AS&S Staff

  • Shri. Hemanta S. Rana, M.A., B.Sc. Fulbright-Hays Scholar

      AS&S Staff, Project Director, Nepal Wing
      Ph.D. (Candidate), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A.,
      M.A. (History), Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal Principal (Retd.),
      Nepal Police Higher Secondary Boarding School, Kathmandu, Nepal

      Sri Hemanta Rana is an extremely well known and recognized educator with decades of teaching and administrative experience, and having trained Kings, Heads of State, Prime ministers and students from all walks of life – now, with an intense following all over the globe.

       

      Sri Rana has been ameritorious, and distinguished scholar all throughout his life.He started his university education as a Tribhuvan Merit Scholar at the Patan College of the Tribhuvan University in Nepal, for which he received his B.A. Thereafter he completed his M.A. in History, with distinction, standing first at the Tribhuvan University as well. He was a merit scholar all through his university education. Thereafter, on a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship, awarded by the United States Education Foundation he pursued his Doctoral studies at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in the U.S.A.

       

      Sri Rana’s career history spans decades of meritorious, distinguished and illustrious teaching and administrative experience – which are legendary in Nepal.In December of 2011, Sri Rana concluded his formal career after retirement as the Principal of the famous and elite Nepal Police Higher Secondary Boarding School near Kathmandu where he served since 1999. Prior to that he served as the Principal at yet another acclaimed institution – the Birendra Sainik Awasiya Mahavidyalaya at Bhatkapur near Katmandu. For a period of five years he served a distinguished service at the Royal Nepal Army. He has been the Director of the National Development Service of the Tribhuvan University for three years from 1983. From 1968 for twenty-five years he served as Professor of History at the Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu in Nepal.

       

      Sri Rana is a man of several Professional Awards and Special Recognitions. He is the recipient of the coveted ‘Birendra-Aishworya Sewa Padak’ in 2002. Among his many other accolades include – the Vikhyat Trishaakti Patta, Suprabat Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, and the Rashtriya Shikshya Diwas Puruskar.

       

      Sri Rana has been a tutor and personal teacher to his Royal Highness Late Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah. As a member of the National Delegation led by his Majesty Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah, he travelled to the 9th Non-Aligned Nations’ Summit in Belgrade. He served as the General Secretary of the Nepal University Teachers Association; and the Executive Secretary of the Youth Festival Sports Organizing Committee, and the Godavari Alumni Association. He served as the President of the Patan College Students’ Union. Sri Rana is and has been a member of several organizations and committees – Tribhuvan University Council, Bagmati Zone Education Committee, Lalitpur District Education Committee, Managing Committee of the St. Xavier’s Campus, National Sports Council of Nepal, National Squad to the First Asian Badminton Tournament in Lucknow and the First Nehru Memorial Badminton Tournament in New Delhi. He also served as the Leader of the Nepalese Delegation to the Organizing Committee of the ‘First Afro-Asian Friendship Table Tennis Tournament led by His Royal Highness.

       

      The ‘Association of Science & Society’ and ‘Harlem Children Society’ is honored to have Sri Rana on board, where he is implementing STEM programs as the Director in Nepal. Sri Rana with his immense, rich & vast experience, good nature &his Statesmanship is a Significant Asset to both the ‘Association of Science & Society’ and ‘Harlem Children Society’.

  • Dr. Swapan Kumar Bhaduri, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.

      AS&S Advisory Staff, Project Director,West Bengal Wing
      Ph.D. (Science), Calcutta University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
      M.Sc. (Chemistry), Calcutta University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
      B.Sc. (Hons. Chemistry), Calcutta University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
      Principal Scientist & Head (Retd.),
      Quality Evaluation & Improvement Division, National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre
      Technology,Indian Council of Agricultural Research

      Dr. Swapan Kumar Bhaduri is ahighly accomplished and well-known scientist. He served as a Principal Scientist &Head in the Quality Evaluation & Improvement Division, at the National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, in Kolkata. Following retirement after an exemplary career at the institute, he has joined AS&S to render his honed services and implement his keen instincts.

