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Joe Burnell

Associate Professor
Chemistry

  • Expertise in biochemistry; awarded for teacher excellence in the sciences
  • PhD, Biochemistry

Areas of Expertise
biochemistry

Background
Awarded 2002 UIndy Teacher of the Year and also received the 1992 Robert M. Brooker Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence in Mathematics or Sciences. UIndy (formerly Indiana Central) grad who was taught by great mentors, including Dr. Robert M. Brooker, and played basketball for the University.

Research Interests
enzyme chemistry and metabolism of xenobiotic compounds

Education
PhD, Biochemistry, Indiana University
BS, Chemistry and Biology, University of Indianapolis

Fun facts
I am an auto racing fan who has memorized the list of winners of the Indianapolis 500.

Contact Information
burnell@uindy.edu
317-788-3284
Lilly Hall 332E

Dr. Ann Cutler

Assistant Professor
Chemistry

Areas of Expertise
chemistry, science education

Background
Long-time editor of the Journal of College Science Teaching.

Research Interests
science text comprehension

Education
PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, Purdue University
BS, Chemistry and Biology, Purdue University
BS, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University

Favorite thing about UIndy
UIndy is a community that truly cares about student learning.

Contact Information
acutler@uindy.edu
317-788-5012
Lilly Hall 332A

Levi H. Mielke

Assistant Professor
Chemistry

  • Expertise in analytical and atmospheric chemistry; has published research in several peer-reviewed journals
  • PhD, Analytical Chemistry

Areas of Expertise
analytical and atmospheric chemistry

Background
Served as a postdoctoral fellow (2010-2011) at the University of Calgary and postdoctoral researcher (2011-2013) at Indiana University. Research has been published in peer-reviewed journals: Analytical Chemistry, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Environmental Science and Technology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Atmospheric Environment, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques and Chemical Physics Letters.

Research Interests
environmental chemistry, particularly the development of chemical instrumentation and methods to quantify trace components in the atmosphere that have a big impact on urban air quality

Education
PhD, Analytical Chemistry, Purdue University
BS, Chemistry, Carroll College

Fun facts
My high school graduation and two proms were held at Mt. Rushmore.

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love the people here, and the canal area, but the people come first!

Contact Information
mielkel@uindy.edu
317-788-3539
Lilly Hall 332C

Brad Neal

Assistant Professor
Chemistry

  • Expertise in inorganic chemistry, including interests in organometallic and material chemistry
  • PhD, Chemistry

Areas of Expertise
inorganic chemistry

Background
Expertise is centered on the study of the chemistry of new hybrid metal/organic platforms featuring small organic molecule self-assembled monolayers anchored to metallic gold surfaces via various junction groups.

Research Interests
self-assembled monolayers, molecular electronics, organometallic chemistry

Education
PhD, Chemistry, University of Kansas
BA, Bellarmine University

Fun facts
I enjoy photography and tinkering with all sorts of electronic gadgets.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The personal attention I am able to give to students.

Contact Information
nealb@uindy.edu
317-788-3259
Lilly Hall 332B

Katherine Stickney

Associate Professor & Chair
Chemistry

  • Expertise in organic and polymer chemistry; affiliated faculty of the UIndy Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program
  • PhD, Polymer Chemistry

Areas of Expertise
organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, chemistry education

Background
Was recognized as the 2004 University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year. Is an affiliated faculty member of the UIndy Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows Program for preparing teachers for work in high-needs schools, and was the principal investigator for a 2011 NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Capacity Building grant for planning a new chemistry and life sciences secondary teaching program.

Research Interests
chemical education; writing skills in the sciences (particularly as they relate to success in organic chemistry); chemistry lab-based honors research projects

Education
PhD, Polymer Chemistry, Virginia Tech
BS, Chemistry, University of New Hampshire

Fun facts
I served in the United States Peace Corps as a high school chemistry teacher in Togo, West Africa, before attending graduate school. I have also completed full marathons in more than 30 states, and have a goal of running a marathon in every state in the U.S. Read my Inside UIndy feature story ►

Favorite thing about UIndy
The small class sizes allow the faculty to get to know the students on a personal level.

Contact Information
kstickney@uindy.edu
317-788-3552
Lilly Hall 332F

David Styers-Barnett

Associate Professor
Chemistry

  • Expertise in physical chemistry, nanomaterials and ultrafast laser spectroscopy methods
  • PhD

Areas of Expertise
physical chemistry, nanomaterials

Background
Received PhD in the area of ultrafast laser spectroscopy with a dissertation studying the excited state dynamics of carbon nanotube composite films. Conducted post-doctorate research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. While there, he worked on designing tunable ultrafast laser experiments for a wide variety of user projects and synthesized a number of different carbon-based nanomaterials.

Research Interests
methods for teaching general and physical chemistry; the development of experiments for exploring the interaction between light and nanomaterials

Education
PhD, University of North Carolina
BA, The College of Wooster

Fun facts
I compete in triathlons as part of the Tri-Tornadoes team.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The focus on undergraduate education.

Contact Information
styersbarnett@uindy.edu
317-788-2061
Lilly Hall 332D