Spring 2000 Through Fall 2000
Name David M.A. NabiRahni
Department Chemistry and Physical Sciences Campus
Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, Pace University
Adjunct Professor, Department of Dermatology, New York Medical College,
Valhalla, NY 10595 (Re-appointed through December 2002 by the Dean of School
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B. Cite specifically how your current research enhances your teaching
Utilizing contextually our continued scholarly interests and contributions
in the exciting areas of Asymmetric heterocyclic synthesis and characterization,
biosensors for clinical and environmental monitoring, forensics
and nano-engineering in those courses I teach, illustrates the every
day examples where science plays a crucial role.
C. Cite specifically how your current professional activities enhance
your teaching effectiveness. As an active member of the American
Chemical Society including several of its divisions, I keep abreast
of the latest development in pedagogy and technology as applied
to the instruction in the chemical sciences. As a member of various
science based email groups and on line periodicals, I also bring
relevant topics to classroom.
D. Please comment on any other teaching related matter that you
wish to discuss: May I specifically cite the existence of Student
Course Evaluations as on the Departmental file to serve as an integral
part of such faculty evaluations.
II. RESEARCH & SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS
Continued work on the synthesis, characterization, conformational
and electron transfer investigation of germanium heterocyclics.
This led to several presentations at the local and National ACS
by our student Nancy Khoury who is currently employed at Purdue
Pharmaceuticals in Ardsley.
Editor of Scholarly Periodicals: Serve as North American Editor,
Journal of Iranian Chemical Society (JICS). Also, Member of the
Editorial Board, Iranian International Journal of Science (Professor
Cumrun Vafa of Harvard and A. Mansouri of Purdue
University typify other Board members).
D. Other Publications
Book Reviews: Reviewed a new Analytical Chemistry Textbook published
by Houton Mifflin Company of Boston, MA 02116
Newspaper Articles or Columns:
Environment and Sustainability, page 6, March 27th, Chemical and
Engineering magazine of the ACS.
E. Other Research and Scholarly Activity
Research Grants Reviewed (Specify amount and whether Pace or outside
source): Served as a reviewer, October 14-16 preceded by nearly
a month of heavy reviewing, at the CIES-Fulbright Board Review,
DC for the Scandanavian Countries. Fifty awards totally to over
two millions were selected.
Completed Articles (submitted and currently under review; specify
title of journal and date submitted):
A perpetual paradigm on Time and Calendar, Persian Heritage Magazine,
Winter 2000 (100,000 readership)
III. SERVICE CONTRIBUTIONS
Annual Number of Advisees at the Undergraduate Level: ~five. I
have, however, provided informal advice to many students both in
Dyson College and the Law
School on academic and professional matters.
Advisor To Student Organization: Faculty Advisor (Jan.-Aug.) Students’
Affiliate of the Am. Chem. Soc.
Service To Student Service Areas Such As Placement, Co-op, Admissions,
etc.: Have regularly disseminated potential co-op and permanent
positions among students, fine tuned their resumes, and pitched
their resumes to potential employers.
Have written approximately 30 letters in support of students for
work, medical or graduate schools.
B. Pace University
Committee and Administrative Assignments
Member, Faculty Affairs Committee
Dyson Committees: Faculty Concerns and Budget
and Professional Organizations
Memberships: 2000 Chair, American Chemical Society’s New York
Steered eight Board Meetings including Chairship for the January
22 Section Conference at St. Peter’s College Jersey City, where
our keynote speaker Dr. Mary Kirsshoff AAAS Fellow spoke on Green
Chemistry. Also, steered over forty topical groups, sub-sections,
committees for the ACS. (For Complete Annual report, go to ACS New
York section website)
As the Chair of the ACS NY, active participation in nearly 30 seminar
events in NY Metro; I
Attended the International Law/Human Rights Sloan Lecture by Prof.
Cherif Bassouni at the Law School, Environmental Conference in Long Island,
and as a member attended several lectures at the NYC based Carnegie
Council on Ethics and International Affairs.
Chaired the Nichols Symposium and Banquet on April 7 at Crown Plaza, White
Member, Nichols Jury 1998-2003.
October 19 and 20, Rockefeller University’s Centennial Celebration
and its designation as a National Historical Chemical Landmark.
