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Chemistry Faculty


   Dr. Ed Lane
Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair
College Registrar
lanee AT william.jewell DOT edu

(816) 415-7643

B.S. in Chemistry with Special Distinction, University of Oklahoma, 1972
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1977
Faculty member at Jewell since 1981
Chairman of the department from 1986 to 1996 and from 2006 to present

Although his area of specialization is physical chemistry, Dr. Lane has spent much of his time teaching introductory courses. He received the college's "Advisor of the Decade" award for his work in academic advising during the 1990's and has twice been named the college's Advisor of the Year, most recently in 2007.

Dr. Lane, with 36 years in teaching and over 30 years at Jewell, has become the college's "senior scientist" and (by far) the oldest active faculty member in White Science Center. He is currently a half-time faculty member, while also working as the college's Registrar.


  Dr. Amy Kerzmann
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Director, Premedical Advisory Program
kerzmanna AT william.jewell DOT edu
(816) 415-5063


B.A., Jamestown College, 2002
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2009
Faculty member at Jewell since 2011

Dr. Kermann spends half of her time as a biochemist within the chemistry department.  She teaches general chemistry, biochemistry, and courses in the biomedical sciences area.  She spends the other half of her time in the newly-created position of director of the Premedical Advisory Program. 



   Dr. Jason Morrill
Associate Professor of Chemistry
morrillj AT william.jewell DOT edu
(816) 415-7874

B.S., Central Missouri State University, 1996
Ph.D., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2001
Faculty member at Jewell since 2004

Dr. Morrill's research interests include computational chemistry, with investigations of the physical and biological properties of molecules of interest by Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships as well as quantum mechanics-based molecular reactivity studies of organic molecules. Dr. Morrill uses the results of these studies to design and then to synthesize novel organic molecules. Other synthetic organic research interests include heterocyclic organic molecules and monomers for polymeric materials.

Click here to learn about the activities of Dr. Morrill's research group. 


  Dr. Shane Price

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
pricees AT william.jewell DOT edu
(816) 415-7637

B.A., William Jewell College, 2002
Ph.D., Univeristy of Kansas, 2009 
Faculty member at Jewell since 2008

Dr. Price's dissertation involved a study of the protein calmodulin's conformations and dynamics using single-molecule and time-resolved spectroscopic tools.


   Dr. Lori Wetmore
Associate Professor of Chemistry
wetmorel AT william.jewell DOT edu
(816) 415-7638

B.S., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 1986
M.S., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 1993
Ph.D., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2000
Faculty member at Jewell since 2000

With a specialty in pharmacology/toxicology, Dr. Wetmore teaches general chemistry and biochemistry courses. In addition, she teaches the Responsible Self class in the core curriculum as well as a course on drugs' effects on the brain. She also coordinates student research projects involving cell culture and flow cytometry. Having worked for the Children's Mercy Hospital for 10 years, she has experience in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and cell biology. Her dissertation research focused on cancer pharmacology. As a post-doctoral fellow at UMKC, she investigated biocompatibility of dental resins. In addition, she enjoys working with the college class at her church and spending her free time running, camping, hiking, and traveling. Dr. Wetmore spent the 2007-08 year teaching in Portugal.


  Dr. Anne Dema
Professor of Chemistry
demaa AT william.jewell DOT edu
(816) 415-7653

B.S., Pittsburg State University, 1987
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1991
Faculty member at Jewell since 1993
Chairman of the department from 1996 to 2006

Dr. Dema moved into full-time administrative work in 2006.  She is now, as Provost, second only to the President in the administrative hierarchy. 






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