Middlebury

 

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 Scheduling, and LIS.

Animal care

Vicki Major, our animal care manager, is a member of AALAS (the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science), and is certified by AALAS as a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician. She has primary responsibility for animal-related services, support, and assistance to principal investigators and students in both teaching and research projects. Vicki, our assistant animal care technicians Carolyn Clarkson, Warren Fageley, and Marcel Leduc, are collectively responsible for the ongoing daily care of animals housed in McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Cathy Ekstrom coordinates communication with the IACUC.

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. Tom Sheluga is responsible for overseeing many laboratory safety functions, including hazardous waste accumulation, pickup, and disposal; chemical spill cleanup; management of material safety data sheets; and testing eyewash stations. Tim Wickland oversees chemical safety and serves as the Radiation Safety Officer.

Greenhouse operations

Patti Padua, who has an extensive 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 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. Lance Ritchie, who is a member of the Technical Services group, provides support to physics laboratories in addition to his work with major instrument systems.

Laboratory Stores

Tom Sheluga, Laboratory Stores 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, field equipment storage rooms, and sixth floor storage areas.

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 area of specialty. Jody Chamberlain, senior instrument technician, provides extensive user support 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, electronics 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

 

Vicki Major

Animal Care Manager

248

5645

 

Carolyn Clarkson

Assistant Animal Care Technician

248

5645

 

Warren Fageley

Assistant Animal Care Technician

248

5645

 

J. Marcel Leduc

Assistant Animal Care Technician

248

5645

 

Patti Padua

Greenhouse Curator

606

5942

 

Tom Sheluga

Laboratory Stores Manager

120

5619

 

Tim Allen

Senior Laboratory Technician

361

5729

 

Jody Chamberlain

Senior Instrument Technician

135

5419

 

Tony Desautels

Scientific Machinist

135

5070

 

Chris Goodrich

Electronic Instrument Technician

135

5420

 

Lance Ritchie

Senior Laboratory and Instrument Technician

529

5643