Name: Robert Zand
Present Position: Professor of Biochemistry, Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and Research Scientist (Biophysics)
Organization: University of Michigan
Address: 930 North University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1055
Chapter Affiliation: University of Michigan
Candidate's Statement: I believe that many of the needs of the Research and Doctoral Universities are different than the needs of the other constituencies. Until now these differences in programs and operations have not been adequately addressed. In in order to maintain vigorous and active chapters the individualized requirements must be taken into account. The requirements for viability of all constituent groups of Sigma Xi units need to be assessed and addressed if we are to continue to be a viable organization serving the needs of the membership. To date the decline in membership has been a major concern of the organization but little has emerged as a solution to the problem. Since the R &D Universities provide the largest pool of potential members we need to determine what it will take for this pool to accept and retain membership in Sigma Xi. What programs at the local level and the national level are meaningful to these potential members? How can headquarters assist in the development of these programs? I would work towards the development of those programs that will help to strengthen the Chapters at R & D institutions and make those programs meaningful to the membership. Sigma Xi needs to represent its membership in meaningful ways if it is to fulfill its mission.
Sigma Xi and Other Activities: I have served as a Regional Director, and as a Director at Large. I have also served on the Committee on Regions, The Board of Directors, The Executive Committee, The Search Committee for the Executive Director, The Committee on Awards, and The Committee on Membership and Qualifications.
Biographical Information: Dr. Zand earned a B.S. degree with majors in chemistry and physics, an M.S. at the Polytechnic University of New York, and after service in the army returned to graduate school and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Brandeis University. He received an N.I.H. postdoctoral fellowship for studies in the Biochemistry Department at Harvard Medical School and after two years joined the newly formed Biophysics Research Division, directed by his postdoctoral mentor, at the University of Michigan. His current appointments at the University of Michigan are: Professor of Biochemistry in the Medical School, Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, and Research Scientist in the Biophysics Research Division. He was elected to Sigma Xi by the Harvard-Radcliffe Chapter and since his arrival at the University of Michigan has held positions in the Michigan Chapter of Sigma Xi as a Council member, Chapter Secretary, Vice President and President. He has been active at the Societal level for the past 20 years with appointments on the Committee on Nominations, Committee on Membership, Committee on Qualifications, Committee on Awards, and the Committee on Programs. He was elected to serve two terms as North Central Regional Director, and two terms as Directcor-at-Large and in those capacities served on the Board of Directors and also served a term on the Executive Committee. In 2001-02 he served as a member of the Search Committee for the Society's new Executive Director.
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