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2010 Officer & Councilor Elections

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on October 21, 2010 at 8:26 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 17th meeting.
This year's Eastern NY Section Nominees are as follows; all are running unopposed.

Please Vote by using the 2010 ballot and ballot signature!

Chair Elect - Denis A. Kissounko
Councilor - Mary K. Carroll
Alternate
Councilor - N. Sukumar

Chair Elect - Denis A. Kissounko

Brief Biography
I graduated with M. Sc. Magna cum laude as chemistry major from Moscow State University. I performed my graduate studies in organometallic chemistry at the University of Salford (UK) and Moscow State University (Russia) working on a joint research program established between two universities. After graduation in 2000, I worked at several postdoctoral appointments at Baylor University, University of Maryland-College Park and University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests there were synthetic organometallic chemistry, polymerization catalysis and mechanisms, as well as applications of polymers for medicinal needs such as antimicrobial and antifungal drags. In 2007 I began my independent professional career at the Center of Composite Materials, University of Delaware. There, I expanded my expertise from chemistry to material science. More specifically, I worked on polymer and surface chemistry at the interface of material science, to formulate resins for specific applications, such as structural materials and materials for ballistic shot mitigation; tailor fiber resin adhesion by chemically modifying the fiber surface; use of special block-co-polymers to improve mechanical performance of both bulk resin and fiber resin interface. Overall, my 10 years of research experience resulted in 29 publications in American and International peer review journals, 26 conference presentations and 4 US and World patents.

Apart from my scientific accomplishments, I’m also involved into ACS activities. In 2007 I was elected an alternate councilor for the ACS Delaware section and executive committee member, and I was proud to serve in this capacity till 2010. As a councilor for the American Chemical Society, I have become interested in such pivotal topic as sustainable development of chemical industries, and was been actively involved in discussions of environmental and sustainability issues with local politicians and community groups at the State of Delaware.
With all my experience in chemical science and in representing chemists of the State of Delaware, I would be honored to serve the Eastern New York ACS section, and lead it to excel in areas such as sustainable energy and development of chemical industries, chemical education at schools and colleges, as well as popularizing chemistry for the local community. Hence, I nominate myself to for the upcoming election as a section chair candidate for 2011.

Councilor - Mary K. Carroll


Brief Biography
Mary K. Carroll is Professor and Chair 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 and would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the section in this role during 2011 to 2013. In 2010, Mary was appointed Chair of the ACS Society Committee on Education (SOCED), a national committee on which she has served in various roles since 2001. SOCED’s mission is to inform and guide the ACS on science education policy issues, and to advance and shape the educational activities of ACS and its Education Division. As SOCED chair, she also served this year as an ex officio member of the ACS Graduate Education Advisory Board (GEAB) and the ACS Council Policy Committee (CPC), and as a full member of the ACS Program Review Advisory Group (PRAG). Mary also 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. 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.

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 a mechanical engineering colleague, Prof. Ann M. Anderson. Their research on aerogel materials is currently funded by RUI and MRI grants from the National Science Foundation.


Alternate Councilor - N. Sukumar

Brief Biography
Sukumar has been with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy since 1999, currently as Associate Research Professor at the Rensselaer Center for Cheminformatics Research.  His research uses computational, cheminformatics and bioinformatics methods for the discovery of molecules with specific chemical and biological properties, and the development of cheminformatics software for generating accurate molecular properties, QSAR descriptors and statistical modeling methods. Together these tools have enabled macromolecules and large databases to be rapidly scanned for desirable combinations of chemical, physiological and materials properties, enabling prediction and interpretation of protein-ligand binding and protein similarity classification.

Other research interests include quantum chemistry and density functional theory (currently editing a book “A Matter of Density: Exploring the Electron Density Concept in the Chemical, Biological, and Materials Sciences” to be published by Wiley next year), mapping the network topology of chemical spaces, development of algorithms for de novo proteomic analysis, computation of nonadiabatic couplings and manifestations of the geometric phase. He has published some 35 research papers and 6 book chapters.

Sukumar is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Bonn, Germany (1993-1995, 1997). He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stony Brook in 1984, following a master’s from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Previous appointments include visiting faculty and visiting scientist appointments at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India (2009-2010), Wadsworth Institute, Albany, NY (2003), Panjab University, Chandigarh, India (1989-1991), and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (1992-1993), and postdoctoral appointments at Marquette University, Milwaukee (1998, the University of New Orleans (1985-1987) and the University of Southern California (1984-1985).

Besides ACS (as a member of COMP, PHYS and CINF divisions), other memberships and service include life membership in the American Physical Society, Vice Chair of the Color Projected Image Division of the Photographic Society of America, Past President (2003-2004), Slide Group Chair (2001-2003), and currently Fine Arts Chair (since 2004) and Editor at the Schenectady Photographic Society. Besides speaking at chemistry conferences, Sukumar has also presented programs at photography conferences in the USA and India and regularly exhibits at local art galleries.

