It is time for the 2012 Election of the Maryland Section Officers who will begin their terms in January 2011. We are pleased to announce that there have been a number of individuals who have expressed interest in a leadership position within the Section. Contrary to last year’s election, this year promises a selection of qualified candidates of varied backgrounds and our members can elect who they would like to lead the Section in 2012. Our officers and councilors perform a vital function to the operation and sustainability of our Section and its activities. Not only are these individuals essential to our members exclusively, but they also organize and execute programs and activities intended for community and educational outreach.
Chair, ACS Maryland Local Section
Summary of Candidates:
Chair Elect James Saunders
Secretary Louise Hellwig
Treasurer Angela Sherman
Councilors (3 positions)
Dana Ferraris Jan Kolakowski
David Roswell Robert Von Tersch
Alternate Councilors (3 positions)
Alvin Kennedy Takashi Tsukamoto
Sandra Young Charles M. Zapf
Members at Large (5 positions)
George Farrant Lisa Fridman
Rose Pesce-Rodriguez Suzanne Procell
Beatrice Salazar Megan Shanholtz
Candidate Bios and Statements
Dr. Saunders research interests are in plant biochemistry of secondary natural products, plant/insect interactions, subcellular localization, drugs of abuse, smoking and tobacco issues, and the chocolate industry; his expertise is in molecular biology with emphasis on DNA fingerprinting, gene transfer and gene expression methodology. He has published 96 career publications, edited 9 books, and made over 270 scientific presentations. He serves on numerous advisory boards for business and academic institutions, and has participated in teaching at more that 10 different university settings and obtained approximately $3,400,000 in career grants and contracts.
He has served in a variety of teaching and mentoring organizations developing enhanced experiences for K-12 and college science activities. These have included participation in more than 500 science fairs, development of teacher recertification courses and workshops both nationally and internationally, directed internship programs to provide over 1000 students with individual research experiences at both high school and college levels, developed curricula for multiple biotechnology programs, and served on advisory boards for more than a dozen academic and scientific organizations. Dr. Saunders received a BA from University of South Florida (1967-1971) and his PhD from Miami University, OH (1971-1975) and did his postdoc in Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at University of California at Davis (1975-1977). He spent 26 years as a Research Chemist with the USDA in Beltsville, MD (1977-2003), seven years as Director of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry & Bioinformatics at Towson University (2004-2011) and is currently Director of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Initiatives at Stevenson University.
I wanted to express my interest in running for Chair Elect and serving as an officer in the local ACS society in upcoming years. One of my goals in my new position at Stevenson University is to promote and engage students and faculty in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) activities and the local chapter of the ACS obviously shares those same interests. The professional networking opportunities from [the local section] meetings have provided and will continue to provide ACS members with the types of interactions that promote STEM goals and increase positive interactions among the scientific community in this region. I have been attending the ACS local meetings for the last several years and I am looking forward to continuing in a more active role.
Louise Hellwig graduated from Swarthmore College and earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After short stints at the College of Wooster in Ohio and at Towson University, she has been teaching chemistry at Morgan State University for 20 years. She mentors Morgan's Chem Club, which won an Outstanding award this year. She is currently liaison between the local section and the Maryland Student ACS chapters, and chairs the Braude Award Committee. She has also spearheaded the Maryland section receiving two nanogrants from the national ACS for special meetings: the Bridging the Gap meeting which integrated our student members into the local section, and the IYC grant which helped us celebrate the International Year of Chemistry at our March 2011 meeting.
I would like to serve as Secretary of the Maryland local ACS section because we have a great section with many worthwhile projects and interesting meetings. I see the Secretary's duties as keeping the section's paperwork organized, representing the section well in any correspondence with outsiders, and providing clear communication with the national ACS. I have already demonstrated the necessary organizational skills as chair of the Braude Award committee, as liaison with the university Chemistry Clubs in the Maryland section, and as mentor for Morgan's Chemistry Club. I already attend most of the monthly and Executive Committee meetings; recording any business and keeping minutes will give me an even more complete picture of our section activities. I would be honored to serve as Secretary for the section in 2012.
