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I.                  TEACHING

A. Taught the following courses in  Spring 1999   CHE112, CHE331, ENS611   3 (administrative), Summer I    CHE111, Fall 1999 CHE111, CHE221, LAW802 3

B.     Describe how your teaching last year exhibited any of the characteristics outlined in Group A, Instructional delivery Skills and Characteristics, on the criteria document.

ENS 611 was the last course, out of half a dozen I had developed for the master’s program in Environmental Science--that I taught in spring 1999. The course had a website where current and previous students’ papers, instructional materials, course synopsis and mission, suitable links to library resources at Pace and elsewhere, and other organizations, etc were posted. A list-serve and easy email access stimulated on going discussion among students and I so as to realize the course objectives. A similar model was offered to LAW802 students at the Law School in the fall, except that access to a science database for 700 periodicals, negotiated to be free of charge, was made available to LL.M. Environmental Law students.

The following set of initiatives further enhanced the learning process in all my courses:

1. The formation of peers study groups for each course was emphasized and maintained;

2. Web based course sites were developed, where students’ comprehensive papers, course materials, and useful links were offered;

3. In the experimental section of the courses, lab experiments were further refined or replaced with new ones when meritorious;

4. Overhead and slide projectors, videos, web based materials, and Power Point presentations were utilized to enhance the teaching experience;

5. When relevant, own scholarly contributions, consulting projects in industry, and real environmental and sustainable development challenges examples were utilized to illustrate the rather intricate scientific concepts;

6. Students’ Course Evaluations were consistently excellent;

7. Adjunct Professor, LL.M. Environmental Law Program, at Pace University continued to provide me with the opportunity to enrich all my courses;

8. Adjunct Professor, Dermatology, New York Medical College provides me with the opportunity to utilize medically related examples in my science courses;

9. Industry consultation such as the one for Ciba-Specialty Chemicals allows me to continue bringing real life examples to my students.


II. RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP  

10. A perpetual Paradigm on Time and Calendar published in Persian Heritage Magazine, Volume 4, No. 16, pp. 30-40 (1999) with a readership of 100,000.  

11. Secrecy in Science, a perspective published in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) Magazine, July 5, 1999; (“C&EN has 300,000 readership”, its Editor-In-Chief believes.)  

12. Future of Local [ACS] Sections, C&EN, 76 (51)  

13. Foreign Born Chemists, and their aspirations and impediment, C&EN, 76 (32)  

14. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Organogermanium Compounds, Nancy S. Khoury,  S.D. Pastor, D.N. Rahni, at 216th ACS National Meeting Anaheim, CA, April 1999;  

15. The Conformation of Medium-Sized Rings: 12H-Dibenzo[D,G][1,3,2] Dioxagermocins, Nancy S. Khoury, S.D. Pastor, D.N. Rahni, 49th ACS Student’s Research Symposium, New York, May 1999.  

16. Gave an invited lecture on Analytical Chemistry and Society, at CUNY Lehman College, Bronx New York, and provided an introduction of MSES program at Pace University;  

17. Gave a series of invited lectures on various aspect of my research and integration of analytical chemistry into an Earth and Environmental System curriculum,  CSU Monterey Bay  (March 25-28, 1999).  

18. A Lecture at CUNY Sophie Davis School of Medical Sciences on Medical instrumentation April 20, 1999  

19. A Lecture on the latest advances in Biosensors for Clinical and Medical monitoring, City College, June 8, 1999. 

20. An integrated approach to sustainable development, 4th IAA Conference on Oil, Energy and the Environment, CUNY City College, September 25 & 26, 1999 (also served as co-planner, panelist);  

21. The role of Biosensors in the Society, Rockland Community College Science Colloquium, November 19, 1999.  


III. SERVICE

22. Served as faculty Advisor, Chemical Society, a Students’ Affiliate of the American Chemical Society;

23. Ran two open Houses for the MSES program

24. Held three program meetings for the MSES;

25. Morris K. Udall Faculty Liaison, Pace University

26. For consultative service on Responsible Care Initiatives led by the Chemical  Manufacturing Association, rendered for CIBA-Specialty Chemicals, Rahni received and contributed $500 to Chemistry Student Scholarship, already established by $8000 surplus form ACS-MARM’97 for which Rahni served as the General Chair;

27. Bimonthly steering meetings for the Nichols Medal Symposium and Banquet;

28. Program Chair for the Nichols Medal Symposium, March 15, 1999

29. Active participation at monthly ACS-NY Board Meetings;

30. Alternate Member of CDFPT (orientational, organizational, and deliberational meetings);

31. Active participant of the Steering Committee of Rene DuBos Annual Conference (five half-day meetings);

32. Participated and led bi-monthly Board meetings of the ACS-NYS;

33. Autobahn Science Examination Jury Member (Lower NYS);

34. ACS NY General Meeting, January 20, 1999 Hofstra University

35. A finalist for the Senior Congressional Fellowship in Washington, DC April 13-16, 1999;

36. Active participation in Dyson Conference of May 5 and University Fall Convocation;

37. Consulted with colleagues at NASA Headquarter on Biosensors (three phone calls, each ~half hour);

38. Attended a UN Sponsored Conference on Dialogue among Civilizations April 20, 1999;

39. Co-planner and participant at “Six Billion and Counting, A Conference on Population, Development and Environment,” Monday October 18, 1999 Manhattanville College.

40. Helped in the promotion of Earth Day on Vernal Equinox through its website, and Earth Trustee initiatives;

41. Active participants in a Conference on Secrecy in Science, cosponsored by MIT and AAAS, March 1999;

42. Served as advisor and actively participated in two NGOs, Iranians for International Cooperation (www.iic.org) and American-Iranian Anti-Discrimination Committee (www.antidiscrimination.org), where dozen projects with tens of thousands endorsers were advanced;

43. Chair-Elect, American Chemical Society’s New York Section, with a 4500-member coverage, and forty topical and subsection groups.

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