Eastern New York Section

A Local Section of the American Chemical Society


2010 Officer & Councilor Elections

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on October 21, 2010 at 8:26 PM

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
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.

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