behavior, I am interested in the behavioral and cognitive adaptations that underlie behavior and decision-making in humans and non-human animals.

Jennifer J. Peszka
Julia Mobley Odyssey Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Research interest: Sleep and sleepiness, cognitive processing during sleep onset

Andrew M. Schurko
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Manitoba
Research Interest: Molecular evolutionary and expresison analysis of meiosis-related genes in diverse organisms.

Damon Spayde
Dr. Brad P. Baltz & Rev. William B. Smith Odyssey Associate Professor of Physics
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Research interest: Using experimental nuclear physics to probe fundamental properties of the universe

Tom D. Stanley
Professor of Economics and Business
Ph.D., Purdue University
Research interest: The synthesis and explanation of all areas of economics research using meta-regression analysis.

David Sutherland
Associate Provost and Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of North Texas
Research interest: Combinatorics

Todd A. Tinsley
Associate Professor of Physics
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Research interest: Theoretical physicist studying elementary particles and fields

Ann Willyard
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Oregon State University
Research interest: Ancient hybridization events among distantly related plant species

Ann Wright
Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Research interest: Measurement techniques and sensors, robots

Leslie Zorwick
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Research interest: How people are influenced by the presence and absence of group stereotypes and how a person's sense of identification with social groups affects behavior and a sense of self.