ACS New York Section
(NY Section Subsection)
2008 Annual Report
Mrs. Jean Delfiner –Co-chair
Mrs. Joan Laredo-Liddell – Co-chair
Mr. Joseph Sencen – Vice-chair
Mrs. Carol Sencen – Secretary
Dr. Rolande Hodel – Treasurer
Dr. Mary Cowman – Program Chair
Dr. Peter Corfield – College Awards Chair
The Westchester Chemical Society had six varied and exciting
programs, including its Distinguished Scientist Award and Achievement
Chemistry Certificates for first year college chemistry students.
The meetings were held at Polytechnic Institute of NYU-Westchester Graduate
Center , 40 Saw Mill River Parkway, Hawthorne, NY. The Distinguished
Scientist Award was held at the Butcher Suite of Pace University-Pleasantville
and included Dinner. The average attendance at the meetings was 20
– 30 people, with nearly 60 at the Distinguished Scientist.
March 25, 2008:
Dr. Boris Gorovits, director, Drug Safety and Metabolism, Wyeth Research,
Pearl River, NY spoke on “Biopharmaceutical Drugs and Why They are Different.”
Biopharmaceutical based drug molecules have been gaining momentum and become
a major focus of research and development effort for many small and large
pharmaceutical companies. These small molecule based drug molecules,
should in the future be approved for use in various areas of medicine.
April 15, 2008:
The topic “ Role of the Switch between 2 types of protein synthesis
(cap-dependent to cap-independent translation) in Breast Cancer was discussed
by Dr. Ksenia Karpisheva of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Translational regulation plays a key role in cancer development and progression,
impacting on tumor cell proliferation and growth, response to stress such
as low oxygen (hypoxia) and stimulated by mitogenic signals and cell hormone
receptors. Dr. Karpisheva demonstrated that a majority of large advanced
breast cancers over express transition regulatory protein – 4E-BP1 and
initiation factor of eIF4G.
May 7, 2008: Distinguished Scientist
Award and Dinner and College Student Awards
Dr. David Fairhurst (center) received the 2008 Distinguished Scientist
October 7, 2008:
for the Westchester Chemical Society.
The Salutes to Excellence was given to Dr. Ellen Weiser (front left)
of Pace University-Pleasantville
for her work in arranging the room for our Distinguished Scientist Award
The Salutes to Excellence was given to Dr. Peter Corfield (front
right) of SUNY-Purchase
for organizing the college chemistry awards for the students.
Back row - WCS Officers: Dr. Mary Cowman (Program Chair), Mrs. Joan
Laredo-Liddell (Subsection Co-Chair),
Mrs. Jean Delfiner (Subsection Co-Chair), Ms Rolande Hodel (Treasurer)
First year college chemistry students who received achievement awards
and their instructors
Dr. Rastislov Levicky, a Donald F. Othmer Assistant Professor, Chemical
and Biological Engineering of Polytechnic Institute of NYU discussed “Genetic
Diagnostics at Interfaces: From Self-Assembled Monolayers to Self-Integrated
His presentation included distinct , surface-specific behaviors that
arise as a consequence, their implications for applications and approaches
to resolving outstanding diagnostic challenges, considered from a molecular
October 28, 2008:
Dr. Paul Dillon of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics of Tarrytown, discussed
Serum Markers of Liver Fibrosis.” He described the assays as examples
of typical clinical immunoassays. The approaches used to develop the
score equation, to validate the analytical performance of the assays and
the clinical performances of the score, and to ensure consistency over time
both in the laboratory and in manufacturing.