Angela R. Sherman is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Dr. Sherman earned her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. from Purdue University. Dr. Sherman is a member of the Control Board for Arkivoc, an on-line journal of organic chemistry. She is also a Technical Editor for the journal. Dr. Sherman has been active in the Maryland Section of the ACS since 1996. Currently, she is the chairperson of the Section's Maryland Chemist of the Year committee and Treasurer for the MARM 2012 that will be held at UMBC in May 2012.
I am interested in serving as the Treasurer of the Section because I enjoy participating in the Section activities. I previously served as Treasurer of the Maryland Section for seven years, until 2007. As Treasurer, it was my responsibility to ensure accurate and timely financial transactions related to activities and events sponsored by the Section.
Councilors (5 candidates running for 3 positions):
Dr. Ferraris received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 1999 and his M.B.A. from Carey Business School in 2009. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Ferraris has held a variety of leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry particularly at Guilford Pharmaceuticals, MGI Pharma, and the Eisai Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Ferraris joined Johns Hopkins University as a Principal Scientist in 2009. He oversees medicinal chemistry activities at the Brain Science Institute’s NeuroTranslational program with a primary mission of translating discoveries in basic science into novel therapeutics. Dr. Ferraris has extensive drug discovery experience in both oncology and CNS disorders. Dr. Ferraris’ research efforts have resulted in two investigational drugs currently in development for the treatment of cancer. Dr. Ferraris also serves as Chair of the Remsen Award committee, one of the most prestigious recognition programs offered by the Maryland Local section.
I have been a member of the ACS for almost 20 years during which time I have seen the gradual decline in jobs and opportunities for chemists, particularly in Maryland. Through my job, I have interacted with many students who are interested in chemistry, but are acutely aware of the decline in chemistry jobs and choose other disciplines because of this. If elected to this position, I would like to be a voice for our local chemists at the national level and get involved in crafting a new vision for the ACS Maryland Local section. In addition, I like to engage young people with chemistry by emphasizing the variety of career paths that a chemist can pursue and in doing so, rejuvenate our local community.
Education: B.S., Chemistry (1975) and M.S., Chemistry (1977), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. Performed graduate research in metal hydroxides under the former Institute of Colloid and Surface Science at Clarkson University.
Professional: Currently a research chemist with the US Army and experienced in the areas of analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, risk assessment and project management. Author/coauthor of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports and over 80 presentations. Retired from the US Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.
ACS Service: Joined ACS in 1977. Currently serving as Chair of the Finance Committee since 1991 and as member of the Maryland Chemist Award Committee since 1999. Served in the Maryland Section as Treasurer (1994-1995), Secretary (1996), Chair-elect (1997) and Section Chair (1998). Also served as Member at Large (2000-2006) and member of the MARM 2001 Organizing Committee (2000-2001). Served as Chairman of the session on Surface Chemistry at the 28th MARM in 1994; conducted a lecture/walk at the Gettysburg National Military Park in May 1995; organized and presented an information booth on Chemistry for National Chemistry Week in November 1995.
When I was recently asked to run for Councilor of the Maryland Section this rekindled my interest in serving. I have a working knowledge of how our section functions, after having served on our Executive Committee for 20 years and in every major position. The main reason I joined the American Chemical Society while in graduate school was for future employment and career advancement. My membership in ACS has helped in pursuing a successful career in chemistry for nearly 34 years. I strongly believe in stable employment at a good salary and intend to support these principles as I represent your Section at the national meetings.
David F. Roswell received both his AB and PhD at the Johns Hopkins University. In 1968 he joined the Department of Chemistry at what was then Loyola College in Maryland. Promoted to full professor in 1973 he spent several years as department Chair during which time he oversaw the construction of the Donnelly Science Center. In 1980 he was named as the founding Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1999 he returned to full time to the Chemistry Department as Hauber Professor of Chemistry.
His research interests are in Organic and Biochemistry as well as Chemilumenescence and he has authored or co-authored 30 publications. In 1986 he was selected as Maryland Chemist of the year.
He has been active in the American Chemical Society both at the local and national level and has served as one of the Maryland Section councilors for many years.
It has been a rewarding experience to have worked with the MD section of the ACS over the years. As Councilor I've been able to represent the Section and many Council meetings and will be glad to do so in the future. I am willing to serve another term if you so wish.
Robert Von Tersch
COL Robert von Tersch earned his B.S. in chemistry from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, under an ROTC scholarship and his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Georgia in 1991.
