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  • Kevin Berry, Ph.D.

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    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    | 413-265-2424
    Department(s): Mathematics

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    Dr. Berry’s research interests include combinatorial group theory and dynamic programming.

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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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  • Ray Curran, Ph.D.

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    Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    | 413-265-2523
    Department(s): Mathematics

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    Dr. Curran’s research interests are in algebraic geometry and combinatorics.

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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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  • Beryl Hoffman, Ph.D.

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    Co-Chair of Natural Science, Mathematics and Technology; Associate Professor of Computer Science
    | 413-265-2216
    Department(s): Computer Information Technology

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    Dr. Hoffman’s research interests include artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, and educational technology.

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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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  • John Mruk, M.S.

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    Lecturer in Mathematics

    Department(s): Mathematics

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    Syracuse University (Sabbatical Year) Lake Forest College (NSF Grant)

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  • Nina Theis, Ph.D.

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    Co-Chair of Natural Science, Mathematics and Technology; Associate Professor of Biology
    | 413-265-2486
    Department(s): Biology

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    Dr. Theis’ research focuses on the ecology of fragrance production from flowers, and strives to understand the invisible forces that drive interactions between plants, pollinators, and herbivores.

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  • Janet Williams, Ph.D.

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    Professor of Biology
    | 413-265-2381
    Department(s): Biology

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    Dr. Williams has spent 10 years as a full time scientist/researcher at a biotechnology company in Massachusetts. Prior to coming to Elms College, Janet worked as a molecular biologist. Her research included cloning, sequencing, and expression of bacterial restriction-modification systems. Janet’s current research involves a metagenomic study of the equine intestinal tract. This research spans many different disciplines including molecular biology, bioinformatics, genomics, parasitology and microbiology and provides plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research.

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