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

 

ENY Section, Election Nominees

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on October 14, 2009 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This year's Eastern NY Section Nominees are as follows; all are running unopposed.

Chair Elect - Tina Ovitt
Secretary - Harry Garber
Treasurer - Harmon Tunison
Councilor - Warren Hull
Alternate Councilor - Joanne Kehlbeck

Chair Elect - Tina Ovitt

Chemist - SI Group, Inc., 2005 - present.

Previous Work History
NatureWorks LLC (formerly Cargill Dow LLC), Senior Process/Product Development
Chemist, 2001-2005.

Education
St. Lawrence University, B.S. with Honors in Chemistry and Psychology, summa cum laude, 1996.
Cornell University, Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 2001.

Service in Minnesota Section of ACS
Chair-Elect, 2004-2005.
Service in ENY Section of ACS
Education Committee, 2007 - present.

Secretary - Harry Garber

Brief Biography
Harry Garber earned a BS degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 1970, an MS degree in Analytical Chemistry from MIT in 1975, and an MS degree in Forensic Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. Since 1980 he has been employed as a Forensic Toxicologist at the New York State Police Crime Laboratory. In the Eastern New York Section ACS (member since 1980), he has served the three-year Program Chair - Chair - Nominating Chair cycle, sandwiched between two three-year stints as Arrangements Committee Chair. He has organized symposia in Forensic Chemistry during three Northeast Regional Meetings (NERMs) of the ACS (June 1989, June 1997, and June 2003) hosted by our Local Section. He has been Secretary since 1990.

Statement
I welcome the opportunity to continue serving as your Secretary.

Treasurer - Harmon Tunison

Brief Biography
I am a senior chemist at the Knolls Atomic Power Lab (KAPL) in Niskayuna NY where I currently work in the ceramics development lab. My career, at KAPL has ranged from traditional analytical chemistry development to advanced materials research. I obtained by BA in chemistry from Shippensburg University of PA and my Master's in Analytical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. After working for several years I obtained my Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry and analytical electrochemistry from the University of Nebraska. I have been the treasurer of the section for the past ten years and would like to have your vote to continue in this position for the section.

Councilor - Warren Hull

Warren D. Hull Jr.: Forensic Scientist IV - New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center, Building 30, 1220 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12226-3000. 1973- present.
SUNY at Albany, B.S. Chemistry, 1970.

Service in ENY ACS
Member ACS since 1974; Continuing Education Committee, 1978-1985; Membership and Hospitality Committee, 1979-1986; National Chemistry Week Committee, 1989-1998; National Chemistry Week Tenth Anniversary Task Force member, International Committee, 1996-2004, VIP; President?s Club 1998, Executive Committee, 1988-present; Chair-Elect, 1988-1989; Chair, 1989-1990; Past Chair, 1991; Alternate Councilor, 1991-1993; Councilor, 1993-present.

Service in National ACS
Member of the Council Standing Committee on Membership Affairs, 2007-present; Recruitment and Retention MAC Subcommittee Chair, 2008-present; MAC liaison to the Admissions Committee, 2008-present; Associate Member of the Council Standing Committee on Membership Affairs, 2005-2006; Associate Member of the Council Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, 2004; Member of the Council Standing Committee on Local Section Activities, 1998-2003; Member of the Canvassing Committee for the ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry, 1997-2000(Chair 1999-2000); LSAC liaison to the National Chemistry Olympiad Committee (1999-2003). LSAC representative to the NCW 2000 Task Force Retreat. LSAC liaison to Divisional Activities Committee (1999-2000). LSAC liaison to the Younger Chemist Committee (2001-2003).


Alternate Councilor - Joanne Kehlbeck

Brief Biography
Joanne D. Kehlbeck was a Mellon Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow (1990 and 1991) at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA working with Bruce Beaver. She received her BS in Chemistry (1992) from Duquesne in 1992. Her senior honors thesis involved kinetic studies of a pyrroles and tetrahydrocabazoles to probe initiation of the oxidative degradation of petroleum products. Kehlbeck continued her interest in physical organic chemistry in her doctoral studies with Stuart W. Staley at Carnegie Mellon University receiving her PhD in 1999. Her multidisciplinary doctoral work combines organic synthesis, ab initio molecular orbital calculations and NMR studies as tools to understand fundamental issues in charge transfer. In 1999 she moved to Yale University in New Haven, CT to complete postdoctoral studies under Alanna Schepartz, the Milton Harris '29 Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale. While there, Kehlbeck studied the chemical biology of protein?protein and protein?nucleic acid interactions and the design of very small, yet well-folded proteins that inhibit or promote protein-protein interactions with exceptional levels of specificity. In 2002 she took the position of Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Union College in Schenectady, NY. In 2008 she achieved tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. She teaches organic chemistry, an advanced organic-medicinal chemistry course and biochemistry. Her research interests span a broad range of topics in chemical biology and organic chemistry, including design and synthesis of non-natural protein mimics, molecular enzymology, natural product fractionation and structure determination, and materials science.