Eastern New York Section

A Local Section of the American Chemical Society


March Section Meeting

Posted by Benjamin Kaufold on March 9, 2018 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Our next Section Meeting for 2018 will take place on Wednesday, March 28, at RPI. Dr. Jason Benedict from the University of Buffalo will be presenting a talk entitled Atoms in Motion: Creating and Characterizing Dynamic Crystalline Materials. Additional information on Dr. Benedict's research can be found here. The meeting will take place at RPI with the social hour in the Polymer Center Corridor featuring a cash bar and live music provided by The Collar City Combo. We will then move to the CBIS Auditorium lobby for dinner and the remaining portion of the meeting.


RPI Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)

1623 15th Street

Troy, NY 12180

Click here for a map to the location. Parking is available at the College Ave garage (directions/information here).


5:30 - 6:30 – Social Hour with cash bar and live jazz band in the Polymer Center Corridor

6:30 - 6:40 -- Walk to CBIS through Cogswell Laboratories (5 min walk)

6:40 - 7:30 -- Dinner in CBIS Auditorium Lobby

7:30 - 8:00 -- Business Meeting

8:00 - 9:00 -- Presentation by Dr. Jason Benedict, University of Buffalo

**The Polymer Center Cooridor is connected to the College Ave parking garage and guests can enter directly from the garage**


Buffet dinner featuring:

- Rolls & Butter

- House salad with dressing

- Chicken Parmesan

- Beef Meatballs & Marinara

- Vegetarian Lasagna

- Penne Pasta with Marinara & Vodka sauce

- Sauteed green & yellow squash

- Assorted Italian pastries and cookies for dessert


Please make reservations and online payment by Monday, March 26, 2018 at the online registration page (Click here).

Please note that pre-registration is required. ENY-ACS events are cashless – payment must be made online during registration (preferred) or by check at the event.


$25 for employed attendees

$15 for graduate students

$10 for undergraduate students, retirees, and unemployed attendee

Election 2017

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on January 9, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Eastern NY Local Section will be holding Officer and Councilor Elections for 2017.

We'll be voting on the following positions.

Chair-Elect: Steven A. Tysoe, Craig Westphal

Councilor: Mary K. Carroll

Alternate Councilor: Tony Noce

Brief Biographies

Steven A. Tysoe
Steve Tysoe got his B. A. in Chemistry in 1986 from Queens College in New York City. He pursued his Ph. D. in Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry at the City University of New York Graduate School and received his Master’s and Doctorate in 1993 under Dr. Thomas Strekas for his work with ruthenium polypyridyl complexes and their interaction with nucleic acids. He then became an assistant professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland for 3 years, followed by a four year professorship at Skidmore College. Steve went on to work at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna for 10 years, involving himself with projects including improving industrial diamond synthesis, developing novel erosion/corrosion coatings for the hydroelectric industry, and analyzing sub-ppb ion contamination in nuclear reactor coolant water. While at GE, Steve received a patent award for 25 submitted applications. Steve left GE in 2010, and did both consulting for Associated Polymer Labs and teaching several classes at Schenectady County Community College as an adjunct professor. In the summer of 2016, Steve joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a Chemistry Lecturer and is currently teaching general and organic chemistry students. Steve and his wife Marcela live in Ballston Spa and have 2 sons, Andrew (also a chemist) and William.

Craig Westphal
Craig Westphal is a Senior Analytical Manager at SABIC in Selkirk, NY. Dr. Westphal has been a longstanding ACS member. While he is relatively new to the eastern NY area, he has been active in the Delaware ACS local section, regularly attending monthly meetings and other events. Most recently, he was serving as an alternate councilor and on the Executive Committee before a career change brought him to NY. He also volunteers with other organizations, including a local school district to implement a day of science to also serving as a science fair judge for the Delaware Valley Science Fair, one of the oldest and largest in the country. He welcomes the opportunity to serve as Chair-elect and become more active in the Eastern NY section.

