People

Faculty

The Department of Chemistry and Physics has dynamic and energetic faculty members, who have specifically chosen to teach and conduct research in an undergraduate setting. They stress understanding of principles, critical thinking, communication skills, and strategies for effective problem solving.

In addition to being dedicated teachers in the classroom, our faculty members are actively involved in directing undergraduate research, an essential component of a quality undergraduate degree program in the sciences. Many opportunities exist for students to conduct cutting-edge research with a faculty mentor.

Members of the faculty have published the results of their research with undergraduates in peer-reviewed literature, have been successful in securing extramural funding for their research and curriculum development efforts, and often take their students to national meetings in order to present the results of their research.

Click on the links below to learn more about our faculty members and their respective areas of expertise.

Full-time Faculty

John S

Chair

Associate Professor, Chemistry

(207) 602-2152

jstubbs@une.edu

Morgane Hall
003

Dr. Stubbs is primarily interested in using computers to investigate and explain chemical phenomena.  His current research focuses on two distinct areas: DNA hybridization on a surface, an important problem for DNA sensor arrays; and supercritical fluids as separation media, which can greatly improve purification efficiency.  He is also interested in the hardware and software aspects of computers in chemistry, primarily using the GNU/Linux operating system and FORTRAN programming language.Read More

Expertise

Physical chemistry; thermophysical properties; Monte Carlo molecular simulation; phase behavior

Amy Deveau

Assistant Chair

Associate Professor, Chemistry

(207) 602-2813

adeveau@une.edu

Morgane Hall
14

Dr. Deveau, named “Dr. D” by her students, is an energetic professor who primarily teaches organic chemistry. She also teaches courses in general chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and NMR spectroscopy.  Dr. D is passionate about undergraduate education and mentoring students in research, serving as a Chemistry Councilor for the Council of Undergraduate Research.   Also a member of UNE’s Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, Dr. D’s laboratory focuses on the discovery of organic small molecules with therapeutic potential, across the areas... Read More

Expertise

Organic and medicinal chemistry; small molecule synthesis; nitrogen heterocycles; marine natural products; organic structure elucidation; molecular modeling; green chemistry; chemistry pedagogy

Eva Rose Balog

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

(207) 602-2608

ebalog@une.edu

Morgane Hall
203
On Leave: January 18, 2017 to May 12, 2017

Dr. Balog teaches chemistry and biochemistry. Her research interests include protein biochemistry, biomaterials, and biophysics.Read More

Expertise

Biochemistry

Structural Biology

Biomaterials

Nanomaterials

Enzymology

molecular biology

Paul Bilotta

Associate Lecturer, Physics

(207) 283-0171

pbilotta@une.edu

Morgane Hall
19

High school physics/chemistry teacher, Old Orchard Beach, ME 1987-2002.

Physics teacher,  University of New England, 2002-present.Read More

Expertise

teaching

Physics

Melanie DiLorenzo

Assistant Lecturer, Chemistry

(207) 602-2321

mdilorenzo1@une.edu

Morgane Hall
013

Melanie's interests lie in facilitating understanding and mastery of General Chemistry concepts emphasizing their connection to everyday life and experience. She focuses on demonstrating the connections between topics in order for students to see the bigger picture rather than interpreting chemistry one topic at a time. She enjoys meeting with students and mentoring students encouraging them towards success.Read More

Expertise

General Chemistry lecture

laboratories.

Stephen Fox

Professor, Chemistry

(207) 602-2317

sfox4@une.edu

Morgane Hall
012

Stephen Fox hails from the United Kingdom.  He moved to the United States in Fall 1981.  As a graduate student he developed interest and skill in the synthesis of transition-metal complexes with chelating ligands.  As a post-doctoral scholar at The Johns Hopkins University he studied complexes that modeled the structure of cytochrome oxidase.  As a faculty member at the University of Louisiana-Monroe he initiated a research program involving a novel chelating ligand — naphthyridinediimine, to prepare complexes of two metals in mutual close... Read More

Expertise

Bioinorganic Chemistry; synthesis of novel organic ligands; model compounds of metalloprotein active sites; coordination chemistry

Amy Keirstead

Associate Professor, Chemistry

(207) 602-2264

akeirstead@une.edu

Morgane Hall
10

Dr. “K” originally hails from the wilds of Nova Scotia, but has made her home in Maine and at UNE since 2008. A physical organic chemist, she primarily teaches organic chemistry lecture and laboratory, as well as mechanistic organic chemistry and the chemistry seminar course, and is notorious for being very excited about all things o-chem even during her 8 am lectures. Dr. K engages undergraduate students in her research program that uses organic chemistry to learn about the properties... Read More

Expertise

Physical organic chemistry

organic photochemistry

laser flash photolysis

chemistry of materials

green chemistry.

