Faculty

 

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Veronica Guay

Assistant Dean of the School of Business, Science, Technology and Math
978-630-9533
Room 219
v_guay@mwcc.mass.edu

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Heather Conn

Assistant Professor of Biology / Department Chair, Natural Sciences
978-630-9228
Room 223
hconn@mwcc.mass.edu

Teaches:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Life Science for Allied Health
  • Geology
  • Paleontology

Favorite thing about teaching
The fact that every year I get to meet lots of new people who teach me often as much as I hope I teach them.

Why science?
I love teaching people how the amazing world around them works and in doing so hope that they come to appreciate the incredible planet we live on and instill in them a desire to explore, learn more and protect it for the rest of their lives.

Hobbies and interests
Sailing, skiing, hiking, travel, gardening, music


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Carrie J. Arnold

Faculty
978-630-9379
Devens Campus
carnold@mwcc.mass.edu

Teaches:

  • Microbiology
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Life Science for Allied Health

Favorite thing about teaching
Students. I can teach a class for 12 hours a day or for a decade straight and it never gets old. Every class has a different vibe, new stories, unique life experiences. Every class comes in with new questions, new ideas and new photos of pustulant infections they want me to diagnose.

Why science?
I can’t do art and I was afraid my novel would never sell.

Hobbies and interests
True crime, particularly forensics.

Favorite quote
“Just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean that the explanation doesn’t exist.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

Favorite book or movie
“Stiff” by Mary Roach


Linda LaRoche

Science Biology Senior Lab Technician 2
978-630-9204
Room 283
llaroche@mwcc.mass.edu


Samantha Johnson

Lab Technician 1
978-630-9130
Devens Campus
sjohnson@mwcc.mass.edu

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Jennifer Crandall

Lab Technician 1
978-630-9250
Devens Campus
jcrandall@mwcc.mass.edu


William Lefrancois

Professor of Biology
978-630-9592
Room 261
wlefrancois@mwcc.mass.edu


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Thomas J. Montagno

Dept. Chair Natural Resources/Professor of Biology
978-630-9241
Room 383
t_montagno@mwcc.mass.edu

Teaches:

  • General Biology I
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Plants & Society
  • Plant Science
  • Fundamentals of Sustainable Agriculture
  • Practicum in Natural Resources
  • Global Environmental Issues (NRD Capstone)

Favorite thing about teaching
I get excited and passionate about the material and try to convey that to my students.

Why science?
It’s rational, verifiable, and helps to explain the natural world.

Hobbies and interests
Gardening, kayaking, hiking, traveling, music, cooking.

Favorite quote
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” By Margaret Mead

Favorite book or movie
“The Farm as Ecosystem” by Jerry Brunetti


Lara Dowland

Ph.D., Dept. Chair Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing/Assistant Professor of Biotechnology
978-630-9572
Devens Campus
ldowland@mwcc.mass.edu

Teaches:

  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Basic Laboratory Techniques
  • Biotechnolgoy Experience: Concepts and Procedures
  • Biotechnology Experience: Biomanufacturing
  • Biotechnology Seminar
  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • Quality and Compliance

Favorite thing about teaching
I love being able to share my love of science with other people in a way that changes their lives.

Why science?
Why not? I liked science and math in high school. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be “when I grew up,” so I decided to go with something I liked –
science. As my son said “because you love science!”

Hobbies and interests
Hiking, skiing, reading, Tae Kwon Do

Favorite quote
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” By Dr. Seuss

Favorite book or movie
“Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt


Gretchen Ingvasen

Senior Learning Specialist
978-630-9576
Devens Campus
gingvason@mwcc.mass.edu

Teaches:

  • Analytical Laboratory and Quality Systems Program
  • Introduction to Quality Systems and Metrology
  • Instrumental Analysis

Favorite thing about teaching
A student’s excitement when they realize they understand a difficult topic or they have accomplished something they didn’t think was possible.

Why science?
I enjoy finding solutions to problems. Science (chemistry) is fundamental to all things around us and
demonstrates how systems are interconnected. Chemistry and Quality Engineering provided flexibility throughout my career, which included drinking water,
food manufacturing, auto emissions and medical devices.

Hobbies and interests
Exploring NE on my motorcycle, hot glass arts: bead making and fusing, jewelry making and bead weaving, embroidery arts, Scrabble, Sudoku and logic puzzles

Favorite quote
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has not tried something new.” By Albert Einstein

Favorite book or movie
“The Piano”


Luz Lopez

Administrative Assistant
978-630-9209
Room 215
llopez@mwcc.mass.edu