NEW YORK SECTION, AMERICAN CHEMICAL
2009 ANNUAL REPORT
The Brooklyn Subsection held two organizational meetings
at Polytechnic University this year to rejuvenate activities in 2010. During
the first meeting on October 7th attended by Dr. Eli Pearce, Dr. Bruce
Garetz (NYU-Poly), Theresa Cea (Kraft-0retired) and Jill Rehmann (St. Joseph’s
College), plans were made to invite chemists from area colleges, universities
and high schools to discuss how the section might be revitalized. Representatives
from several institutions were contacted and asked to join the group on
November 13th for a second meeting. During this second meeting several
proposals for future activities were proposed and the group decided to
host an evening event featuring a distinguished speaker at Polytechnic
University in April of 2010.
Signature privileges for the funds of the Brooklyn subsection
were officially transferred from John Halpin, the former treasurer, to
Jill Rehmann (Treasurer) and Brian Gibney (Subsection Chair) in November.
A report has been forwarded to the NY Section Treasurer.
THE BROOKLYN SUBSECTION HELD 2 EVENTS IN 2009
1. Research Poster Session XV
This annual poster session for high school students took
place on Sunday, October 18th at St. Joseph’s College. This is event
is in collaboration with the Chemical Education Committee of the New York
Section. There were 32 posters presented in this year’s event.
Students from 5 highs schools in the areas attended. Members of the
Section who served as judges included Corinne Gamper, Jeonghee Kang, Theresa
Cea and Mary Maier. Nadia Makar assisted by bringing student
competitors to the event and distributing the ACS New York Section certificates.
Zhaohua Dai, Ph.D., of the Pace University Chemistry Department,
presented the keynote address related to synthesis and application of ligands
for metal ions that can be used as chemical sensors. His address
was entitled “ Sensor Research and Forensic Science”. In his talk
he also shared his experiences in research and encouraged the students
to pursue theirs.
We would like to thank those who worked to make this event
We are grateful to our judges
Mary Maier, Ph.D., Kone Morimou, Ph.D.,
Charanjeet Jassal, M.S., Jeonghee Kang, Ph.D., Duane Singh,
B.S., Theresa Cea, M.S., Ann Pavia, B.A., Corinne Gamper,
M.S., Yen Phuong, M.S., Saima Jalil, Jessica Dangboonrueng,
2. The Twenty-Third Annual NCW Brooklyn
High School Day
The Twenty-Third Annual NCW Brooklyn High School Day was
held at Brooklyn College on October 22nd, involving approximately 150 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-Fifth Annual H. Martin Friedman Lecture
featuring Columbia University Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics &
Microbiology Professor Maxwell E. Gottesman. His address entitled
the The Beautiful Life of a Simple Virus outlined the study of the simple
bacterial virus lamba and how the three major biosynthetic pathways ? transcription,
translation, and DNA Replication ? are linked. Our thanks to the
faculty organizers at Brooklyn College including Dr. Roberto Sanchez-Delgado,
Dr. Terry Dowd, Dr. Laura Juszczak, and Chairperson Dr. James Howell.
Jill Rehmann, Ph.D.
Department of Physical Science
St. Joseph's College
245 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205