COL von Tersch's military assignments have included principal investigator at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department, U.S. Naval Academy, teaching general chemistry, biochemistry, and biology; scientific advisor for chemical and biological warfare issues in the Office of Chemical, Biological and Missile Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State (1999-2003); and Deputy Director, Office of Research Plans and Programs, U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (MRMC), Ft. Detrick, Md. In August 2003, he deployed for a four-month tour in Iraq, where he served as manager of the Ministry of Trade Oil-for-Food (OFF) Transition Team and as the Deputy Director of the OFF Coordination Center. He returned to MRMC and was later assigned as Deputy Director/MRMC liaison to Medical Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Health Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. A tour at Bolling Air Force Base as deputy chief and then acting chief for the Office for Counterproliferation, followed; he also returned to Iraq. Prior to his current tour, COL von Tersch was assigned as Chief, Medical Branch, Joint Requirements Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense, J8, Joint Staff. COL von Tersch currently serves as Medical Director for the Chemical and Biological Defense Program in the Office of the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological, in the Pentagon.
COL von Tersch’s involvement with the American Chemical Society has included the Maryland Section Government Relations Committee, January 2003 – present; service as Chairman of the Maryland Section, January 2002 – 2003, Chair-elect, January 2001 – January 2002, and Treasurer, January 1996 – January 2001; and membership in the Divisions of Biological Chemistry, Fluorine Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Computers in Chemistry.
He is married to Ms. Cindy Kronman.
I have been a member of the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society for over 15 years and have served as the Section’s treasurer and chair. I would like to serve the Section further in this senior leadership position, representing the Section’s interest at the national level and providing guidance from the national organization to the Maryland Section. Advancing the awareness of science, particularly chemistry/biochemistry, forward in the public arena as well as in government circles, with an emphasis on how science can be used in government service, is very important to me. I hope the Maryland Section will allow me this opportunity to support and promote the Section and the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Watson is a Research Chemist in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD, where she studies methods to measure the service life of polymeric materials, such as those found in coatings and electrical cables. Dr. Watson’s professional experience prior to joining NIST in 2002 includes employment at Millennium Chemicals, Inc. (Cristal Global), Baltimore, MD. She received a B.A. in Chemistry from The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH and obtained a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry under Dr. David Hercules from the University of Pittsburgh. She also held post-graduate positions at the U.S. Department of Energy at Federal Energy Technology Center in Pittsburgh and with Dr. Julia Fulghum at Kent State University in Kent, OH.
Dr. Watson has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1989 and became involved in the Maryland Section [MARM 2000 exhibits chair; secretary (2001-2004), chair (2006) and councilor (2008 to present) of the Maryland Chapter, MARM 2012 Co-Organizing Chair.]. She is also a member of Sigma Xi.
I would like to continue to serve as Councilor for the Maryland Section to maintain contact with ACS National and represent our Section’s concerns and needs to ACS National staff and committees. As a Maryland Section councilor, I have been a member of the Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC) on the ACS National level for 3 years and have participated on the Grants and Awards subcommittee, passing on grant opportunities that could benefit our Section. I also convey our Section’s concerns in all my interactions on this committee and on the ACS council overall. As co-organizing chair for MARM 2012, our Regional ACS meeting, I have been able to utilize my contacts as member in LSAC to access resources that may have been more difficult to obtain. Additionally, I would also like to continue providing information about the latest ACS National activities/requirements to our Section. For example, I have been actively involved in updating our Section’s ByLaws to hold electronic elections. More recently, I also have tried to make the duties of Section officers more transparent by drafting a duties document, which is located on our website. I am now working on updating our Section ByLaws to streamline our Section committees as an effort to reflect recent times and needs.
Alternate Councilors (4 candidates running for 3 positions):
Dr. Alvin P. Kennedy received his B.A. in Chemistry at Grambling State University and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from University of California at Berkeley. He served as Project Leader at the Dow Chemical Central Research Division and in 1991 he joined the Chemistry Department at North Carolina A&T as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Kennedy is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Morgan State University.
