Presenters' Bios

Ian Adamson Payette Associates is a leading architecture and planning firm for science and technology projects for higher education, with over 50 completed projects. Ian has been working on college campuses for over 20 years and more recently specializing in science buildings. The majority of this work has been with interdisciplinary undergraduate science centers with a variety of academic departments for both teaching and research. He has participated in several PKAL events and is focused on the continuing evolution of science and engineering education at the undergraduate level. He is a graduate of Penn State. Ian's recent SMET projects have been at Washington and Lee University, Franklin & Marshall College, University of Pennsylvania, Oberlin College, Drew University, Emory & Henry College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Smith College.

James W. Baird, AIA, is a Principal with Holabird & Root, a full service architectural and engineering firm with expertise in programming and laboratory planning. The majority of Mr. Baird's work is with colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. Some of his recent science facility work includes, Grinnell College, Central College, Wartburg College, Luther College, Augsburg College, Macalester College, University of St. Thomas, St. Olaf College, Wittenberg College and University of Evansville. Mr. Baird has participated in several Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Facilities Workshops and is active with the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP).

Janet Baum, one of HERA's Principals, specializes in the programming, planning, and design of technical facilities. Her experience focuses on state-of-the-art academic, institutional, and corporate research facilities in the traditional scientific disciplines, as well as in biotechnology and materials science. She has taught laboratory and biotechnology facility design courses at Harvard University for over 14 years. Widely published on laboratory health and safety guidelines, she is a frequent speaker on lab design. Before forming HERA with Laurie Sperling, Janet was Director of Science and Technology Facility Design at HOK-St. Louis for 4 years, a principal of Payette Associates in Boston for 8 years, and was previously a senior staff architect with Harvard Medical School for 12 years.

Laura Clary, RA, a design architect with HarleyEllis, specializes in the programming, planning, and design of laboratory and research facilities. Her interest is in the integration of new and emerging technologies to facilitate communication, advance research, and energize learning and research environments. Laura is currently developing the Laboratory Design Standards for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Other projects include the Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory and the Joint Institute for Computational Science/Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies at ORNL, Baylor University Sciences Building, Michigan State University Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Kettering University Chemistry and Engineering, Western Michigan University Engineering Building, University of Michigan School of Public Health, and University of Michigan Hospital. Laura also serves as a technical advisor for Convergence, LLC., a start up company holding patented designs for residential fuel cells.

In addition to publishing several articles, she is a contributing author for "Portfolio Design" and a co-author for a soon to be released book entitled "Marketing Your Architecture Firm." Laura has a passion for computer and science technology that began during her graduate studies at the NCSA Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and continues as an Adjunct Professor at Lawrence Technical University. She is encouraged by the progressive evolution of LTU, being one of the first institutions to implement a laptop program, offer a wireless network, and develop an integrated discipline approach to its Architecture Program. She serves on several LTU committees including the Technology Resource Committee, the Architectural Imaging Program Committee, and is the first president of the Professional Women of Lawrence Tech organization. Laura is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery ACM-SIGGRAPH, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is NCARB certified.

Larry Gleason, AIA, is Vice President of CPMI, a facilities consulting firm providing cost management, planning and construction management for building projects. In its 33-year history, CPMI has been involved with projects on more than 65 college and university campuses. Larry has been with CPMI 25 years and has been involved in planning or managing STEM projects at Carleton College, Drake University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Northwest Missouri State University, University of Iowa and University of Minnesota. He has a B.A. in Architecture from Iowa State University and is a licensed architect in Iowa and Minnesota. Larry has been a presenter and panelist for national and regional conferences and workshops of PKAL, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI).

Liz U. Gron:
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987
B.A. Chemistry, Colgate University, 1982

Recent Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
    Hendrix College
    2000 - present
    Conway, Arkansas
  • Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    2000 - 2001
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    Hendrix College
    1994 - 2000
    Conway, Arkansas
  • Industrial Research Liaison, Chemical Engineering
    University of Delaware
    1989 - 1994
    Newark, Delaware
  • Elected member of the Council on Academic Policy
    Hendrix College
  • Keck Facilities Consultant (F21 Observer)
    Otterbein College
    2001 Westerville, Ohio
    Project Kaleidoscope
    Washington, District of Columbia

PKAL Workshops:

  • Facilitator, National PKAL Meeting "A Decade of Reform," College Park, MD, October 1999
  • Steering Committee, PKAL-F21, Houston, Texas, November 1997
  • Presenter, "Chemistry as the Central Science," Colorado College, October 1997
  • Presenter, "Revitalizing Introductory Chemistry," Hendrix College, September 1995

