Eastern New York Section

A Local Section of the American Chemical Society


2014 Elections

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on October 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM

2014 Officer Elections

The Eastern NY Local Section will be holding Officer and Councilor Elections for 2014.
We'll be voting on the following positions,all are running unopposed:

Chair-Elect: Laura MacManus-Spencer

Councilor : Mary Carroll  01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016)

Alternate Councilor: Tony Noce  (01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016)

Treasurer : Harmon Tunison  (01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2015)

Secretary : Harry Garber  (01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2015)

 Brief Biographies

Laura MacManus-Spencer 
Laura MacManus-Spencer is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Union College. Prof. MacManus-Spencer is active in the Eastern NY ACS local section, attending monthly meetings, serving as Chair of the Education Committee and National Chemistry Week Coordinator (2011 and 2012), and assisting in writing the local section’s annual report. She also attends and presents her research regularly at National ACS meetings. Prof. MacManus-Spencer welcomes the opportunity to serve the local section as Chair Elect for 2014.

Prof. MacManus-Spencer earned a BA in Chemistry from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN (2000) and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota (2005). She then took a position as Postdoctoral Associate in the Environmental Engineering Science program at Stanford University. Prof. MacManus-Spencer joined the faculty at Union College in the fall of 2006. Since 2007, she has served as a Co-Advisor to the Union College Chemistry Club, an active ACS Student Chapter.

At Union, Prof. MacManus-Spencer teaches Introductory Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Instrumentation and conducts research with undergraduate students. Research in Prof. MacManus-Spencer’s lab is focused on studies of the environmental and biological fate of contaminants of emerging environmental concern, such as the active ingredients in sunscreens and perfluoroalkyl acids, which are used in the manufacture of oil- and water-resistant coatings (Teflon, Gore-Tex, etc.). This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Research Corporation for Science Advancement and Union College. Results from this research have recently been published in Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Science & Technology.

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, and would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the section in this role during 2014 to 2016. She has been a member of the ENY section since 1992, and is a longstanding member and past chair of the ENY Education Committee.

 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 Constitution & Bylaws and its Task Force on Councilor and Member Duties and Conduct. 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.

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 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.

Anthony Noce
Anthony (Tony) Noce is currently a Principal Consultant with ARCADIS, an international company providing consultancy, design, engineering and management services in the fields of infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. Mr. Noce has more than 25 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 currently leads and coordinates the EHS compliance contracts for several large multinational corporations. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating a team of scientists and engineers providing global environment, health and safety compliance, due diligence, global product stewardship, and sustainability management services in accordance with various Master Services Agreements. 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 the American Chemical Society since 1994. He currently serves as an Alternate Councilor for the Eastern New York Section and has served in a variety of local, regional and national positions within the Society, including Chair of NERM ’97 and NERM ’03 for the Eastern New York Section, Program Chair for the Environmental Division, and as a member of the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement (1999 to 2006 and 2011 to present).

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

Harmon Tunison
Harmon Tunison has worked at KAPL for the last 22 years as a research chemist in Analytical methods development, high temperature corrosion, and most recently in Actinide chemistry. He has a BS in chemistry from Shippensburg State University in PA, a masters in Analytical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Analytical and Inorganic chemistry from the University of Nebraska. Harmon lives in Scotia, NY with his wife Jan and two sons Ben and Alex.

Harry Garber
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 Toxicologist at the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center. In the Eastern New York Section ACS (member since 1980), he has served the three-year Chair Elect - Chair - Past 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.


I welcome the opportunity to continue serving as your Secretary.


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