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2016 Officers

Kevin Kolack
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY, 11364
Phone: 718-281-5037

Dominic Hull
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY, 11364

Paul J. Sideris
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY, 11364
Phone: 718-281-5615

Terry Brack
Hofstra University
Department of Chemistry
Hempstead, NY, 11549-0151
Phone: 516-463-5539

Philip Mark
Nassau Community College
Department of Chemistry
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY, 11530

Marlon Moreno
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY, 11364

Ralph Stephani
St.John's University
Department of Chemistry
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY, 11439-0001
Phone: 718-990-5215

Daniel Resch
Nassau Community College
Department of Chemistry
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY, 11530

Terrence M. Black
Nassau Community College
Department of Chemistry
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY, 11530
Phone: 516-463-6277

Sujun Wei
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY, 11364
Phone: 718-631-6939

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Department of Chemistry
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
Phone 516-883-7510
Fax 516-883-4003

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Our monthly seminars cover a broad range of topics and are open to all.
Students are encouraged to attend.

Queensborough Community College
Science Building, Room S-112
Social: 5:30 pm Seminar: 6:00 PM
Cost: Seminar is free and open to all
Dinner: Following at a nearby restaurant ($25)

Video from September 2015 seminar Chocolate: Food of the Gods

2016 Meetings

February 4, 2016

Robert Engel, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Queen's College
City Univeristy of New York

Antimicrobial Surfaces

February 25, 2016

Board of Directors Meeting

March 3, 2016

Prof. Stephen Fearnley, Department of Chemistry, York College

Heterocyclic Methodology for Natural Products Synthesis

As a synthetic organic chemist, my research program involves the ongoing development of new synthetic methodology for the construction of biologically active natural products. Specifically, this encompasses: 1. Investigation and use of oxazolone as a useful heterocyclic scaffold for alkaloid synthesis: This has primarily involved studies of intramolecular Diels-Alder reactions with oxazolone as the dienophilic species. Extrapolation to other cycloadditions is planned. Application in the synthesis of several alkaloid targets is currently underway. 2. Novel organosilane chemistry for approaches to bioactive ether targets: We have developed a rapid synthesis of cis-fused bicyclic ether arrays in which oxoniums undergo nucleophilic attack by vinylsilanes in a novel intramolecular annulation process. The related silyl-activated Friedel-Krafts process proceeds through an unusual combination of electronic and steric effects. A series of silicon-mediated cycloadditions are also under investigation. A wide variety of ether natural product motifs are thus accessible.

March 31, 2016

Board of Directors Meeting

April 7, 2016

Dr. Gene Hall, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University

From Archimedes Palimpsest to Water Analysis: My 37 Years of Instrumental Analytical Chemistry at Rutgers

My presentation will focus on my 37 years of analytical chemistry in the Chemistry Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. I will share with you some of the exciting research projects that I have been involved with based upon the use of several analytical instruments (Raman, GC-FID/MS, TOF- MS/MS, EDXRF, FT-IR, HPLC, and TLC-FID) in my toolbox. In addition, teaching has been an exciting way to pass on my knowledge to up-and-coming students wishing to pursue a career in analytical chemistry.
My research has three areas of focus that include environmental, biological, and forensic. In environmental analysis, I will share with you my experience with ICP-MS for tap water analysis to determine sources of Pb by measuring its stable isotopes. Furthermore, using ICP-MS in biological applications, we report on blood lead analysis from a gunshot victim in which Pb-based bullet fractions remain lodged in the subject's body. By measuring the stable Pb isotope ratios in sequential blood samples and comparing these ratios with the lead-based bullet, interesting kinetics of Pb exchange can be determined. Recently, we have been using shotgun lipidomics to analyze designer omega-3 fatty acid dietary supplements used to provide the bioactive molecule DHA to Alzheimer's patients.
Forensic science has also been an exciting venture in our laboratory. In this regard, I will share you our micro EDXRF method to recover text, non-destructively of course, for the first time on pages from the Archimedes Palimpsest. Keeping with the theme of micro analytical chemistry, results using Raman microscopy, micro ATR-FTIR, and micro EDXRF, will be presented. Specific examples, non-destructively, of analyzing postage stamps, jewelry (counterfeit Rolex watches), counterfeit US and British banknotes, Coach handbags, mouse embryos, and krill will be presented. Use of chemometrics with digital spectral libraries and database mining software assisted in rapid characterization of unknown artifacts.
Analytical chemistry with an extensive tool-box of state-of-the-art instrumentation is fun and exciting. Therefore, in this presentation, sharing our specific applications described above will be fun and enjoyable.

April 15, 2016

Chemistry Challenge

The Long Island subsection of the NY-ACS invites you to participate in the 16th Annual Chemistry Challenge, to be held at CUNY Queensborough Community College. The Chemistry Challenge is a fun, fast-paced Jeopardy-style competition between Chemistry students of local colleges. Timed, multiple choice questions (~75% General and 25% Organic Chemistry) will be asked during the competition. Students will discuss the questions with their team members and select a final answer using electronic clickers. Medals and prizes will be awarded to the top student teams. The atmosphere is exciting and brings both students and mentors together!

The deadline for company sponsorship and team submission with names of the participants is April 8th. There should be a maximum of three teams per school, and please indicate whether each student is a 2-year (freshman or sophomore) or 4-year (junior or senior) student. Late registration will be accepted only if there is space available.

To register a student team or obtain more information, please contact Paul Sideris.

View photographs from prior Chemistry Challenge events here.

Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016
Times: Dinner 5:00 pm
Chemistry Challenge 6:00 pm
Place: CUNY Queensborough Community College, Science Building, S-111

April 28, 2016

Board of Directors Meeting

May 4, 2016

High School Awards

Keynote Seminar entitled
The Science of Human Aging: Why, How and What Can be Done?
presented by
Warren Rosenberg, PhD, Provost The College of Westchester

Aging, senescence and death are attributes shared by all aerobic organisms and have variously been attributed in the research literature to multiple causes ranging from genetic programming through environmentally-induced challenges. This presentation will begin with an overview of the aging process, what characterizes it, how it progresses, and how it varies among different species. We'll then explore the various theories of how and why the aging process occurs and will conclude with a review of the latest contemporary research on how the aging process might be manipulated to slow the degenerative changes and increase human life expectancy if not lifespan.

Topical Groups & Committees:
  Chem Mktg/Econ
  Chemists Celebrate Earth Day
  History of the NY Section
         Chemical Heritage Foundation
  National Chemistry Week
  Student Activities
  H. S. Teachers
  US National Chemistry Olympiad
  Younger Chemists

  Long Island
         Env Chem
         HS Awards
  Staten Island

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