Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award

Organizers
Singh Manocha, The Pittsburgh Conference

Titles
02:00 PM   Introductory Remarks -
02:05 PM   Presentation
02:10 PM   Vibrational Optical Activity: A Mature New Field of Vibrational Spectroscopy
02:45 PM   UV Raman Studies of Protein and Peptide Structure and Folding Studies
03:20 PM   Ultrafast Vibrational Energy Relaxation and Fluctuation Dynamics in Water, Salt Solutions and Model Lipid Systems
03:55 PM   Structure and Morphology in Triaxial Electrospun Fibers
04:30 PM   Automatic Baseline Subtraction of Bipolar Spectra Using Minima Identification and Discrimination via Adaptive Least-Squares Thresholding


Overview
Laurence A. Nafie will receive the 2013 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, presented by the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP). The SSP Award was established in 1957, honoring an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the field of spectroscopy. Dr. Nafie is a prominent spectroscopist and professor known for his work in vibrational optical activity, as well as his distinguished leadership in the scientific community.

Laurence A. Nafie received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1973 and was then a postdoctoral associate at the University of Southern California, where he confirmed the discovery of infrared vibrational circular dichroism (VCD). In 1975 he joined the Chemistry faculty at Syracuse University and pursued a research program in VCD and Raman optical activity (ROA) until his retirement in 2010. He has over 290 publications and several patents. Currently he is Emeritus Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. In 2011 he published a comprehensive book on VOA entitled Vibrational Optical Activity: Principles and Applications.