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02-10-2017

Clarkson University Professor Receives Grant to Lecture in Romania

Clarkson University Professor and Egon Matijevic Chair of Chemistry Silvana Andreescu received a grant from the Romanian National Science Foundation (The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation, UEFISCDI) to visit and develop collaborative research and educational programs with faculty and researchers at the University of Bucharest, Romania, this winter.

Silvana AndreescuWith 19 colleges and more than 32,000 students enrolled in 40 undergraduate fields of study with more than 100 majors and 180 postgraduate programs, the University of Bucharest is one of the most prestigious and the second oldest -- established in 1864 -- university in the country.

During her visit, Andreescu delivered a series of lectures focusing on nanotechnology and nano-based sensing systems to students in the master's and Ph.D. program in chemistry and materials science in the College of Chemistry. She also connected with researchers at the university and three national institutes to discuss research opportunities and initiate joint projects.

Professor Camelia Bala, the director of the chemistry graduate program at the Faculty of Chemistry and a sensor expert, hosted the visit.

"The visit was a great opportunity for me to reconnect with faculty and students at the University of Bucharest, my alma mater," Andreescu said. "Historically, Romanian universities are known for providing rigorous high-quality training in chemical disciplines. The highlights of my visit were the interactions with very bright students, young researchers, former colleagues and professors."

Andreescu hopes to strengthen ties with Romanian universities and develop joint research programs and mutually beneficial collaborations for faculty and students.

Andreescu received a joint Ph.D. in chemistry, specializing in biosensors, from the University of Perpignan, France, and analytical chemistry from the University of Bucharest, Romania in 2002, and has been a member of the Clarkson faculty since 2005. Between 2003 and 2005, she was an NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellow at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her research interests are in analytical and bioanalytical chemistry focusing on investigations of basic biochemical mechanisms at bio-interfaces, bio-nanotechnology, and development of practical biosensors for clinical and environmental monitoring.

She is the recipient of a French Government Graduate Fellowship, an NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellowship, the NSF-CAREER award, the John W. Graham Faculty Research Award, the Research Excellence Award and a member of the Million Dollar Club at Clarkson University, which recognizes individuals whose cumulative external research funding has reached or exceeded that amount.  She has received numerous competitive grants from the NSF, the National Institute of Health and several New York State agencies.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Professor and Egon Matijevic Chair of Chemistry Silvana Andreescu, left, received a grant from the Romanian National Science Foundation (The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation, UEFISCDI) to visit and develop collaborative research and educational programs with faculty and researchers at the University of Bucharest, Romania, this winter.

[Photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/sandreescu-romania.jpg ]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Kelly Chezum, VP for External Relations, at 315-268-4483 or kchezum@clarkson.edu.]

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