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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.