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James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Laboratory Safety Institute

Important issues will be covered for Chemical Hygiene Officers-lab hazards, chemical hygiene plan development and implementation, the lab standard, other lab regulations, beyond the lab standard, resources, and sample exam. This is the RJG Associates prep course for taking the NRCC CCHO Certification exam.

Dr. James Kaufman is President/CEO of The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) and former Professor of Chemistry and EHS Director at Curry College. He received his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Tufts University and his doctorate in organic chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

After two years as a post-doctoral fellow in the WPI Chemical Engineering Department converting garbage into fuel oil, Dr. Kaufman joined the Dow Chemical Company's New England Research Laboratory as a Process Research Chemist. During his four years with Dow, he became increasingly involved in laboratory safety related activities. He authored "Laboratory Safety Guidelines." Originally distributed by Dow, now over two million copies of the widely requested and reprinted brochure are in circulation.

Dr. Kaufman is the founder and President/CEO of The Laboratory Safety Institute – an international, non-profit center for safety in science and science education. LSI's lectures and training programs, AV-lending library, Mini-Grants, Internet discussion list, and publications help both academic and non-academic institutions throughout the world. LSI is supported, in part, by grants from individuals, foundations, companies and professional societies.

LSI conducts seminars, short courses, audits and inspections for schools, colleges, and companies. They also provide advice on regulatory compliance, safety program development, facilities design, editorial commentary on laboratory texts, and expert witness testimony.

Dr. Kaufman is a former, ten-year member of the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Council Committee on Chemical Safety and is past-chairman of the 2,500-member ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety. He is the author-narrator of the ACS Audio Course on Laboratory Safety and editor of "Waste Disposal at Academic Institutions" from Lewis Publishers. He recorded and edited the "One-Day Laboratory Safety Audio Seminar" and "Two-Day Lab Safety Video Course." Most recently, he co-authored “Safety Is Elementary: the New Standard for Safety in the Elementary Science Classroom.”


James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Laboratory Safety Institute

This one-day seminar will include fundamentals of lab safety and effective lab safety programs. Among the topics are: accidents, legal aspects, labeling, chemical handling and storage, eye and face protection, disposal of chemicals, electrical safety, planning your safety program and safety information resources. There will be time for a question and answer session as well as an informal roundtable discussion. For more information call 508-647-1900 or email

Dr. Kaufman is the director of the Laboratory Safety Institute. He has been sharing ideas about improving lab safety programs for more than 25 years. More than 50,000 scientists and science educators have attended his seminars and short courses. He is the author/narrator of the American Chemical Society audio course on lab safety and the LSI Two-day Lab Safety Video Short Course. For more information call 508-647-1900 or email


James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Laboratory Safety Institute

This one-day seminar will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2009 and will include fundamentals of lab safety and effective lab safety programs. Among the topics are: Fire Control, Labeling, Safety Equipment, Handling Glassware, Compressed Gases, Needs Assessment, Employee Involvement, Recordkeeping, OSHA Lab Standard, and more. There will be time for a question and answer session as well as an informal roundtable discussion. For more information call 508-647-1900 or email

Click here to read Dr. Kaufman's Biography.


Avery Henderson
Laboratory Safety Institute

Servant leadership starts as a feeling, a desire to serve others that then becomes a commitment to move that desire into practice, to actually take on the great courageous task of serving others. One can practice servant leadership in the family and at work, in the local community and even globally. Each one of us gets to choose if and how we will serve.

Join Avery Henderson as he leads a powerful program on servant leadership for improving employee morale and productivity, as well as showing how it can be key to one’s happiness. With fun, humorous and creative elements of “edu-tainment,” Avery presents principles of servant-leadership and challenges participants to make the workplace better for internal and external customers, as well as improve family and community relationships (locally and globally) with the same principles.

Avery M. Henderson,
Ph.D., M.P.H., Wizard of Entertainment

Avery Henderson is the owner of Henderson and Associates, a motivational speaking, training and “edu-tainment” coaching business. He has over 30 years of experience teaching, training, motivational speaking, mentoring and coaching. His mission statement is “Helping to raise personal and organizational productivity and morale through positive living and working principles, emphasizing humor, creativity, teamwork, peaceful conflict resolution and servant leadership.”

Professional Training: Ph.D. in Anthropology and a post-graduate Master’s of Public Health.
Professional organizations in which Avery has held memberships include:

  • National Speakers Association
  • Carolina Speakers Association
  • American Association for Therapeutic Humor
  • Clowns of America International
  • International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Some of Avery’s servant leadership experience include:

  • Serving on the Board of Trustees of a county school’s Education Foundation, as well as serving on the Advisory Council of a city school’s mentoring program
  • Mentoring a student for nine years (from the 4th grade through high school)
  • Co-creating a summer Youth Leadership Institute for the mentoring program
  • Serving on his church’s Board of Trustees, as well as serving as the director of Youth, Environmental and Community Service ministries at different times
  • Using his clown (Mickey Le Pew) and magician (Wild Thing) to entertain for the Duke University Medical Center’s Child and Adolescent Life Program, the University of North Carolina Hospitals’ Pediatric AIDS Program, and fund-raising festivals for the Eno River and Haw River, as well as the American Diabetes Association, the Ileitis and Colitis Foundation and Exchange Clubs that support the Prevention of Child Abuse.


James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Laboratory Safety Institute

Last year, 100’s of people died in the United States due to electric shock. In many cases, people are not aware of the presence and nature of electrical hazards. Join us to learn about electrical safety, how to avoid electric shocks in your labs and in your home, and the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.


Sheres McKenzie
Spellman College

The ten items that are high on the EPA target list will be discussed. Useful in-sight will be given from both sides, (one from the peer auditor side and then from the side of the institution being audited). Examine some standard operating procedures and waste stream determination forms.

Ms McKenzie earned undergraduate degree from Wagner College, Staten Island, NY. B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry minor, and has worked continuously in and around the research/laboratory safety arena for the past 20 years. Completed program in Hazardous Materials Management in 2003 and earned designation of Scientific Materials Manager in 2008.

NAOSMM Webpage and Listserv

Phil Waite
Denison University, NAOSMM Internet Chair

The seminar will begin with a brief history of the NAOSMM Web Site and Listserv. The next topic will be using the membership directory search engine, committee pages and conference pages. The session will end soliciting suggestions for future project for the Home page.

Phil graduated from Bowling Green University in 1975 with a B.S. in Chemistry. After two years in the Peace Corps, and another 4.5 years teaching science in Liberia, West Africa, Phil returned to school to learn computer science. He began working at Denison University in 1986 in the Chemistry Dept. Stockroom. In 1994, he designed the Chemistry Dept. and the Campus Security home pages. He presented a seminar at the 1996 New Orleans conference entitled, “Don’t be Left Behind on the Information Superhighway.” He was appointed Web Site Chair and in 1997 published the first NAOSMM Home page. In 2007, he received the Outstanding Manager of the Year Award.

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Gypzy LindH
Brigham Young University

Do you manage an undergraduate chemistry or biology stockroom or a combination of the two? Or do you manage a graduate stockroom distributing to a small campus, large campus or ones with an associated hospital or research park? Are you renovating an old stockroom or moving into a new space or just getting starting on plans for one in the future?

Come and find out how to organize your chemicals, glassware, plasticware, etc. You’ll receive tips on making your stockroom look great and items easy to find. Your stockroom can come from looking like a creepy, smelly, grungy cave to a bright, clean and easy to maintain, modern storeroom where others will feel comfortable coming to for their science needs.

There are things to be aware of, whether you live where there is high or low humidity. Where do you begin? By coming to find out why you don’t have to reinvent the wheel! There will be pictures and pamphlets, too.

Gypzy LindH graduated with a BS degree in Geology and did postgraduate research for four years in chemistry and geology at BYI-Provo. Moving to Hawaii, she managed and renovated the BYU-HI stockroom and labs for two years. For six years, she managed and renovated the stockrooms at University of Hawaii, opening the stockroom to the rest of campus. After moving to AZ, she worked retail for several years, managing several departments and renovating stockrooms in several stores.

Being asked to return to BYU to manage their Chemistry Central Stockroom (campus-wide) seven years ago, Gypzy not only renovated the stockroom, but went from 430 to 1800 accounts. Gypzy has also worked with university, community and church officials on improving emergency preparedness measures and training. An avid nature lover, she enjoys working her yard, hiking, camping, exploring and making unusual floral arrangements. She continues to help former professors with research projects, including scanning sections for fossils in environmental studies. Gypzy has worked on the NAOSMM program for the past three years and is currently the NAOSMM Trade Show Coordinator.


Dean H. Johnston
Professor of Chemistry, Otterbein College

The seminar will begin with a brief history of the NAOSMM Web Site and Listserv. The next topic will be using the membership directory search engine, committee pages and conference pages. The session will end soliciting suggestions for future project for the Home page.

Why is everyone excited about nanotechnology? Many people have heard of nanotechnology, but few people can tell you exactly what it represents. Nanotechnology and nanoscience are defined by the size of the material that is being created or manipulated rather than the technique or the experiment. The interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology brings together biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers in new ways to create materials with unique and useful properties. This talk will highlight recent developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology, along with a discussion of the types of materials that are being created and what we know (and don’t know) about their potential impacts on human health and the environment.


Barry V. Pepich, Ph.D.
Director, US EPA Region 10 Laboratory

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 Laboratory was built in 1979 on a former US Navy site. Since then, it has been supporting EPA’s mission by analyzing environmental and evidentiary samples for chemical and microbiological contaminants. In 2008, it became a member of the Emergency Response Laboratory Network under the Department of Homeland Security’s Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks. Over the years, the Region 10 Laboratory has developed a strong reputation for tackling some of the most challenging environmental analyses in the Northwest. To keep pace with current and future demands, the Laboratory has undergone a number of facility renovations and improvements that have incorporated aspects of sustainable design. The Laboratory also implemented an award-winning Energy Management System (EMS) in 2005 that has reduced solvent consumption by over 90% for some methods, and resulted in the diversion of over 70% of the lab’s solid waste from landfills. This presentation will provide an overview of the Region 10 Laboratory and briefly describe our programs that maintain quality and ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations. It will also describe the successes EPA has had in renovating a 30-year-old facility on a limited budget to update important infrastructure while reducing the Laboratory’s carbon footprint. Finally, we will discuss our EMS, which can be implemented at any facility with great success.

Barry earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Washington in 1986. He has over 20 years of laboratory and program management experience and joined EPA in 2008 as the Region 10 Laboratory Director. Prior to that, he spent the previous 12 years with a private-sector firm as their on-site Program Manager at the EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water Laboratory in Cincinnati, OH. There he managed the development of EPA drinking water methods for disinfection by-products and emerging contaminants. He is the co-author of 65 publications, including 15 US EPA drinking water methods.


Jerrold R. Hockett, CIH
Area Director, OSHA

This presentation will focus on preventing occupational injuries, and illnesses through compliance with standards published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The session will provide information on how OSHA functions, including; the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, jurisdictional issues in each state, and OSHA inspection procedures. The primary focus of the session will cover the OSHA standards that apply to member’s facilities, and strategies to use to ensure compliance and prevent hazards.

Jerrold Hockett graduated from Colorado State University in 1979 with a B.S. in Environmental Health with primary study in the field of industrial hygiene. In 1979, he started work as an industrial hygiene compliance officer in the Billings Montana OSHA Area Office. In 1987, he was promoted to an assistant area director position in the Boise, Idaho OSHA Area Office. In 2003, he was promoted to the position of Area Director in the Boise Area Office where he currently works. Mr. Hockett is board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene and has experience controlling occupational safety and health hazards in a variety of workplaces.


Sharon Strasko,
President, Vertere

Over the past 18 years, Vertere has participated in chemical inventory start-up at client sites as diverse as Fortune 100 companies, school districts, small and large colleges and universities, and government agencies such as the EPA, FDA, FBI, and NIH with multiple installations across the US. In our experience with clients large and small, a successful implementation depends on the confluence of customer criteria helping to define their ‘best practices,’ and a carefully chosen software package meeting those selection criteria. You can help derive ‘best practices’ for your site by thoroughly answering these questions: Why are you doing inventory? What objectives have been defined? Who needs the information? What resources will you commit to achieving those objectives? How will you define success and payback?

This session will focus on the best practices as documented by Vertére's broad client base. We will review the two options for chemical inventory (dynamic container-based or static representative records) as well as process flow, data elements, database access, cost vs. benefits, and reporting options.

Sharon Stasko is founder and President of Vertére, a software development company specializing in inventory control. Since 1990, Sharon has led the expansion of the company’s product line from a single fixed asset management application into a modular web-based suite of tools for scientific materials management across single or multiple business units. As a corporate member of NAOSMM and conference exhibitor for many years, Vertere has listened to the problems and challenges members face. The company strives to respond with ever more powerful tools such as the Enterprise Inventory Manager. Members are invited to refer to Sharon's "Chemical Inventory Control and Methods" published in 2001 in the American Chemical Society's Handbook of Chemical Health and Safety.