Larry S. Kirchner's professional experience includes over 20 years as an Architect, specializing in Laboratory Design, for a variety of College and University projects. His recent projects include the completion of the programming, design and construction phases for 126,500 square feet of new research and teaching laboratories for Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. In addition, he has served as the Design Architect for the Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Laboratory and the Biological Sciences Research Laboratory facilities on the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville campus. Mr. Kirchner has also recently completed the programming and design phases for a new 60,580 square feet Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology, Math, and Computer Science laboratory facility for Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas and the programming phase for a new 48,800 square feet Chemistry and Biology laboratory facility at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

Arthur J. Lidsky, AICP, President of Dober, Lidsky, Craig and Associates, Inc. Dober, Lidsky, Craig and Associates, Inc., is a professional firm that specializes in college and university campus planning, facility planning, and facility programming, and has worked with over 450 educational institutions world-wide. Prior to his consulting assignments, Arthur was Assistant Director of Long-Range Planning for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served on facility review panels for the National Science Foundation, and has given lectures, presentations, and invited papers at such organizations as the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), International Association for College Unions, No Name Facility Conference, Quality Education for Minorities Network, and the Municipal Art Society of New York. He has been a leader and faculty member at many of the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Facilities Workshops and has given lectures and papers on campus planning and facility programming. Recent college and university engineering, science, and related projects include: Agnes Scott College, Allegheny College, American University in Cairo, Auburn University, Augustana College, Auraria Education Center, Berry College, Birmingham Southern College, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Bucknell University, Carleton College, Colby College, Colgate University, Colorado School of Mines, Cornell University, Dickinson College, Duke University, Edgewood College, Furman University, Gettysburg College, Grinnell College, Hamilton College, Haverford College, Hope College, James Madison University, John Carroll University, Loma Linda University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Middlebury College, Olin College of Engineering, Pomona College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Richard Stockton College, Siena College, Skidmore College, Smith College, Spelman College, Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Methodist University, St. Lawrence University, Syracuse University, Union College, University of Alabama, University of Chicago, University of Denver, University of Miami, Washington and Lee University, Williams College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jeanne L. Narum is Director of the Independent Colleges (ICO) Office and of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL). ICO Director since 1988, Jeanne assists a group of select liberal arts colleges in their relations with federal agencies and programs. In 1989, she became the founding Director of PKAL, an informal national alliance of educators, administrators, and other interested parties working to strengthen undergraduate programs in mathematics, engineering, and the various fields of science. As PKAL Director, Narum has a variety of responsibilities, all focused on building institutional interest in and capacity for building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in these fields. One responsibility is to coordinate the volunteer efforts of a cadre of change agents, persons in colleges and universities across the country taking the lead in transforming the learning environment for students. The experience of these change agents shapes PKAL institutes, workshops and publications, illustrating best practices in the work of reform. One significant dimension of PKAL is the Faculty for the 21st Century network, a group of faculty who, at an early stage of their career, are demonstrating capacity for local and national leadership in the coming decades. Another is PKAL's focus on facilities planning, on ensuring that the physical infrastructure effectively accommodates strong undergraduate SME&T programs. She is the project director for each of the externally-funded programs within PKAL.

Narum's responsibilities also include preparing materials emerging from PKAL activities for wider dissemination, in both print and virtual form. Both PKAL Volume I (What Works in Building Natural Science Communities) and PKAL Volume III (Structures for Science: A Handbook for Planning Undergraduate Facilities) are in wide use on campuses across the country.

Both ICO and PKAL responsibilities connect to Narum's commitment to higher education, which is also evidenced in her involvement as an At-large Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science, a member of the Education Committee of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and an advisor to other efforts sharing the aims of Project Kaleidoscope.

Narum was educated as a musician; her prior experience includes administrative positions at Augsburg College (Vice President for Advancement), Dickinson College (Director of Development), and St. Olaf College (Director of Government and Foundation Relations). From these positions she learned about the role of careful planning and creative thinking, both in shaping institutional futures and in securing the resources needed to realize that future, and developed a clear understanding of how strong undergraduate programs serve the interests of students and society.