Dr. Westphal earned a BA in Chemistry from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH (1999) and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the George Washington University (2004). After a brief post-doc at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, he took a position as a Research Chemist in the Corporate Center for Analytical Sciences at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE. He spent 11 years with DuPont developing their ultratrace elemental analysis capabilities and leading a team of researchers before leaving as part of the Chemours spin-off (2014). During this time, he was recognized multiple times for R&D excellence as well as his role in organizing the annual global technical conference. He left Chemours and has been with SABIC since 2015 where he manages a group of analytical chemists as part of the global R&D organization. Current research areas are focused on polymer characterization and morphology from the bulk to nano scale for healthcare, electronics, and other markets.

Mary K. Carroll
Mary K. Carroll is Professor of Chemistry at Union College. Prof. Carroll is active in the American Chemical Society (ACS) at the local and national levels. She has served as Councilor of the ENY ACS section since 1998, representing the ENY section at Council meetings during ACS National Meetings and participating in ENY Executive Committee meetings. She has been a member of the ENY section since 1992, and is a longstanding member and past chair of the ENY Education Committee. Based on her contributions to science and service to the ACS, she was selected for recognition as a member of the class of 2016 ACS Fellows.

At the national level, Prof. Carroll currently serves as an elected member of the ACS Council Policy Committee (CPC), as well as its subcommittees on Long-Range Planning and Petitions, Constitution & Bylaws. She is co-chairing the new Board-CPC Task Force on Governance Design. She has also been serving as an Associate to the ACS Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) since 2014. During 2010-2012, she chaired the ACS Society Committee on Education (SOCED), a committee on which she served from 2001 to 2012. As SOCED chair, she also served as an ex officio member of the ACS Graduate Education Advisory Board (GEAB) and the CPC in 2010-2012, and as a full member of the ACS Program Review Advisory Group (PRAG) in 2010-2011. She participated in the national Women Chemists Committee from 2001 to 2004.

Prof. Carroll earned a BS in chemistry from Union College (1986), and a PhD in analytical chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington (1991). Following a postdoctoral stint at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she joined the faculty of Union College in 1992. She received the 1995 Stillman Prize for outstanding teaching and the 2012 Faculty Meritorious Service Award. From 1994 to 2009, she served as faculty advisor to Union’s Chemistry Club, an award-winning ACS Student Chapter. From 2005-2008, she was Director of Undergraduate Research for the college. She chaired Union’s Chemistry Department from 2008 to 2011. In 2015, she received the 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine.

At Union, Prof. Carroll teaches introductory chemistry, chemical instrumentation, and analytical chemistry, as well as courses for non-science majors, and mentors undergraduate research students. She has a productive interdisciplinary research group with mechanical engineering colleagues, Profs. Ann M. Anderson and Bradford A. Bruno. Their research on aerogel materials is currently funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). In addition, she serves as Chief Science Officer for Sunthru, LLC, a company founded for the purpose of developing and commercializing monolithic silica aerogel products for the daylighting market, which is currently funded by a grant from the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Anthony Noce
Anthony (Tony) Noce has more than 28 years of experience in environmental chemistry and consulting, with a focus on global environment health and safety compliance and due diligence and integration services. Mr. Noce is currently a Principal Consultant with Haley & Aldrich, Inc., where he is responsible for building the Operations Risk & Compliance practice. He leads and coordinates the EHS compliance contracts for a variety of clients, and is responsible for coordinating a team of scientists and engineers providing global environment, health and safety compliance, due diligence, product stewardship, and sustainability management services. As such, he is responsible for delivering “best talent” and ensuring the consistent delivery of value-added services on time and on budget.

Mr. Noce has been an active member of ACS since 1991. He currently serves as Chair of the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI), Chair of the Northeast Region of the ACS (NERACS), and as an Alternate Councilor for the Eastern New York Section. He has served in a variety of local, regional and national positions within the Society, including Chair of NERM ’97 and NERM ’03, Program Chair for the Environmental Division, and as a member of CEI (1999 to 2006 and 2011 to present).

Mr. Noce holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the State University of New York College at Potsdam.

