April 2014 - Crano Program

(posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014)

Dr. Sunil SaxenaOur April General meeting is the Crano Memorial Lecture. The program will be held on Wednesday, April 23 and will be co-hosted with the Kent State University Student Chapter. Dr. Sunil Saxena of the University of Pittsburgh will be our speaker, giving an afternoon lecture at the University of Akron as well as the evening program at Kent State University.

The lecture and program are free and open to the public. Dinner reservations are required and are due by Wednesday, April 16 - please contact Walter Salamant ( to make reservations.

Afternoon Lecture at The University of Akron, 111 Mary Gladwin Hall
2:30 pm - "Measurement of Protein Structure and Dynamics by pulsed ESR dipolar measurements."

Evening Program at Kent State University, Student Ballroom
5:45 pm - Networking / Student Poster Session
6:30 pm - Dinner ($25 for professionals & guests, $8 for students)
7:15 pm - Tribute to Dr. Henry (Hank) Stevens
7:30 pm - Progam - "Protein-DNA Specificity determinants by pulsed ESR spectroscopy"

Biography - Sunil Saxena
Sunil Saxena received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University with Jack H. Freed. At Cornell he developed two dimensional ESR and multiple quantum ESR methods. These methods are particularly useful to measure dynamics and structure of macromolecules. He was Postdoctoral Scholar with Julia Kornfield at Caltech where he used SS NMR to measure dynamics in polymer blends. In 1999 he joined the group of Alex Pines at Berkeley. At Berkeley he gained expertise in optical pumping and SQUID detected ultra-low field MRI methodology. He started his independent career at University of Pittsburgh in 2001, where he rose through the ranks and is currently a Professor of Chemistry. At Pitt, his research interests focus on the development of Electron Spin Resonance spectroscopy and its applications to biophysics, including protein-DNA interactions and metals in biology. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the Bellet Teaching Excellence Award at Pitt.

More information on Dr. Saxena can be found on his University of Pittsburgh faculty page & his group's website.

Tribute to Henry (Hank) Stevens
Seventy-year Akron Section member Henry C. “Hank” Stevens passed away at the age of 95 on Saturday, January 18, several days after a fall on his way to church.  Hank’s 43-year career at PPG began in 1942.  A prominent scientist and R&D manager himself, he drew great joy from sharing his knowledge with others.  He began teaching part-time at the University of Akron in 1954 and taught there again after retirement from PPG right up through 2013.  He was on the schedule to teach at UA again this semester.  

Hank has served the Akron Section in many ways.  A member of the Akron Section ACS since 1944, he was Section Chair in 1985.  Twice, he has been awarded the Section’s Glenn H. Brown Distinguished Service Award.  For many years now, Hank ably chaired the Akron Section Award Committee, and he coordinated the John C. Crano Memorial Lecture since its inception.  Before his fall, Hank had already arranged for Sunil K. Saxena of the University of Pittsburg to be the 2014 Crano lecturer.  Hank was a current member of the Akron Symphony Chorus and loved bird-watching and gardening.  He is survived by his son James, his daughter Kathy, three grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

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