Western Carolinas Local Section


Announcing the candidates for 2015 Western Carolinas Local Section Elections

Posted by George on October 14, 2015 at 8:50 PM

Check your email for the electronic ballot.

Candidate for Chair-Elect.  Melanie Heying (Brevard College)

Melanie is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Brevard College, and a member of the ACS for 7 years. After a post-doc working with photochromic ruthenium compounds, she discovered she missed teaching, which had been a significant part of her graduate career. After spending a year as a Visiting Professor at Kansas State and another as a Temporary Lecturer at CalPoly SLO, she arrived at Brevard College, where she has been helping to implement curriculum changes and increase enrollment and interest in chemistry classes. She had the opportunity in the summer of 2013 to participate in a 3-week kayaking trip down the Suwannee River where the students monitored water chemistry and watched the change from swamp to spring water to salt water. She is also the advisor to Alpha Chi and Omicron Delta Kappa, two honor societies, and a supervising teacher for student teaching.


Melanie would like to become more involved in the local section of the ACS, and hopes to expand the presence of chemistry on the Brevard College campus. If elected, she would like to continue the work of her predecessors, encouraging student involvement in the chapter, and increasing the opportunities for local teachers of all grades to learn more about chemistry.

Candidate for Chair-Elect.  Oksana Love (UNC Asheville)

Originally from Lviv, Ukraine, Oksana Love graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Asheville. She continued her studies at Georgetown University where she received M.S and Ph.D degrees in Chemistry. After graduation, Oksana was a recipient of the National Research Council (NRC) Fellowship award that allowed her to continue post-doctoral studies at the Department of Defense (DoD) Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC. Currently, she is a faculty member at her alma mater, the UNC - Asheville Chemistry Department. Oksana has been ACS member since 2004, and is very excited about the opportunity to give back to this organization. If elected, she hopes to increase student involvement in the Western Carolinas Section. She believes that by encouraging participation in ACS lectures, networking events, and community service activities, students can develop meaningful and better-rounded backgrounds that prepare them for future careers.

Candidate for Treasurer.  Julia Brumaghim (Clemson University)

Julia Brumaghim has been a bioinorganic chemist at Clemson University for twelve years, where she was promoted to Professor of Chemistry and continues her research on antioxidant prevention of metal-mediated DNA damage. She has been a member of the Western Carolinas local section for the past ten years. Prof. Brumaghim has served as treasurer for the Western Carolinas section since 2006, as well as serving as the financial chair for the 2007 Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Greenville, SC. She is also a member of the long range planning committee for the section, and was chair of the committee to establish a long-range financial plan in 2010-2011. Because she seems to have a knack for keeping the accounts balanced and paying the bills on time, she is running for a fourth term as section treasurer.

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