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Robert Zand
Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency Director
Professor of Biochemistry Emeritus-active status, Professor of Biophysics Emeritus-active status, Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry and Engineering Emeritus-active status
University of Michigan

Dr. Zand earned a B.S. degree with majors in chemistry and physics
at the University of Missouri, and an M.S. degree in Polymer Chemistry at the Polytechnic University of New York. After service in the army he returned to graduate school and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Brandeis University. Upon graduation he received an NIH postdoctoral fellowship for studies in the Biochemistry Department at Harvard University Medical School with Professor J.L. Oncley. After two years he joined the newly formed Biophysics unit headed by Professor Oncley. He was elected to the Harvard Chapter of Sigma Xi and then transferred his memberhip to the University of Michigan Chapter in 1965.

National Level Involvement
1977-1980 Nominations Committee of the North Central Region of Sigma Xi
1981-1984 Elected North Central Regional Director, Sigma Xi
1984- 1987 Elected to a second term as the North Central Regional Director
1981-1988 Appointed to Committee on Regions
1984-1987 Appointed to Committee on Qualifications
1987-1988 Appointed to Membership Committee
1988 Award of Recognition Plaque By North Central Region
1996 Participated in the installation of numerous Chapters such as:
Ford Motor Co, General Motors, Ball State University, Youngstown State, Carthage College, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, and others.
1996-1999 Elected Director at Large
1999-2002 Elected to a second term as Director at Large
1999-2002 Appointed to Awards Committee
1999-2002 Appointed to Program Committee
1999 Committee for selection of a new headquarters
2001-2002 Sigma Xi search committee for National Director
2000 Primary mover in getting the Sigma Xi Board of Directors to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair Committee
2000 Met with State and Federal legislators to discuss the importance of federal research support. Met with Sandor Levin, John Dingell, other Congressmen and Senators.
2003 Judge of student posters each year since its inception at the
National Meeting
2005 Elected Associate Director of Research and Doctoral Universities Consortium
2004 Became Director of Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency
2004 Proposed that the Board pass the Dr. Evan Ferguson Award honoring Sigma Xi members whose contributions to the Society exemplifies and honored the work of Dr. Ferguson.
2008 Elected Associate Director of Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency
2011 Elected Director of R & D Constituency

LOCAL CHAPTER ACTIVITIES
1977-1980 Nominations Committee North Central Region
1977-open Council member of U of Michigan Chapter
1978-1979 Vice President of U of Michigan Chapter
1979-1980 President of U of Michigan Chapter
1980 Secretary of U of Michigan Chapter
1981-1984 Published a listing of available speakers for the North Central Region
1981 Published a North Central Region newsletter
1988 Awarded a North Central Region recognition plaque
1996-1998 Elected President of the University of Michigan Chapter
1999 Committee for the selection of a new Sigma Xi headquarters
2000-present Judge at Southeastern Michigan Science Fairs
2000 U of Michigan Chapter judge at Intel Science Fair Detroit
2000 Published a guide book for chapter presidents in the NC region
2000 Assembled and submitted the material for the U of Michigan Chapter of Excellence Award
2003-2005 President of U of Michigan Chapter
2004-2005 Prepared materials for IRB approval for post-doc survey and submitted it to Headquarters for post-doc survey
2013 Elected vice president of the U of M chapter of Sigma Xi

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