|Hiroko Karan, Ph.D.||
Dr. Hiroko I. Karan is receiving Dean’s Distinguished Service Award 2011 from Mrs. Pollard, the wife of Dr. William L. Pollard, President, CUNY-Medgar Evers College. From L to R is Dr. Pollard, Dr. Karan, Mrs. Pollard, School of Science Dean, Dr. Mohsin Patwary , PECS Department Chair, Dr. Kwesi Amoa and Provost and senior Vice President Dr. Howard C. Johnson.
Dr. Hiroko Karan is a Professor of Chemistry and the recipient of the 2011 Dean’s Distinguished Service Award in the School of Science, Health and Technology for her contributions to the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics, the Department of Physical, Environmental and Computer Sciences and the School of Science Health and Technology.
Dr. Karan graduated with honor from Hoshi University, Tokyo Japan, obtained her M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Wilkes University, PA. and her Ph.D. in Organic Photochemistry from Brown University. After postdoctoral positions at Fels Research Institute at Temple University Medical School and the Biophysics Laboratory at New York University, she joined t as tenure track faculty member of chemistry at Medgar Evers College, the City University of New York in 1980. Dr. Karan has taught many chemistry courses over the past twenty years from basic to advanced courses including, basic, general and organic chemistry courses.
From 1992 – 2004, she served as Chairperson of the Department of Physical and Computer Sciences, Assistant Dean and Dean of the School of Science, Health and Technology and from 2004 to 2007, served as Executive Director of Office of the Research and Sponsored Programs. During her tenure as Dean of the School, she guided and assisted the departments in conjunction with the College Office of Academic Affairs for the development of the B.S. in Environmental Science, the B.S. in Computer Science and the B.S. in Mathematical Science degree Programs. The institution of the B.S. degree in Environmental Science was particularly significant for the School and the College as it was the first in almost twenty years since the College instituted the B.S. in Biology degree program.
Dr. Karan has engaged in research on the molecular level of photochemical reaction of the eye pigment rhodopsin, enzyme glucose biosensors containing polymeric electron transfer systems and has published, presented and lectured extensively in the area. Her current research interest is in the development of oxygen reduction catalysts for fuel cells and recently published in the Physical Chemistry Letters and presented a paper at the electrochemical Society Semiannual Meeting in Montreal. She has collaborated with researchers in Brookhaven National Laboratory, Polytechnic University in Brooklyn and others. A recipient of NIH research grants, she has served as a consultant for National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a proposal reviewer for many years. An educator, she has been an advocate for women and minorities in science and has mentored many students through research programs during her tenure at Medgar Evers College, many of whom have pursued careers in Science, Medicine and other Health Related Professions and actively serve the community. Also through her Extramural Associates Research Development grant by NICHD, NIH, she mentored many faculty members in the School of Science, Health and Technology and assisted their research capabilities development.
In 1996 she co-founded the Medgar Evers College Annual Environmental Issues Conference to commemorate the newly established B.S. in Environmental Science degree program which was the first in CUNY. The conference celebrated its 16th year on March 12, 2011. She also helped to hold the first departmental symposium on “Green Energy” on March 11, 2011, prelude to the Conference in conjunction to celebrating International Year of Chemistry designated by the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Karan is an active member of many professional organizations. She has served as a board member, officer and elected councilor and recently elected as the 2010 Chair-elect of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society that serves over 4100 members in the New York areas. She also serves as a Chair of the Governing Board of the Asian American and Asian Research Institute at CUNY. She was recognized for her outstanding services by the New York Section of American Chemical Society, as an outstanding women scientist by the Association for Women in Science, New York Metropolitan Chapter, as a Brooklyn Women of Essence for her contribution in Science Education by the Consolidated Edison. She continues to mentor students and newer and younger colleagues in the Department and the School of Science, Heath and Technology.