The Sciences Technical Support Services department provides support for the occupants of McCardell Bicentennial Hall in many vital areas.

STSS staff are actively engaged in training and development to ensure that they remain up-to-date in their respective fields, and work closely with faculty to ensure that the work we perform optimally benefits the academic program.

Building support services

Tim Wickland, Director of Sciences Support Services, and Cathy Ekstrom, STSS Administrative Program Coordinator, oversee a variety of direct support services such as issuing building keys, providing card key access to the building, managing shared services such as printers and copiers, overseeing local computer backups, and coordinating various building activities. We serve as the primary interface with Facilities Services (including Custodial Services) and Public Safety, and we work to communicate and resolve issues with other College service departments such as Course Scheduling, Events Management, and ITS.

Animal care

Our vivarium staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of care and support for Middlebury's AAALAC-accredited animal programs in both teaching and research. Alexis Paquette, Vivarium Manager, is team leader, and is joined by Assistant Animal Care Technicians Brittany Bishop and Megan Herring and On-call Assistant Animal Care Technician Karen Lasnier in providing daily care for the various vertebrate and invertebrate animal species housed in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, as well as the numerous animal-related services, support, and assistance used by faculty investigators and students. Alexis is a member of AALAS (the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science), and is certified as a Registered Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician.

Environmental safety and compliance

Tim Allen is a certified radiation safety technician, providing training, technical support, and emergency services to licensed users of radioactive materials and their students. Tim also oversees biohazardous waste management and disposal. Beth Eliason oversees chemical safety as Chemical Hygiene Officer, and is responsible for many related laboratory safety functions, including hazardous waste accumulation, pickup, and disposal; chemical spill cleanup; management of safety data sheets; and testing eyewash stations. Beth also provides training for faculty, staff, and students on laboratory safety. Tim Wickland is the primary contact person for building safety and serves as the Radiation Safety Officer.

Greenhouse operations

Patti Padua, who has a wide-ranging background in academic and research horticulture, and who operates her own commercial greenhouse and nursery, is responsible for care of botanical specimens and operation of the greenhouses. Patti is a member of AERGC (the Association of Education and Research Greenhouse Curators).

Laboratory and instrument support

Tim Allen, whose degree is in microbiology and molecular genetics, is responsible for management of microorganisms and cell cultures and for reagent and media prep. He oversees operation of the autoclave facility and the laboratory glassware washer, as well as the calibration and monitoring of equipment such as incubators and micropipettors. Jody Smith offers guidance to faculty and students on the operation of various instrument systems, and assists in developing new analytical protocols. Lance Ritchie provides support to physics laboratories in addition to his work with the NMR spectrometer. Jonathan Kemp, Telescope and Scientific Computing Specialist, works with faculty and students across the scientific disciplines on software selection and implementation, data analysis, and use of graphics and multimedia.

Purchasing and materials management

Beth Eliason, Laboratory Stores and Safety Manager, oversees operation of the Laboratory Stores; shipping, receiving, and delivery of packages; and materials management within the building, including the organization and operation of the MBH 218 lecture prep room, and various other storage areas in and adjacent to McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Carrie Donohue, Sciences Purchasing Coordinator, provides support for ordering materials for the Biology Department and Neuroscience Program, and ancillary purchasing support for the Laboratory Stores and other departments within the building.

Observatory

Jonathan Kemp, Telescope and Scientific Computing Specialist, has extensive knowledge of and experience with telescopes, ranging from amateur instruments to some of the most advanced optical and infrared telescope systems in the world. He provides support for astronomy classes and student-faculty research with the 24-inch and other telescopes that comprise the college's observatory, also conducting such outreach activities as public viewing nights and programs with local schools.

Technical Services

The Technical Services group performs such functions as the design and fabrication of scientific apparatus, support and repair of laboratory and field equipment, and software development and implementation for various instruments. While the staff will trade off work on many projects and repairs, each staff member has his or her area of specialty. Jody Smith, Senior Instrument Technician, provides extensive user support and training for analytical instruments and instrument systems. Tony Desautels, Scientific Machinist, capably fabricates assemblies of plastic, wood, and welded steel, stainless steel and aluminum, in addition to performing precision machining in a variety of materials. Chris Goodrich, Electronic Instrument Technician, is responsible for repairs and maintenance of instruments and equipment, and provides support for the college's research vessel, the R/V Folger, and associated field instrumentation. Lance Ritchie, Senior Laboratory and Instrument Technician, has primary responsibility for the NMR spectrometer.


STSS staff directory

 

 

Office

Extension

Tim Wickland

Director of Sciences Support Services

333

5421

Cathy Ekstrom

Administrative Program Coordinator

330

3262

 

Tim Allen

Senior Laboratory Technician3615729

Brittany Bishop

Assistant Animal Care Technician2485645
 

Tony Desautels

Scientific Machinist1355070

Carrie Donohue

Sciences Purchasing Coordinator

120

3615

Beth Eliason

Laboratory Stores and Safety Manager

120

5619

 

Chris Goodrich

Electronic Instrument Technician 135 5420 

Megan Herring

Assistant Animal Care Technician

248

5645

 

Jonathan Kemp

Telescope and Scientific Computing Specialist

R01

2265

Karen Lasnier

On-call Assistant Animal Care Technician

248

5645

 

Patti Padua

Greenhouse Curator

606

5942

Alexis Paquette

Vivarium Manager2483193
 

Lance Ritchie

Senior Laboratory and Instrument Technician 5105643

Jody C. Smith

Senior Instrument Technician

135

5419