Dr. Kennedy has served as Chair of the ACS Maryland Local Section in 2010 and Vice-Chair in 2009. He is an active member of the national organization of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). He is Chair of the NOBCChE Higher Education Strategic Initiatives, which organized the first HBCU/MI Chemistry Chair's Forum. His long term objective is to strengthen relationships between the ACS and NOBCChE at both the national and local levels. As an alternate councilor he will act as a substitute representative at the ACS National meetings in the absence of a councilor.
Dr. Tsukamoto received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1993 and pursued postdoctoral studies in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Michigan. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry including Guilford Pharmaceuticals, MGI Pharma, and the Eisai Research Institute, where he most recently served as the Director of Medicinal Chemistry. In 2009, Dr. Tsukamoto joined Johns Hopkins University as an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of Chemistry of NeuroTranslational program with the primary mission of translating discoveries in basic science at Johns Hopkins into novel therapeutics.
Dr. Tsukamoto served as a member-at-large (2007-9) and Vice Chair (2010) for the ACS Maryland Local section. He is currently Chair of the section and Editor-in-Chief of Chesapeake Chemist. As an alternate councilor, he will act as a substitute representative at the ACS National meetings in the absence of a councilor. He will also serve as Exposition Chair of the MARM 2012.
A native of Chicago, IL, Sandra Young received her BS in Chemistry from DePaul University in Chicago, IL in June 1990. With a strong interest in materials and applied processes, Sandy pursued and received her PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS in May 1999. She followed her formal education with a 1 ½ year post-doc at the US Army Research Labs (ARL), Weapons & Materials Directorate (WMRD) in Aberdeen, Maryland before getting hired on permanently in December 2000 where she has assumed a number of jobs: Materials Research Engineer in the Polymers Branch, Technical Advisor to the Director of WMRD, ARL Liaison Officer for the Assistant Secretary of the Army’s Office for Research and Technology at the Pentagon, Deputy Branch Chief for the Materials Applications Branch, Materials Research Engineer in the Propulsion Science Branch in ARL-WMRD, and most recently Technical Coordinator for the Lethality Division. She has over 40 published papers and technical reports. Throughout her career, Sandy has taken a personal interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and runs the Gains in the Education of Math & Science program at ARL-APG, teaching and mentoring MS and HS students and encouraging the continuing education of teachers. She mentors a variety of students through the Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) and the College Qualified Leaders (CQL) program. She has a variety of efforts on-going with teacher education outside of school. She is the ARL lead at APG for the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) –http://ndep.us - coordinating hands-on events with students throughout the I95 corridor from Howard County to Cecil County.
As a member of the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society since moving to Maryland in 1999, I have been active in the local section by attending meetings and participating in National Chemistry Week & Earth Day events. I have also held the positions of Member-at-Large (1999-2003), Chair (chair elect – 2004, vice-chair – 2005, chair - 2006), Webmaster (2004-2010), Editor of the Chesapeake Chemist (2006-2010), Hands-On Science Outreach co-coordinator for Earth Day (April) & National Chemistry Week (October) since 1999, and have co-run a program with an ARL coworker called Chemistry-in-the-Library (http://mdchem.org/citl/citl_main.html) in libraries around the state of Maryland. I am dedicated to continuing to support the MD ACS and members through service as an alternative counselor. Having supported the section behind-the-scenes for over a decade, I know that I can continue to look out for the MD ACS members interests at the National level.
Charles M. Zapf
Charles M. Zapf currently is a research scientist for McCormick & Co., Inc. in Hunt Valley MD for 35 years. His experience spans organic, process, and analytical chemistry including earlier employment in other chemical laboratories. He has published and presented his work.
His ACS experience is primarily with the high school program for 25 years including science fairs, HS Chemathon, ACS Chemistry Olympiad as well as many school presentations at all levels. He has served the Maryland Section as treasurer, former chair-elect and in an earlier period as alternate councilor. Other services were provided to MARM, Eastern Analytical Symposium, Society for Near Infrared, and as the local college program advisor and teaches undergraduate chemistry lab.
Member-at-Large ( 6 candidates running for 5 positions):
I graduated from Oberlin College (BA 1962) and from Case Western Reserve University (PhD organic chemistry1968), and held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Cologne in Germany and University of Virginia. I taught Chemistry at Washington & Lee University (1 yr), CCBC Catonsville full time (35 years) and part-time at Towson University (20 yrs). I worked in industry as a research chemist at the Lubrizol Corporation for two years after graduation from Oberlin College. And during a year on a sabbatical leave, with the Multi-Chem Corporation I worked in hazardous waste disposal operations. I retired in 2006 but have been active in the Maryland section for many years. I have been a member of the ACS for 46 years and also have been on the executive committee for the last 10 years.
