Pace to Host American Chemical Society Meeting with Drug Discovery Theme

The 31st American Chemical Society Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM‘97), hosted jointly by the ACS New York Section and Pace University, will be held May 27-30, on the Pace University campus in Pleasantville, NY. The general conference theme is “Drug Discovery.”

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PLEASANTVILLE, NY — The 31st American Chemical Society Middle
Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM‘97), hosted jointly by the ACS New
York Section and Pace University, will be held May 27-30, on the
Pace University campus in Pleasantville, NY. The general conference
theme is “Drug Discovery.”

Ronald Breslow, the past ACS president, Joan Shields, the ACS board
chair, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Pace University professor of
environmental law, and Allen J. Main of Novartis are the plenary and
keynote speakers.

The event, being held for the first time in Westchester County, is
expected to draw as many as 1,500 scientists and students from
around the country and abroad for a series of 300 presentations,
exhibits, symposia and events. More than 250 technical papers will be
delivered and plenary symposia have been planned on various topics,
including new approaches in drug discovery, chiral separation and
technology, internationalization of chemistry and biotechnology,
science education and societal responsibility and sustainable
development. The ACS is the world’s largest scientific society with a
membership of 150,000 professionals with an annual gross budget in
excess of $300 million.

Dr. David Rahni, professor of analytical chemistry and director of
the Pace graduate program in environmental science, was selected by
the ACS to be the general chair of MARM ‘97.

According to the MARM ‘97 Student Project Director Anthony Stapon, a
Pace chemistry student, there will be an added component to the
meeting called the Student Affiliates Program which will consist of
various educational and social activities. More than 500 students
and 200 colleges and universities in the middle Atlantic region have
been invited to participate. On tap for the affiliate program are
presentations, discussions and workshops on: Internet resources
available to students, research projects, graduate school selection
and application, employment opportunities in the chemical industry,
interviewing and resume writing plus an excursion to the New York
City Sony IMAX Theater and a tour of the Pace Environmental Center
facilities.

Pace Chemistry Professor Receives Distinguished Scientist Award

David N. Rahni, professor of analytical chemistry and director of the graduate program in environmental science at Pace University, has been selected to receive the 1996 Distinguished Scientist Award of the Westchester Chemical Society.

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PLEASANTVILLE, NY — David N. Rahni, professor of analytical chemistry and director of the graduate program in environmental science at Pace University, has been selected to receive the 1996 Distinguished Scientist Award of the Westchester Chemical Society.

The Westchester Chemical Society represents more than 850 chemists and is the charter section of the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Rahni was chosen for the award in recognition of his scholarly contributions to the fields of immobilized enzyme electroanalytical biosensors, nano-engineering, clinical and environmental science, and his promotion of sustainable development.

Dr. Rahni also holds adjunct professorships in the department of dermatology at the New York Medical College and in the LL.M. environmental law program at Pace University School of Law.

The American Chemical Society has named Dr. Rahni as general chair for its 31st Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, to be held on the University’s Pleasantville campus in May. The event is expected to draw as many as 1,500 scientists for a series of presentations, exhibits and symposia.

In 1993-94, he was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Technical University of Denmark and a visiting professor at the University of Oxford in England. Dr. Rahni was awarded a visiting professorship to Denmark by the Royal Danish Research Academy in the summer of 1994. He has held visiting scientific positions with IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center and Ciba Additives Research Division and has lectured at the Universities of Rome, Florence and Mexico. He has also been a visiting United Nations Scholar in the Third World, presenting lectures and assisting in curriculum development.

He completed his B.Sc. in chemistry at the National University of Iran, his M.S. in chemistry at Eastern New Mexico University, and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of New Orleans in 1985.

Dr. Rahni and his wife, Fay, live in Ossining, NY. They have three children.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing.