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Section Officers & Committee Chairs

2019 Committee Officer and Member Roster


Dr. Ruben Savizky
Cooper Union
Department of Chemistry
30 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003


Dr. Rita Upmacis
Pace University
Department of Chemistry & Physical Sciences
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038


Mr. Frank Romano
Agilent Technologies, Inc.


Dr. Daniel Amarante
Stony Brook University
Department of Chemistry
100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794

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Dr. Ruben M. Savizky
2020 NY Section Chair

Chair's Message

Hello New York and North Jersey Sections!

First and foremost I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the members of New York section of the American Chemical Society for electing me as the 2020 Chair. I am genuinely honored and humbled to be provided with this opportunity to serve in this capacity. I view this as an opportunity to share my passion and love for chemistry with others, particularly undergraduate students.

On behalf of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society, I would like to thank all of the volunteers for their service! As a volunteer organization, we are only as strong as our volunteers make us, and only as successful as we allow our volunteers to be. Because of our many dedicated, enthusi¬astic and tireless members, the New York section routinely provides outreach services to promote the professional development of our members, to increase scientific literacy among the community and to develop the next generation of chemical professionals.

Some of the premier events by the New York section for 2020 include:
• January 18, 2020 – Sectionwide Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center. There will be a keynote presentation by Dr. Mary Virginia Orna entitled “The Lost Elements: The Periodic Table’s Shadow Side” – this is particularly relevant as 2019 was proclaimed the International Year of the Periodic Table! The NY section will also hold planning sessions for the year. All are welcome and those interested in vol¬unteering are encouraged to attend.
• March 27, 2020 – William H. Nichols Distinguised Symposium and Medal Award Dinner (White Plains, NY). The 2020 medalist is Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski from Carnegie Mellon University, and the theme is ““Nanostructured Polymers by Macromolecular Engineering using ATRP (Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization)”

In addition, there will continue to be a wide variety of fantastic events sponsored by the various Topical Groups, Subsections and Committees such as National Chemistry Week events at the New York Hall of Science, Chemists Celebrate Earth Day walk, Chemagination, High School Teachers’ “Demo Derby” or the Inorganic and Organometallic Topical Groups Frontiers of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry’s lecture symposium to name just a few of the events.

I encourage our members to stay in touch with the New York chapter of ACS in various ways, such as:
• Regularly visiting our website,
• Adding the New York section to your Facebook account to receive updates and multimedia presen¬tations of past events
• Continuing to read The Indicator (of course!)
• Attending a meeting of a Topical Group, Subsection, or Committee, or at least reviewing their activities in our annual reports to see if you may be interested in what they do or if you can offer a new per¬spective. There are some relatively new topical groups, such as Microwaves in Chemistry and Computers in Chemistry, as well as revived subsections that may not have been active the last time you checked!
I would also encourage you to think about some ways that the New York section can better serve you. Let us know if you see a need, or even better, if you are willing to work on addressing that need!

When I was the President of our Younger Chemists Committee I was very happy and proud that I was able to organize a mixer with the North Jersey section – we won’t talk about how many years ago that was… One of my main priorities as Chair now is to further foster a sense of collaboration with our neigh¬boring sections. To that end, I look forward to participating in the “Synthesis on Scale: Process Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry” Symposium ( synthesis-on-scale-symposium-january-15-2020/) that is being organized by the Princeton section, with support from the North Jersey, Philadelphia and New York sections – as well as our national ACS organization. Please click on the link to learn more about this event, which will take place on January 15, 2020 – an excellent way to kick off the year!
Once again, I would like to thank the New York chapter of ACS for this opportunity, and I look forward to continuing my activities within this wonderful and vibrant section.
Please feel free to contact me at with any thoughts, ideas or suggestions for the Section or if you are looking for service opportunities.
Ruben M. Savizky, 2020 Chair of the New York Section

NY Section Strategic Plan

To be a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences among those interested in the Chemical Sciences in ways that promote individual and professional excellence in the Chemical Community

1. New York Section will increase membership and participation of chemical scientists working in industry.
2. New York Section will expand collaborative activities with local chapters of other professional societies in the New York region to enhance the interdisciplinary boundaries of chemistry.
3. New York Section will develop and utilize advanced technology to enhance professional activities and services for our members.
4. New York Section will foster activities and programs to improve the public's recognition and appreciation of the contributions of chemistry.
5. New York Section will promote the development of programs and services to improve the scientific literacy and interest of students.
6. New York Section will facilitate the career development of professionals in the Chemical Sciences.
7. New York Section will encourage participation and leadership by women and underrepresented minorities.

The New York Section of the American Chemical Society will be the premier membership organization for chemists, chemical engineers, and allied professionals in the New York metropolitan area and a leader in advancing the public's scientific literacy and appreciation of chemistry.

Topical Groups & Committees:
  Chemists Celebrate Earth Week
  Computers in Chemistry
  History of the NY Section
         Science History Institute
  International Year of the Periodic Table
  Let's Do Chemistry
  National Chemistry Week
  Student Activities
  H. S. Teachers
  US National Chemistry Olympiad
  Younger Chemists

  Long Island
         Env Chem
         HS Awards
  Staten Island

New York Section
   Job Manual
   Annual Reports (PDF)
      2018 Summary
      2017 Summary (3.1 MB)
          (w/attachments, 175 MB)
      2016 Summary (4.7 MB)
      2015 Summary (6.8 MB)
      2014 Summary (3.3 MB)
      2013 Summary (3.5 MB)
      2012 Summary (31.1 MB)
      2011 Summary (59.5 MB)
      2010 Summary (14.4 MB)
      2009 (HTML)
      2008 (HTML)
      2007 (HTML)
    Event Reporting Form (MS.docx)
    Expense Form (MS.docx)
    Expense Form (PDF)
    Conflict of Interest Form (MS.docx)

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