Peter Charleton, Sr. Manager Marketing,
Thermo Scientific Nalgene and Nunc

This Seminar will cover the principles of cryopreservation, and the general recommended practices for assuring maximum opportunity for good recovery of frozen cells. It will include an overview of the phenomena that occur when living cells are cooled, and subsequently frozen and stored at low temperatures. Practices such as growth, harvesting and preparation of cells, using cryoprotectant chemicals, controlling the cooling process and recovering cells following freezing and storage will be discussed. Topics such as inventory management, low temperature storage equipment, good practices for handling frozen inventory, and safety will also be included. A generic step-by-step process for cryopreserving cells will be provided and reviewed. This presentation was developed under the combined effort of Thermo Scientific Nalgene and Nunc Marketing and the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC). Each participant will be provided a cryogenic preservation guide resource manual.

Peter Charleton received his B.S. in Biology from LeMoyne College, Syracuse NY and his M.A. in Biology with emphasis on Molecular Biology at State University of New York, Geneseo. Peter has held research positions at the University of Rochester in Transcription and DNA binding studies. Peter has worked for 16 years with Thermo Scientific Nalgene and Nunc Products.

Fun Chemistry Demonstrations YOU CAN Do!

Jennifer Bachman
Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator,
University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Want to start a chemistry outreach program in your area, but don’t know how? Think you have to spend a lot of money on expensive supplies? Think you need any special chemistry skills? All you need is enthusiasm and a grocery store! I’ll show you how to create a love of chemistry for kids you know and who want to know you!

Brief Biography:

  • B.A., Chemistry, Rice University, 1994
  • Previous employers: Corning Hazleton/Covance, Vienna, VA
    Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington D.C.
  • Present employer, University of the South, Sewanee, TN
  • Professional Advisor to Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, Sewanee Chapter
  • National Chemistry Week Enthusiast!

Bioenergy at Household Scale

Peter Weigele
Staff Scientist, New England Biolabs Inc.

Energy is a vital component of societal development and economic growth. Nearly 1.6 billion people have no access to electricity or other forms of distributed energy. As just one part of a diverse and vigorous internal research community at New England Biolabs, my laboratory is developing a “Personal Bioreactor”— a device for generating a small amount of electricity for off-grid, household use. The technology is essentially a composting battery, wherein microbially driven decomposition of cellulosic biomass is coupled to the generation of electrical power.  The target applications are lighting and cellular phone charging. In this presentation, I will describe some of the fascinating biology behind microbial electricity as well as the technical approaches and challenges faced in carrying out this project. I will also briefly touch upon the larger context of next-generation biofuels and the nation’s transition to a “biobased” economy.

Peter Weigele is a Staff Scientist at NEB developing microbial fuel cells for off-grid lighting and low power applications in the developing world. Peter is passionate about using biotechnology to make human societies more ecologically sustainable. Peter says that some of his best experiments were planned while browsing around laboratory stockrooms.


Michael N. Logan
College and University Account Manager,
VWR Science Education Division

Will discuss and demonstrate the step by step process of embedding various types of specimens into Bio-Plastic. Provide Helpful hints along the way and explain and present what materials and equipment are required for this process.

Account Manager and Field Sales Representative for Wards Natural Science, Inc. for 25 years; in last 5 years, have also represented Sargent Welch, Inc., Science Kit / Boreal labs along with Wards. Prior experience: Senior Research Lab Assistant for Shell Development (Shell Oil) for 12 years: Insect neurophysiology, Artificial Bilayer Membrane studies.

S. Biological Science / Chemistry


Pamela Powell
Technical Marketing Specialist,
Sarstedt, Inc

Plastic consumables are staples of most labs, and this session will explore the various plastic types used to produce them. Important characteristics, properties, and limitations will be reviewed and linked with end products and applications.

Pamela has been with Sarstedt, Inc. since 2000, where her primary responsibilities include new and custom product development, product management, and technical assistance. She has a biology degree from Wake Forest University.


Kenneth Bonnell
Quality Manager, Bio-Tek

Pipettors are expensive and complex liquid handling devices that are at risk for significant error due to mechanical failure and improper operation. In fact, pipettors contribute more inaccuracy and imprecision to laboratory results than any other single source. There are several quality control strategies and operator training techniques that can be employed to dramatically improve the performance of these instruments. This paper will outline these strategies and discuss how to implement them effectively in order to realize better results, fewer catastrophic failures, and lower measurement uncertainties.