(co-sponsor and co-host on behalf of the ACS-NY)
Reviewer for Academic or Professional Journal or Conference:
Iranian Journal of Chemistry and chemical Engineering; Iranian Journal
Program Chair or Discussant at Academic or Professional
Conference: B. Iranian expedition of July-August 2000
Lectures on my research and the future status of science and technology
3-dyas (August 1-3)
3-days (July 25-27)
Zamzam Headquarter (August 10-12)
Meeting as Editor, North America, Journal
of Iranian Chemical Society (August 5-6)
Helped organize two symposium on Biosensors for the Pittsburgh
Conference, but could not attend due to lack of response for travel
funds commitment from Pace.
Othmer Award in Chemical Technology of Carl Djerassi at Waldorf
Astoria May 19;
50-year ACS Members Award/Retired Chemists’ luncheon, Chemists
Club of New York May 10;
Undergraduate Research Symposium May 6 Fordham University;
ACS Career Day NYU April 29;
Dyson Award Students Ceremony May 17.
Honors, Awards, Appointments, Degrees or Professional Certification
received: A. SCHOLARLY AWARD RECIPIENT February 2-11, 2000
1st prize recipient, Algorithm (Al-Khawrizmi) Scientific International
Award Tehran, Iran
UNDP UNESCO, Third
World Academy of Science. Other award recipients
were form Russia,
China, Denmark, Hungary,
Sweden among several others
Gave five talks, was interviewed by nearly 30 media, and appeared
in almost all including TV and radio and science periodicals.
I. Public Service
Advisory activities with business, government, labor, or other
institutions or individuals; remunerated or non-remunerated:
Elected for a three-year term, Federated Conservationists of
Westchester County (FCWC), an overarching umbrella of over 50 organizations
and several hundred individual members.
Relevant service to community and civic organizations:
Met with Public Administration colleague F. Hormozi and the Westchester
County Executives and Officials. Followed up with Dr. Syed of the
county Health Department to assist him and his staff in identifying
projects and securing funds.
Worked on a community-based project to assess the impact of the
use of pesticides on the Watersheds in the Lower Hudson basin, led
by Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension and led by Dr. Mary Cooper.
In order to promote the legitimate aspiration of nearly one million
Americans of Persian heritage, to preserve their cultural identity
while facilitating their assimilation into the US fabric, to ensure
tangible recognition for their contributions to society, and to
defend their constitutional and civil rights, Rahni has provided
sustained level of leadership in setting up several non-for-profit
501 ©(3) organizations that follow herein. Such efforts have co-yielded
in a membership drive of tens of thousands, fund raising and pledges
in excess of one million dollars, half a dozen petitions to the
US government on community based policy issues with a cumulative
signatures of over ten thousands, and Rahni’s monthly contributions
in the form of an article available on one the web sites below.
In such capacities, I have co-written several nationwide petitions
with over ten thousand signatures submitted to the administration.
Our PWC Organization for which I serve as the Chair has intervened
on Academic freedom and faculty discrimination cases, as well as
the same against a Fortune 50 Corporation. Lastly, my regular monthly
writing s on the plight of Americans of Persian heritage have been
published with extensive readership
Co-founder, and elected as the first President of the Persian Watch Center: Iranian-American Antidiscrimination
Advisory Board Member and Co-founder at:
World Political Action Committee (http://www.worldpac.org)
Iranians for International Cooperation (http://www.iic.org)
Persian Heritage Foundation (http://www.iran-heritage.org)
Nahal Scholarship in Chemistry
Senior Counsel and C-founder, Persian American Chemists’ Association
of the ACS
Contributor to Persian Heritage Magazine (http://www.persian-heriatge.com)
Assists in editing and promotion of Iranica Encyclopeadia (http://www.iranica.com), a Columbia University based project that has
thus far published 10 of the 28 volumes of the set.
Also, assisting in gala and fund raising for Iranica Encyclopaedia.
Provided science and mathematics tutorials to needy Ossining students.
Other Service Activities (Such as radio or television appearances,
newspaper interviews, speaking and attendance at off-campus meetings
and conferences, etc.): Was interviewed by nearly 30 media (Papers,
magazines, TV and Radio) in Iran
during the February 2-11 period of receiving the Algorithm Award.