Cherry Valley-Springfield Thanks ENY-ACS

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on April 27, 2010 at 4:54 PM Comments comments (0)

The Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District sent a thank you letter to the Eastern NY ACS Section to acknowledge our donation of a new Merck Index.

Councilor's Report, 239th National Meeting

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on April 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM Comments comments (0)

Mr. Warren Hull attended the 239th National ACS Meeting in San Francisco from March 21-25 2010 and has issued the following Councilor's Report.

Bet Shraga Thanks ENY-ACS

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on December 31, 2009 at 2:02 PM Comments comments (0)

Terry Frazer, a Middle School Science Teacher at Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy of the Capital District, was a recipient of The Merck Index donated by our local section.  Chair Eric Davenport received a thank you letter from Rabbi Rami Strosberg, Head of School at Bet Shraga. 

2010 NE Region & ACS Awards

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on December 9, 2009 at 3:07 PM Comments comments (0)

I have received a "Call for Nominations" for the 2010 Northeast Region and ACS Awards.

The 2010 Northeast Region Awards include:





The 2010 National ACS Award:


See the linked documents for all the details.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS                                    AWARD DESCRIPTIONS


2010 Officer & Councilor Elections

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on November 4, 2009 at 2:08 PM Comments comments (0)

The Eastern NY Local Section will be holding Officer and Councilor Elections for 2010.  Ballots can be mailed in or brought to the Novermber 19th meeting.

Please Vote by using the 2010 ballot and ballot signature!  :D


Buck-Whitney to Stanislaus Wong

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on October 28, 2009 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Stanislaus Wong will receive the 2009 Buck-Whitney Award at the November 19th Section Meeting to take place at Albany Nanotech.  Dr. Wong will present the Buck-Whitney Award Address entitled:

Chemical Strategies in Nanoscience

In the first part of the talk, we update selected chemical strategies used for the focused functionalization of single walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) surfaces. In recent years, SWNTs have been treated as legitimate nanoscale chemical reagents. Hence, herein we seek to understand, from a structural and mechanistic perspective, the breadth and types of controlled covalent reactions SWNTs can undergo in solution phase, not only at ends and defect sites but also along sidewalls. Controllable chemical functionalization suggests that the unique optical, electronic and mechanical properties of SWNTs can be much more readily tuned than ever before, with key implications for the generation of truly functional nanoscale working devices.

In the second part of the talk, environmentally friendly synthetic methodologies have gradually been implemented as viable techniques in the synthesis of a range of nanostructures. In this work, we focus on the application of green chemistry principles to the synthesis of complex metal oxide and fluoride nanostructures. In particular, we describe advances in the use of hydrothermal and modified template techniques as environmentally sound, socially responsible, and cost-effective methodologies that allow us to generate nanomaterials without the need to sacrifice on sample quality, purity, crystallinity, in addition to control over size and shape.

NCD Volunteers Needed!

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on September 15, 2009 at 12:03 PM Comments comments (0)

National Chemistry Day Volunteers Needed!
Sunday, October 18, 2009, NYS Museum

Assistance is needed for:

Greeting table
Registration table
Poster Making table
Poster Contest judges
General help

If you can help, please contact Joanne Kehlbeck, kehlbecj@union.edu

Call for Nominations

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on September 11, 2009 at 2:44 PM Comments comments (0)

The Eastern New York Local Section will hold elections at the November monthly meeting. The following positions are open for election:

Local Section Officers

One (1) Councilor position\
One (1) Alternate Councilor position

A current listing of Local Section officers can be found on website. Click here.
A current listing of Local Section Councilors can also be found on the website. Click here

 Local Section members that wish to run for office should submit a brief biography highlighting their professional, academic, and any ACS service experience with their nomination. Nominations may be sent to Local Section Chair, Eric Davenport, by sending an email to enyacs@gmail.com.

Nominations close on September 30, 2009. A ballot will be generated in October and the election will take place at the November meeting. Instructions for mail-in votes will be provided with the ballots.

Eric Davenport
Chair, ENY ACS Local Section
(518) 289-5817