Brad M

Brad Moser

Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer, Physics

(207) 602-2039

bmoser@une.edu

Morgane Hall
007
On Sabbatical From: Fall 2016 to Spring 2017

Dr. Moser hails from the farmlands of Pennsylvania and earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Connecticut.  He teaches introductory physics and advanced courses, including Medical Physics, Revolutions of 20th Century Physics, and Biophysics: Structure and Motion.  He strives to connect all physics topics to students’ career interests and he was a key cog in developing UNE’s new Biophysics Minor.  Dr. Moser’s research efforts center on the development of new laboratory activities and he enjoys working with research... Read More

Expertise

Physics Education Research (PER)

Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS)

Laser Physics

Yoga

Jerome Mullin

Professor of Chemistry

Ludcke Chair 2013

(207) 602-2870

jmullin@une.edu

Morgane Hall
205

Expertise

Analytical chemistry

spectroscopic methods of analysis

fluorescence and chemiluminescence

environmental analysis

clinical analysis

Jill Tenny

Assistant Lecturer, Physics

(207) 602-2040

jrandall5@une.edu

Morgane Hall
019

Ms. Tenny teaches introductory physics in a studio setting following the internationally recognized and research supported modeling method.  In the classroom, her goal is to foster critical thinking and problem solving skills, including analyzing scenarios, making reasonable assumptions, and finding solutions to problems.  She also strives to help her students see connections between what is covered in the classroom and their everyday experiences.  She co-advises the Chemistry Club and is a professional physics tutor in the Student Academic Support Center.... Read More

Expertise

Physics Education

Physics Modeling

Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS)

Physics Education Research (PER)

Timothy Robbins

Assistant Lecturer, Chemistry

(207) 602-2559

trobbins1@une.edu

Morgane Hall
206

Dr. Robbins is part of the general chemistry instructional group, teaching both the lab and lecture. He also teaches courses in physical chemistry and surveys in chemistry and physics for allied health and occupational therapy students. As an instructor, Dr. Robbins focuses on developing students' conceptual understanding and improving their problem solving and critical thinking skills both inside and outside the classroom.Read More

Expertise

Physical chemistry

Molecular Dynamics simulations

Nucleic Acids

Joe Simard

Assistant Lecturer, Chemistry

(207) 602-2480

jsimard@une.edu

Morgane Hall
18

Dr. Simard is primarily interested in the instruction of Organic chemistry in the classroom and laboratory. His primary area of interest is the use of active learning techniques in teaching chemistry in the classroom and laboratory, and in creating guided inquiry activities and laboratory experiments. He personally uses Process Oriented Guided Inquiry (POGIL) activities in the the classroom. Read More

Expertise

Organic Chemistry

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry (POGIL)

active learning techniques

Deena Small

Associate Professor, Biochemistry

(207) 602-2224

dsmall1@une.edu

Morgane Hall
204

Expertise

Fat and Bone Cell Differentiation

Jagged1/Notch and FGFR Signaling Networks

Biological Effects and Toxicology of Polybrominated Diphenyl Flame Retardants

CHris Syvinski

Christopher Syvinski

M.S., Chemistry

Assistant Lecturer, Chemistry

(207) 602-2593

csyvinski@une.edu

Morgane Hall
18

Raised in Maine, Chris returned after earning his master’s degree to join UNE in 2002. He is a strong proponent of experiential learning and spends his time working with students in organic chemistry laboratories, where he can sometimes be found elbow deep in a fume hood providing assistance. He is also the chief caretaker of the university’s ECX300 NMR spectrometer supporting its use in teaching and research. Read More

James V

Professor, Physics

Director of Microscopy Core Facility

(207) 602-2560

jvesenka@une.edu

Morgane Hall
016

History and Research:

The moniker "Dr. V" is in veneration to his late father, an outstanding teacher in the Concord Massachusetts school system who went by the name of "Mr. V."  Dr. V teaches general physics and undertakes research in molecular self-assembly of four-stranded DNA and physics education.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Clark University with a dual major in chemistry and physics in 1982.  He graduated with... Read More

Expertise

Physics education pedagogy

physical science teacher training

scanning probe microscopy.

biomaterials nanotechnology

Staff

Don Day

Chemical Hygeine and Purchasing

Don is a scientist/engineer who spent his entire career in the specialty coated papers industry.  He is keenly interested in all aspects of laboratory methodology - especially safe practices and legal compliance.  Don enjoys using his chemical background to “invent” new and improved products that employ unique coatings to achieve certain properties.

Expertise

Chemical Hygeine

Industrial coatings

Organosilicone chemistry

Green chemistry

Polymers

Laboratory techniques

Chris Ambrose

Laboratory Assistant, Chemistry

(207) 602-2139

cambrose@une.edu

Morgane Hall
207

Chris has been teaching General Chemistry I & II Lab at UNE since 2007. He enjoys interacting with students in their first foray into the exciting world of college chemistry. In addition, he collaborates with students in the SPARTACUS Graduate Fellowship and the Chemistry Club in providing onsite and offsite visits to local elementary, middle, and high schools.Read More

Expertise

Chemistry Pedagogy

Doug Eppler

Laboratory Assistant

(207) 602-2268

deppler@une.edu

Morgane Hall
207

Doug has been teaching General Chemistry Lab I and II since 2007. He enjoys working with students in their first exposure to the world of college chemistry.

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Expertise

General Chemistry

Deborah Drinon Haggerty

Administrative Assistant

Graphic Artist

(207) 602-2714

dhaggerty@une.edu

Morgane Hall
4

Deborah brings to the Department of Chemistry and Physics a diverse background in both work experience and life experience. Growing up in central Massachusetts, she has lived in Nashville, TN where she worked as an Art Director for a print company and Virginia Beach, VA where she was employed selling industrial fasteners to the military and government contractors.  In 2000, Deborah relocated her family to Maine to take a position as a Marketing Director and Graphic Designer for an infrared... Read More

Expertise

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Acrobat Pro

Adobe Dreamweaver

WordPress

Digital Photography

Microsoft Word

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Access

Adobe Muse

Adobe Lightroom