ACS New York Section
2008 Annual Report
John Halpin passed the treasurer position to Jill Rehmann in June
2008, but we have been unable to formally register the transfer with the
bank. Currently the section has no other officers but plans for more activity
are under discussion.
Jill Rehmann supervised the placement of 2 SEED II students with Dr.
Richard Gross of NYU Polytechnic and Dr. Maria Contel of Brooklyn College
and 1 SEED one student with Dr. Alec Greer of Brooklyn College.
The Brooklyn Subsection held
2 events this year as described below:
1. Research Poster Session
The Annual Poster Session for High School Students took place on
Sunday, October 19th at St. Joseph’s College. There were 51 posters
presented in this year’s event representing an increase in participation
over last year’s event, where 43 students presented. Students from 8 highs
schools in the areas attended. Members of the Section members who served
as judges included Jeonghee Kang, Kone Moriamou, Margaret Mandziuk,
and Mary Maier. Nadia Makar assisted by bringing student competitors to the
event and distributing of the ACS New York Section certificates.
Two first place posters and two second place posters were honored and
the presenters received a certificate and a cash prize. Seven addition students
were presented with honorable mention certificates. The winners were:
Jesse Flores, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
Hoa Pham, High Tech High School
Chand Shah, High Tech High School
Peter A. Michael, Union Hill High School
Luis Jose Mendez, Union Hill High School
Elaine Gomez, Union Hill High School
Kevin Chen, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
Santo Abraham, Midwood High School
Sam Sirotnikov, James Madison High School
Shadman Torofder, James Madison High School
Tolulope Oladele, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
Jin Montclare, Ph.D., of NYU Polytechnic University presented
the address entitled Designing Artificial Proteins as Therapeutics and
Tissue Scaffolds. Dr. Montclare presented research exploring
the tolerance of biosynthetic and evolutionary pathways to the presence
of new chemical substrates not provided by nature with the specific aim
of designing novel biocatalysts and polymeric materials relevant to industry
and medicine. The research blends the tools of chemistry, engineering, biology
and materials science offering an example of how modern science is becoming
We would like to acknowledge those who worked to make this event a success:
We are grateful to our judges:
Mary Maier, Ph.D.
Kone Morimou, Ph.D.
Charanjeet Jassal, M.S. Duane
Poonam Jassal, B.S.
Ann Pavia, B.A.
Jeonghee Kang, Ph.D. Kailin Cheng
Margaret Mandziuk, Ph.D. Linda Cangieter, B.A.
Chairperson: Jill K. Rehmann, Ph.D.
2. The Twenty-Second Annual
NCW Brooklyn High School Day
The Twenty-Second Annual NCW Brooklyn High School Day was held
at Brooklyn College on October 23th, involving approximately 250 high
school students, chemistry student affiliates and faculty . The program
included chemical demonstrations, a tour of the laboratories,
an awards program, refreshments and the Twenty-fourth Annual
H. Martin Friedman Lecture featuring MIT Chemistry Professor Daniel
Nocera. His address entitled "Powering the Planet with Artificial Photosynthesis”,
offered an inspiring vision of our energy future and the important role that
chemists will play in meeting the world’s energy and environmental challenges.
Our thanks to the faculty organizers at Brooklyn College including Dr. Roberto
Sanchez-Delgado, Dr. Terry Dowd, Dr. Laura Juszczak, and Chairperson, and
department chair Dr. James Howell.
Jill Rehmann, Ph.D.
Department of Physical Science
St. Joseph's College
245 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
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