Since most of the classroom volunteers are recruited from the available pool of retired technical people in the southern Maine area, the particular volunteers available change from time-to-time. Volunteers are added and occasionally a volunteer retires. Volunteers receive orientation in classroom activities and serve a period of “on the job training” under the supervision of an experienced volunteer before they solo in a classroom or after-school program.

The following is a list of volunteer scientists available to schools at the present time. In some cases there are two or more individuals who meet the description.

  • Chemist.  Specializing in physical chemistry and commercial chemical product development before retirement.
  • Biochemist. Retired following career in academic medical research.
  • Physicist. Retired from college teaching.
  • Applied Physicist/Electronics Engineer.  Retired from consulting engineering practice.
  • Mathematician and Science Generalist.  Retired as head of math education department at Syracuse University.
  • M.D. Retired.  Broad knowledge of biological subject and general science.
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Biochemist
  • Mechanical Engineer/Marine Engineer.  Not retired but sponsored by his employer for regular participation in program on a regular basis for many years.
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Geologist and Environmental Scientist
  • Biophysicists.  Retired from university teaching and research


One of the MSSV volunteers (retired electrical engineer) works with 8th grade students on a project constructng a simple electric motor.


Retired chemist checking buoyancey


Early picture of volunteers trained to do demonstration.
Later it was decided to have students do modules that
involved them.

Contact Info:

Anyone wishing to participate as a volunteer, to request the service
of a volunteer, or to provide needed financial support is invited
to contact MSSV at:


Winnie Chan      
1045 Harpswell Islands Road, Harpswell, ME 04079

  (207) 833-6184             


 March 1, 2018

Maine School Science Volunteers
Biographical Sketches

Kenneth Ault
Training M.D. Harvard Medical School,
Work Experience Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
Becton Dickinson Immunocytometry, San Francisco
Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Portland
Teaching Experience Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School, University of Maine
Expertise Hematology and Immunology, Flow cytometry.

Ellen Bennett
Training MA, University of Texas at Austin.
Work Experience Science faculty, Milton Academy, Milton, MA
Health Center and Health Education Supervisor, Harvard Community Health Plan
Director, Pennsylvania Statewide College Consortium
Monitor, National Science Foundation initiatives
Director, Indiana School/College Partnership Program
Teaching Experience Physical sciences, Earth sciences, Computer literacy,
Science Teacher Professional Development
Expertise Physical sciences, Earth sciences.

Frank Broadbent
Training EdD University of Rochester. Work Experience Electrician’s helper, LTJG Navy
Teaching Experience Elementary school teacher
College Professor of Education and Mathematics
Games and Simulations developer Mid-Coast Senior College Professor
National workshops Expertise Mathematics, Electricity, Computers.

Alan Burns
Training PhD, Chemical Physics, University of California, Berkeley. Work Experience Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Teaching Experience Graduate and postdoctoral students in collaboration with the Department of Pathology, University of New Mexico. Expertise Surface science, solid-state physics, laser spectroscopy and optics, scanning probe spectroscopy, self-assembled monolayers, tribology, membrane biophysics.

Tom Burrage
Training PhD Clark University.
Work experience Yale Arbovirus Research Center, Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health, USDA Plum Island Animal Disease Center.
Teaching experience General Biology Boston University, Electron Microscopy.
Expertise Invertebrate Neurobiology, Electron Microscopy, Virology,
Foreign Animal Disease Vaccine Development.

Winnie Chan
Training PhD, University of California, Los Angeles.
Working Experience USDA, Commonwealth of Virginia University Medical School.
Teaching Experience: Biochemistry in medical, graduate and undergraduate schools, Medical fellows and graduate students research
Expertise: Metabolic etiology of diseases, amino acids, trace minerals and growth factors.
Susan Gladstein Training Masters of Science, University of Florida. Work/Teaching Experience Broward County Public Schools (South Florida), 30 years high school biology and environmental sciences. Expertise Education, Biology, Forensics, Environmental Science.

Judith A. Kelly
Training PhD, Biophysics, University of Connecticut.
Work Experience Professor and Department Head, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut; Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Oxford, England; Fulbright Scholar, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, Grenoble, France
Visiting Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Teaching Experience Biochemistry, biophysics, structural chemistry, biophysical methods.
Areas of Expertise Protein structure and function; X-ray diffraction, kinetic methods, and interactive computer graphics; enzyme mechanisms.

Lovye Oesterlin
Training M.S. Chemistry, Biology: New Mexico Highlands Univ.
Fulbright Scholar: Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Univ. California Berkeley, Organic chemistry.
Work Experience Sloan-Kettering (NYC) Biochemistry
Resident Chemist, Univ. of CA Berkeley, Dept. of Engineering
Consultant: New York State Education Dept., Albany
Regents Chemistry Exam writing, review and reader
GRE Chemistry Exam Committee for teachers
National Science Foundation Grant Evaluating Committee.
Washington, D.C.
Teaching Experience Elementary Project Discovery, Western Conn. State University Physical Science, Oakland CA. Jr. High
Chemistry, Biology, Columbia H.S., E. Greenbush, SUNYA
EOP College Chemistry, Biology
Field Supervisor for Student Teachers, Cabrini College, Radnor, PA
Expertise Teaching of Science; Science Fair Projects.

James L. Parmentier
Training PhD, University of California Santa Barbara.
Work Experience Research Scientist, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Duke Medical School
Associate Professor and Director. of Research, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Univ of South Alabama Medical School, Mobile AL
Research Scientist, Becton Dickinson Research Center, RTP, NC
Clinical Research Director, AutoImmune Inc, Lexington, MA
Associate Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute of Health Professions
Associate Professor, Rutgers University School of Medicine
Teaching Experience Clinical Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Biopharma Program, Rutgers University School of Medicine
Expertise: Biology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience.

Bill Rixon
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Earth Science, Greely High School
Expertise in the night sky, Earth Science

John Ruid
Training MS, Polymer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
MBA, Union College.
Work Experience Albany International, Kimberly Clark, GE, Velcro, Saint-Gobain.
Teaching Experiences Youth programs in science and sports.
Areas of Expertise: Polymers, Coatings, Adhesives, Inventions