Jon Romig: Payette Associates is a leading architecture and planning firm for science and technology projects for higher education, with over 50 completed projects. For over 20 years, Jon Romig has focused on planning and design for college and university science facilities. He is a frequent teacher and lecturer on laboratory design, a specialist in laboratory safety issues, and has been a facilities grant reviewer for NIH. Jon's work is informed by his strong concern for the human and social qualities of the built environment for the sciences. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Jon's recent SMET projects have been at Amherst College, Williams College, Swarthmore College, Eastern Michigan University, Keene State College, Clemson University, City University of New York, Princeton University, University of Utah, Tulane University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Harvard University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Pittsburgh, UCLA, Rutgers University, MIT, Marine Biology Laboratory, Fordham University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, New York University, the State University of New York and the Johns Hopkins University.

Laurie Sperling: As a Principal, Laurie works as Programmer/Planner for HERA. With 20 years experience, she provides master planning and programming on projects for clients, including universities, research corporations, healthcare institutions, and municipal agencies. In addition to her project management responsibilities, Laurie actively participates in departmental interviews, prepares presentation documentation, and provides client quality assurance. She has spoken on a variety of topics at conferences and seminars across the nation. She has also coauthored articles for such publications including the R+D Magazine Handbook.

James E. Swartz, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College; Professor of Chemistry, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa -- Jim Swartz is a graduate of Stanislaus State College in California, and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz. After two years of post-doctoral work, he joined the faculty at Grinnell College, where he holds the faculty position of Professor of Chemistry. In January 1998, Dr. Swartz was named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Grinnell College. As a faculty member, he worked to develop science division-wide efforts to improve introductory courses and to substantially increase the number of participants involved in student-faculty research occurring both during the academic year and during the summer at Grinnell. He directed the $15.3 million renovation and expansion of science facilities, dedicated in 1997 as the Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center, as well as an earlier renovation of chemistry research areas. He now chairs the campus committee planning the second phase of the Noyce Science Center renovation and expansion project. Swartz has served as a consultant to approximately two dozen colleges and universities in the planning of science facilities and curriculum development, has been a coordinator and presenter at several Project Kaleidoscope Facilities Workshops, and. has co-authored a book on planning undergraduate science facilities. Swartz is a current member of the Iowa Energy Center Advisory Council, and is a member of the Team Chair Corps of Consultant-Evaluators for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

M. Warfield Teague is a Professor of Chemistry at Hendrix College Education

  • Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, Purdue University, 1971
  • M.S. Physical Chemistry, Purdue University, 1968
  • B.S. Chemistry, Ouachita Baptist University, 1963
Recent Professional Experience
  • NASA Space Grant/EPSCoR Fellow
    NASA Headquarters
    August 2002 - present
    Washington, D.C.
  • Professor of Chemistry
    Hendrix College
    Conway, Arkansas
  • Chair, Science Facilities Planning Committee
    Hendrix College
    Conway, Arkansas
  • Chair, Department of Chemistry
    Hendrix College
    Conway, Arkansas
  • Area Head
    Natural Science Area
    Hendrix College
    Conway, Arkansas
  • Senior Research Fellow
    Army Research Laboratory
    August 1995- August 1996
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

Howard S. Wertheimer is a Principal with the architectural firm of Lord, Aeck & Sargent in Atlanta. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Howard has been involved in the planning, programming, design and project management of more than 2 million square feet of laboratory and scientific research space. His attention to the economic use of materials and design refinement produces highly successful, functional and efficient research environments for leading colleges, universities, government agencies and private industry.

Howard is the current Chair of the Design Associates for SEFA, The Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association, and serves on their Board of Directors. For the last 2 years, he has served as a juror for R&D Magazine's Lab of the Year Awards program in Chicago, and he is an active member of PKAL, ABSA and the Georgia Biomedical Partnership.

Dr. Barbara D. Wing is Chair of the department of biology and the Lora Bond Professor of Biological Science. Dr. Wing received her Ph.D. in 1980 from the University of Kansas in the area of microbiology. Classes taught by Dr. Wing include Fundamentals of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Pathogenic Microbiology. She will also be teaching the Science and Inquiry course, part of the Global Perspectives 21 curriculum. For the past several years, Dr. Wing and her students have been involved in a research project studying the effects of high blood sugar in diabetes on the structure and functioning of cells and proteins in patients with diabetes. The study is currently focusing on the changes which can occur in the structure of proteins when they are exposed to high levels of sugars. This work is currently being funded through a three-year grant from the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Foundation.

A.S., Kansas City Community College, 1971
B.A., University of Kansas, 1973
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1980
Associate Professor of Biology, 1987

Dr. Mark D. Wood, Associate Professor, came to the Hoffman Department of Chemistry in 1992. Prior to joining the faculty of Drury University, Dr. Wood worked as an analytical Chemistry 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 curricular development 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 University, 1981
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1992
Assistant Professor of Chemistry