Please read the Bio for David McCamant here.
Elana is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS). Currently in her fourth year as a tenure-track faculty member, she been establishing her research lab while getting involved in her community beyond the classroom by serving as secretary to the Zetas of New York (HWS’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter). Elana holds a BA with ACS certification in Chemistry from The College of Wooster and a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from Arizona State University.
Elana is a member of the national YCC and WCC as well as the ENVR ACS Division. Also, she serves on the executive committee for NERM 2020 helping to organize the Younger Chemists Committee Events. Since January 2019, she has served as the chair for the Rochester section ACS YCC (January 2019-present). In college, she served as her undergraduate Chemistry Club treasurer and is currently co-advisor to the HWS ACS Student Chemistry Club.
I am an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rochester, where I have led an ultrafast laser spectroscopy research group since 2006. Before I obtained my PhD, I worked in several R&D and Quality Control laboratories and so I have some experience in both industry and academic environments. I am currently the Program Chair for the academic technical program at NERM 2020 and chair of the Harrison Howe Award committee. I would like to continue as a Member-at-Large in the Rochester section to maintain and improve coordination between NERM 2020, the local section and the University of Rochester’s chemistry department. By enhancing communication between the local section and the U of R faculty and students, we will be able to build a stronger section that represents the full breadth of local chemists. I look forward to working with the local section for NERM 2020, in outreach events and through research symposia for undergraduates.
I am excited to run for Member-At-Large for the Rochester local section of the ACS. A relatively recent transplant from the mid-West, I have been looking for ways to get more involved and am excited about the chance to do this while sharing my love of chemistry. Since beginning to participate in local section activities, I think we are at an exciting crossroad. I think we must think about creative ways moving forward to continue to engage our current members by offering resources and opportunities to connect. This can include continuing to bring forth a Younger Chemists Committee (YCC), Women Chemists Committee (WCC), and a Senior Chemists Committee (SCC). Being located in the Rochester area, we are surrounded by lots of industry and academia. As an entity, I believe the local section has a responsibility to help build this community but also, just as crucially, offer chances to engage new individuals. Personally, by helping to build the YCC for the Rochester local section, I think we can engage chemists through new activities such as learning how to network or social events across the Rochester area, working to bridge the Rochester community and chemists.