Education: B.S. in Biology, MBA in Business Management, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (Villanova) Work Experience: I have been involved in Quality, Calibration, and Validation, since I begin my career 25 years ago. I have been a Quality Director for a medical device manufacturer; I worked in a laboratory as a QC microbiologist for Olmarc (a food packaging company); I worked as a Quality manager for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies overseeing all of the calibration and validation activities in their sterile supply areas; I then worked as a metrology engineer for Cole-Parmer Instrument Co (A division of Fisher Scientific) until I relocated to the east coast and became the Metrology Technical Director for Henry Troemner, LLC. I left Troemner in order to start my own company, Alpha-Omega Calibrations, LLC, which was eventually sold to one of the world’s largest scientific supply companies, VWR International, LLC. I was in charge of all of VWR’s calibration and validation activities until I joined Bio-Tek Services, Inc. in 2008.


Jennifer Ferguson, Sales Director

The college and university laboratory is a diverse and complex learning and teaching environment. Today, the laboratory is challenged with seeking out creative means and methods to today’s disease states, protecting and optimizing our environment and food chain, increasing our global competitiveness with technology all while operating within a leaner budget and staffing requirement. The presentation serves to support procurement and stockroom / storeroom environments to remain proactive to the scientific communities needs, educate on today’s scientific topics of interest e.g. Stem Cell, the environmental GREEN perspective, impacts of the ARRA (American Reinvestment and Recovery Act) regulatory and legal reporting requirements, and provide cost savings to the laboratory industry through products, programs and services available through Fisher Scientific, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Jennifer Ferguson has worked with Fisher Scientific for the last 7 years in sales and marketing serving the academic segment. Jennifer currently supports the Central U.S. as a sales director for the colleges and universities. She has served as a research assistant and technician at Michigan State University as a plant biologist and Wayne State University studying translational and transcriptional cancer mutations. She is a graduate of Michigan State University from the College of Natural Science. Jennifer has a unique perspective to the laboratory industry as a former customer, a sales representative, a marketing strategist and sales director.


Scott Greenwood
Director, US Operations, Equipment and Instrument Services,

Doing more with less!!! Sound familiar? As institutions continue to be challenged with providing the same services with fewer resources, and general funding gets tighter, the pressures to innovate have never been higher. Those who have an influence on how equipment from the labs are serviced, calibrated, inventoried, and maintained will get an understanding of services available through your laboratory supply partners, and how implementing simple processes today will save major dollars in the future. They will also leave with an understanding of their role in the process, and how to maximize the resources they have available to them.

Scott Greenwood has worked for VWR International for six years and held many positions in the laboratory equipment and instrumentation area. From 2004 to 2007, Scott was the North America Category Manager for Instrumentation at VWR responsible for the channel management, marketing, strategic sourcing and sales growth of products in VWR’s instrumentation portfolio. After a yearlong assignment in the VWR Operations team, Scott assumed responsibility for the Equipment and Instrument Services team which provides calibration, validation, asset management and compliance services to over 3000 customers annually. Scott holds a BS in Economics from the United States Military Academy and resides in Wilmington, DE.

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Moderators:Richard Molinelli and Ed Graham

  1. Chair – Opening remarks/purpose of roundtable
  2. Introduction of participants
  3. Topics for discussion:
    1. Highly hazardous chemicals in undergraduate labs – steps taken to reduce or eliminate their use
    2. Limited shelf life chemicals – use or dispose? Examples, storage conditions and ways to track and monitor
    3. Recycling efforts for mercury and lithium batteries and fluorescent mercury-containing bulbs
    4. Laboratory safety and waste disposal rules – How to get faculty and staff "on board"
    5. Methods of heating solutions (burner, hot plate, heating mantle) – Which are safest? When and why?
    6. First aid supplies and analgesics provided in labs– liability issues?
  4. Questions from the audience
  5. Closing remarks


Moderators: Tara Grove and Carol Bowman

  1. Chair – Opening remarks/purpose of roundtable
  2. Introduction of participants
  3. Topics for discussion:
    1. Training student employees - Formal classes or other
    2. Emergency phones in every lab - Do you have them or not?
    3. Updating your supervisor
    4. Stockroom access to students - Limited or open? How do you control this?
    5. After hours work in lab for research students?
    6. Faculty/Student activities to get to know each other
  4. Open to audience for more ideas to discuss
  5. Closing remarks


Mark McElroy, Technical Sales Representative
Thermo Orion

A brief discussion of pH theory will lead to a practical discussion of electrode selection, a discussion of best practices, calibration suggestions, proper care and maintenance of electrodes, proper utilization of buffers, troubleshooting guidelines, and measurement hints. An update of the newest pH technologies such as ROSS Ultra Electrodes, Dual Star Meters, LogR temperature compensation, and AquaPro electrodes will be given.

