About the New York Section
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Section Officers & Committee Chairs

2018 Committee Officer and Member Roster

2018 Officers

Dr. Joseph M. Serafin
St. John's University
Department of Chemistry
8000 Utopia Avenue
Queens, NY, 11439
Phone: 718-990-5226

Dr. Justyna Widera
Adelphi University
Department of Chemistry
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY, 11530

Brian Gibney
Brooklyn College
Department of Chemistry
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11210

Mr. Frank Romano
Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Daniel Amarante
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Division of Natural Sciences
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, NY, 10471

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St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
Phone 516-883-7510
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Dr. Joseph M. Serafin
2018 NY Section Chair

Chair's Message

Dear Members:

I would like to express my gratitude to the New York Section of the American Chemical Society for electing me as the 2018 Chair. I am deeply honored and humbled to be given a chance to serve in this capacity. On behalf of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society, we would like to say thank you for your 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. I am always amazed at the energy and time our busy members devote to the advancement of scholarly activities and public outreach, and I am constantly reminded of the quote by Elizabeth Andrew that "Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart."

Some of the premier events by the New York Section for 2018 include:

  • January 20th – Sectionwide Conference at Pace University (NYC). There will be a keynote presentation by Dr. Robert Engel, and committees will hold planning sessions for the year. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend.
  • April 13th – William H. Nichols' Distinguished Symposium (White Plains, NY). The 2018 medalist is Dr. Debra R. Rolison, and the theme is “The Future of Energy Science . . .Without Chemists? Unachievable!”

In addition, there will continue to be a wide variety of truly amazing events sponsored by the various Topic Groups, Subsections or Committees such as Chemists Celebrate Earth Day’s walk, Chemagination, High School Teachers' "Demo Derby", Chemical Marketing and Economics' Leadership Awards, or the Inorganic and Organometallic Topical Group's Frontiers of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry’s lecture Symposium to name just a few of the events.

I encourage our members to regularly visit the New York Section website for information about upcoming events, add the New York Section to your Facebook account to receive regular updates as well as multimedia presentations of past events, and continue to read the Indicator for more information about the Section. Please consider attending a meeting of a Topical Group, Subsection, or Committee or at least review their activities in the annual reports to see if you may be interested in what they do or if you can offer a new perspective. We have some new groups, like the Microwave Topical Group and the Younger Chemists Committee, that may not have been around the last time you looked. I would also challenge you to think about ways the New York Section can better serve you. Let us know if you see a need, and, even better, if you are willing to work on addressing that need!

I have two main goals for 2018: First, increasing membership and participation of chemists from industry. Second, I am interested in finding ways to increase the collaboration and coordination between college chemistry groups so that the Section can better provide services such as leadership training to this future generation.

Please feel free to contact me at Serafinj@stjohns.edu with any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions for the Section or if you are looking for service opportunities.

Joseph M. Serafin
2018 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:
  Chem Mktg/Econ
  Chemists Celebrate Earth Week
  History of the NY Section
         Science History Institute
  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
   Annual Reports (PDF)
      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)

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