Brian Gibney Named NY Outreach Volunteer of the Year by American Chemical Society

Head shot photo of Graduate Center professor Brian GibneyProfessor Brian Gibney (GC/Brooklyn, Chemistry), the executive officer of The Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Chemistry, was named the 2019 Outreach Volunteer of the Year by the New York Section of the American Chemical Society.
 
“Brian Gibney has been a key asset to New York Section Outreach for a decade,” the American Chemical Society said in its announcement about the award. “He pioneered the Section’s outreach using social media, monthly chair’s emails, and livestreaming seminars in the New York Section.”
 
The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society, with more 157,000 members. The New York Local Section is its fifth largest section and hosts more than 100 annual events, including the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chemists Celebrate Earth Week, and National Chemistry Week.
 
Last year, Gibney co-organized the “Reaching Students with Disabilities” symposium at The Graduate Center, which drew more than 50 people in attendance and an additional 200 viewers online, for talks on topics such as service dogs in chemistry labs. The symposium handouts, slides, and speaker videos can be viewed online.
 
Scientists have designated 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table in celebration of its 150th anniversary. “As a chemist, when I look at the periodic table, I see the diversity of the universe that it represents—each element distinct from all others, and all serving their unique roles,” Gibney says. “Likewise, each student is distinct and has unique talents to contribute to the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields that drive economic development. My outreach seeks to inspire all students so that future STEM graduation stages reflect the diversity of New York City, because their unique contributions are needed to improve our standard of living.”
 
Gibney also co-founded the annual Brooklyn Frontiers in Science Public lecture and serves on the national organization’s Committee on Science. His research focuses on the intersection of inorganic and biological chemistry, and examines how nature uses protein ligands to modulate the chemical properties of metals. 
 

Submitted on: MAR 7, 2019

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