Mr. McElroy first got into the Scientific Products industry in 1988 and has a very diverse background in delivering quality products and services to his customers.

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Steve Binkley
Head of Development and Marketing: Live Materials Group
Carolina Biological Supply

An introduction to the equipment and supplies needed for a marine aquarium and the care and maintenance of marine aquaria and living specimens. The session is intended primarily for beginners with marine aquaria.

Six years teaching experience and a brief stint with the US National Park Service as a Ranger Naturalist before beginning with Carolina Biological Supply Company in 1975. At Carolina, I have worked in kit development, as a video producer, and currently, I am responsible for product development for Living Materials at Carolina Biological.


Jo Wagoner, Kevin Burns, Todd Wincek, Vicki Stanavitch
New Safety Committee

The NAOSMM Website already offers valuable links to both governmental and non-governmental agencies on the Safety Links webpage. The NAOSMM Safety Committee is hoping to take things a little bit further with their new web pages by publishing the most recent rules and regulation updates that affect NAOSMM members and their colleges/universities. In addition, there will be many safety resource pages and links offered to give additional help in such areas as safety plans/documents, general guidelines, training, etc. The Safety Forum will augment the listserv and assist in navigating to find the answers you're looking for. It is the desire of the Safety Committee to utilize the great expertise and experiences of the NAOSMM membership to make this a "go to" site. We will have the official "launch" at this session; get feedback from the attendees, and hopefully many more of the much needed volunteers!

Jo Wagoner graduated from IUPUI in 1986 with a B.S. in Chemistry and did post-graduate research. I’ve taught chemistry and physics labs & recitations as an undergraduate, continuing as an adjunct professor until last year. I worked as an Academic Laboratory Support Technician at IUPUI for three years, then came to Butler 10 years ago. My primary responsibilities included setting up and developing new labs and overhauling the stockroom. I now do the majority of ordering for the Chemistry department, work with safety issues, inventories, stockroom & student drawers, and whatever else is necessary or requested.

Kevin Burns has been serving in his position at Alvernia for almost three years. He is an alumnus of Alvernia receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Forensic Science. He also is certified at the HAZWOPER technician level and a PA Dept. of Health First Responder and holds numerous other safety and emergency management certificates. Safety involvement goes beyond his day-to-day job as he serves as an operations staff member for the West Side Division of the Berks County Emergency Management Agency, and is also a volunteer firefighter for Grill Fire Company in Cumru Township, where he resides.

Kevin has taken several graduate level courses in Chemistry and is currently seeking to start a Masters Program in Occupational Health/Environmental Management.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, if he is not involved in a project going on in his community or at Alvernia.

Vicki A. Stanavitch is currently an Instructor of Biology and Chemistry at Keystone College. She also serves as the Laboratory Supervisor for seven Chemistry and Biology laboratories that serve approximately 20 courses. She is also responsible for the Research Facility, where she is responsible for supervising the Undergraduate Research Program. She is currently the Chemical Hygiene Officer and Safety Training Coordinator for the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics. She is a Safety Training Specialist for Cocciardi and Associates, Inc. where she provided a variety of HAZMAT and HAZWOPER training to other colleges and universities, as well as to fire, police, and first responders.

After receiving my B.S. in Biology from University of South Carolina - Coastal Carolina, Todd Wincek became the Field Sampling Supervisor for American Analytical Laboratories in Akron, OH. The primary focus was NPDES, Pretreatment, Drinking Water, Stormwater, and Groundwater sampling services. While at American Analytical, I gained valuable experience with EPA, OSHA and RCRA regulations. I went on to teach high school and middle school Biology for a few years and then left teaching to take a position as Laboratory Technician at Augusta State University. Because of ASU's small size, I worked with both Biology and Chemistry departments. I handled all the ordering and procurement of supplies as well as laboratory safety and hazardous waste disposal for the departments. In May of 2003, I accepted the position of Manager of Chemistry Laboratories here at MTSU. My current project is integrating online chemical inventory and laboratory inspection reports with pocket pc applications.