David Shubert, PhD, is a dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Newman University, Wichita, Kansas, where until recently he designed and cotaught the combined chemistry-physics for nurse anesthesia course with Dr. Leyba. He was inducted into the national Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation prior to joining Newman University in 1987. Although his area of expertise lies in organometallic chemistry, Dr. Shubert has taught introductory, general, organic, analytical, and instrumental analytical chemistry, as well as biochemistry, earth and space science, general physical science, and chemistry/physics for nurse anesthesia. In 1995, Dr. Shubert was honored by his students and peers with the Teaching Excellence Award. He has worked as a chemical consultant with several local industries, including Vulcan Chemicals and BG Products. Working with colleagues from five independent colleges, and with financial support from the National Science Foundation, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, and the A. V. Davis Foundation, Dr. Shubert has offered numerous workshops that provided training and access to modern instrumentation to high school chemistry teachers. Most recently, he was recognized by the "Wichita Business Journal" in 2014 as a Healthcare Hero. His research interests have evolved from organometallic chemistry to chemical education.
John Leyba, PhD, is a professor of chemistry and head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia. Previously, he was a faculty member at Newman University for 12 years, where he served as the chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and where he cotaught the combined chemistry-physics for nurse anesthesia course with Dr. Shubert. Dr. Leyba has extensive industrial experience in the Department of Energy Complex. He was senior scientist, senior scientist A, and principal scientist with Westinghouse Savannah River Company. In addition, he was the radiochemistry group leader for Rust Federal Services Clemson Technical Center in Anderson, South Carolina. He was also a visiting assistant professor in the Chemistry Department and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Science at Clemson University. Dr. Leyba was also the Denver Area director of operations for Canberra Industries. His research interests involve the rapid chemical separation and detection of radioactive materials. Dr. Leyba has won several teaching awards including the Newman University 2005 Teaching Excellence Award and two Outstanding Didactic Instructor Awards from the Newman University Nurse Anesthesia Program.