NEW YORK SECTION, AMERICAN CHEMICAL
Five ‘free and open to the public’ meetings were held
at the NYU/Poly Graduate Center in Hawthorne , New York.
Each meeting was packed to capacity—25 people.
The audience consisted of professional, industrial chemists, graduate and
undergraduate chemistry professors, graduate students, high school chemistry
teachers, and on two occasion, high school students as well as some common
lay people who wanted to listen to a talk involving the latest chemical
research. These meetings started in March 2009 and ended in December 2009.
In May, 2009, the Westchester subsection held its annual
Distinguished Scientist Award dinner at Pace University, Pleasantville,
New York. There was a spill over crowd of more than 150 attendees.
Dr. Thomas Hintze from the New York Medical College was presented with
the 2009 award. During the dinner he gave a power point presentation of
his work concerning the chemistry of cardiovascular disease. It was
enlightening to the point that audience members asked poignant questions
and Dr. Hintze answered them clearly to the satisfaction of all.
At that same meeting, awards were given to deserving undergraduate
students who excelled in chemistry during the year. Each student was
accompanied by their professor.
For the first time, a high school student was also presented
an award because of her achievement in scoring a high grade on the
Chemistry Olympiad exam.
In April 2009, the Chair, Dr. Sencen, trained 10 students
from a local high school and had them perform science demonstrations and
hands on experiments for more than 2000 people at the Westchester
Kids’ Fair at the White Plains County Center. This event was sponsored
by grants from Entergy, Texaco and the Westchester Chemical Society.
Joan Laredo-Liddell performed experiments at the New York
Hall of Science before large crowds of kids of all ages. She
has been doing this steadily for a number of seasons.
The board met in the summer to plan for future meetings in
2010 and to discuss the budget. The budget request for 2009 was approved
by the New York section. All expenditures were validated and the
need for future funding is necessary in order to continue having a viable