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  • Jill Bigos, M.S.

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    Lecturer in Biology and Chemistry
    | 413-265-3495
    Department(s): Biology, Chemistry, First Year Seminar Instructors

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    Jill Bigos received her master’s degree in forensic science. Her interests include the forensic applications of biochemistry and the expansion of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for undergraduates. Her research projects have included work on tadpole metamorphosis and histology. She currently teaches anatomy & physiology for undergraduate nursing majors, as well as forensic science. She is also involved in various STEM outreach initiatives for local students in middle school and high school.

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  • Dennis Drake, Ph.D.

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    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    | 413-265-2225
    Department(s): Chemistry

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    Dr. Drake’s research interests are in environmental and organic chemistry.

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  • Melanie Joy-Cooper, M.S.

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    Chem Lecturer/Lab Safety
    | 413-265-2522
    Department(s): Chemistry

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    Melanie Joy-Cooper is a laboratory safety coordinator and chemistry lecturer. She has over 10 years of experience working with invasive and exotic forest pests and diseases from her past career with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has over two years of advanced graduate studies in Environmental Health and a Masters degree in Forensic Science. Melanie has multiple certifications in hazardous waste operations and emergency response, confined space, and hazard communication. Her research interests are in environmental chemistry and toxicology.

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