As a member of the executive committee of the Maryland Section I organize the student awards program given every April by the Maryland section of the ACS. The Student Awards meeting has been very popular with students, faculty and members. Since I am retired I have been devoting more time to the section’s business where I enjoy working with a talented and highly motivated group of chemists.
I have been an educator throughout my professional career. After leaving Purdue with a Masters in Chemical Education, I worked for 12 years at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California. During these 12 years I have taught numerous courses and tried many different techniques with my students such as cooperative learning, guided inquiry, service learning and more. After moving to Baltimore 4 years ago I tried teaching AP Chemistry for a local public high school. I had a lot of success with my high school students but I missed the college level. I am now at Stevenson University as an adjunct faculty member teaching general chemistry. I am also the program coordinator for SoLVE: Solutions for Learning and Vibrant Education. SoLVE engages students through faculty-facilitated sessions that feature; active learning, problem solving, guided inquiry, team building and the integration of STEM disciplines.
I moved to Maryland from Southern California about 4 years ago. I would like to get involved with my local section of the American Chemical Society to meet other local chemists and get involved. I have been an educator for over 15 years. My main interest is working with students and public outreach.
Research chemist at the US Army Research Laboratory (Aberdeen Proving Ground) for ~22 years. Expertise in analytical chemistry of energetic materials. ACS member for ~25 years. Activity in ACS MD Section focuses on educational outreach (National Chemistry Week, Earth Day, Chemistry-in-the-Library, etc).
Mrs. Suzanne Procell is the supervisory chemist for the Chemical Agent Standard Analytical Reference Material (CASARM) Quality Assurance Team at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC). She earned an Associate of Arts degree in Laboratory Science Technology from Harford Community College in 1987, then a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Towson University in 1999. Mrs. Procell is also the founder and coordinator of the Kids & Chemistry local program at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). She formalized the program in 2000 with a handful of volunteers, a simple plan, and a nonexistent budget. More than 10 years later, the program is recognized for its quality hands-on approach to promoting science education at the primary grade level. Today the Kids & Chemistry program at APG is made up of more than 40 volunteer scientists and engineers working at ECBC. They have visited over half of the elementary schools in Harford County, sharing hands-on chemistry experiments with more than 3,000 students in their classrooms.
Beatrice received a B.S. in Mathematics from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Masters in Chemical Education from The University of Pennsylvania. She has 18 years experience teaching chemistry in high school, first in Philadelphia and later on in Baltimore County Public Schools where she has also served as teacher mentor. She has been an ACS member for 10 years. She is currently the coordinator for the local ACS Chemistry Olympics.
Beatrice wants to be part of the educational outreach programs of the ACS local section. She would like to introduce these programs to her own students and to help other high school science teachers do the same. Beatrice has lots of enthusiasm and initiative, she would be happy to assist in the Students Awards Program.
Megan Shanholtz began her academic career at Boston University, where she majored in biomedical engineering. During her time at BU, she was an active member of both the Biomedical Engineering Society, where she also served two years as Class Representative, and the Society of Women Engineers. After two years of engineering coursework and working as an undergraduate researcher in the field of nonlinear dynamics, Megan decided to take some time off to regroup and change focus. Following several years spent working in the medical and web development industries, Megan began taking courses at the Community College of Baltimore County to refresh her academic skills. She is currently receiving an academic scholarship funded by the NSF as a result of her first semester coursework at CCBC, where she has maintained a 3.85 GPA over 26 credits. Outside of class, Megan operates her own web development company and works as a research intern in the chemistry lab at the Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute's Neurotranslational Program. Megan plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the Spring of 2012, where she expects to major in Chemistry. Her future plans include obtaining a PhD in organic synthesis and working in drug discovery or academia.
I am interested in serving in this position in order to gain professional leadership experience and to assist in the current efforts of the local section. I am particularly interested in educational outreach, for both K-12 as well as undergraduate. With my tech background, I also plan to take over updating the website and setting up the Chesapeake Chemist newsletter.