      He has tremendous experience in research & development work for 37 years in different projects sponsored by the Institute (ICAR) and external funding organizations viz. Jute Technology Mission, NABARD, NAIP and AP Cess Fund on natural fibres, their extraction, utilization, value addition, as well as on implementation of technologies for sustainable rural livelihood empowerment in backward districts of West Bengal.

      His skills include: Planning, implementation, co-ordination, and monitoring of research projects in the areas of extraction, quality evaluation, improvement, diversification and value addition of jute and allied natural fibres, development of bio-adhesives, jute based fire retardant fabrics, and others. He specializes in Implementation of rural livelihood improvement and income generation Programmes by developing training modules and capacity building of the poor specially women on sustainable and innovative technologies under the National Agriculture Innovation Project of Govt. of India.

      His Major Areas of Interest include – Extraction and physico-chemical characterization of natural ligno-cellulosic fibres, their modification and value addition for diversified products, analysis and value addition to agro and industrial residues of fibre yielding plants through chemical and biotechnological intervention, development of bio-composites, cellulose derivatives, carbohydrate and lignin based natural adhesives.

      Dr. Bhaduri’s Professional Achievements is as varied as are his interests, including: Development of water-saving and eco-friendly ribbon retting technology for extraction of good quality jute and mesta fibres (for which he has Two Patents); Development of an eco-friendly ramie degumming technology for textile applications of ramie fibre (for which he has one Patent); Development of bio-adhesives from degraded ramie polysaccharides and lignin from pulp effluent; Fire retardant jute based fabric for industrial applications; Capacity development of farmer women self help groups and implementation of low cost technologies viz. hand spun jute yarn, jute based fabric weaving in handloom, production of jute handicrafts, shopping bags, fancy bags, doormats, jute models, etc. as well as developing market linkages for additional income generation and livelihood improvement of the farmers families in the northern backward districts of West Bengal.

      Dr. Bhaduri received his Ph.D. in ‘Science’ from Calcutta University on the thesis entitled “Structural investigation of cell-wall polysaccharides of pineapple leaf fibre”. He received his M.Sc. in Chemistry and B.Sc. (Honors) in Chemistry – both from Calcutta University. He is well published and has authored several books and articles – Research Publications in national and foreign journals (55); Presentation in National/International Seminars/Workshops (46); Technical Books/Book Chapters (12); and three Patents. He is a member of several Learned Societies: Fellow of Institution of Chemists (India) – F.I.C; Life Member of Indian Science Congress Association; Life Member of Indian Fibre Society; Life Member of the Association of Carbohydrate Chemists and Technologists of India. He is a recipient of several Awards and Distinctions, including: National Science Day Award for notable contributions by the Science Association of Bengal in 2011; Examiner of PH.D Thesis of different universities; Delivered Prof. T Ghosh Birth Anniversary Memorial Lecture organized by Indian Mycological Society at Calcutta University in 2011.

      Association of Science & Society is indeed lucky and delighted to have Dr. Bhaduri amongst us upon his retirement since June 2012.

  • Dr. Purnendu Bikas Saha, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.,

      Soil Research & Development,
      Soil Scientist & Agro-Technologist,
      AS&S Advisor,

      Ph.D. (Agricultural Chemistry & Soil Science), Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyala, Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal, India
      M.Sc. (Agricultural Chemistry & Soil Science), Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyala, Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal, India
      B.Sc. (Agricultural Hons.), Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyala, Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal, India
      Senior Scientist-cum-Associate Professor, Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi, Jharkhand.

      Dr. Purnendu Saha is an accomplished agricultural scientist specializing in Soil Research and Development. A highly trained Soil Scientist with 22years of rich experience in Research, Extension and Development of Soil Science to enhance Crop production, he also has Steered latest agro-technologies in farmer’s field and rendered necessary technical advice and inputs to farmers to achieve maximum productivity and income generation.

       

      His current specialization at the Birsa Agricultural University in Ranchi includes: Steering entire operations including research, extension and development of system to enhance crop production and nutrient use efficiency; Developing management techniques for problem soils in respect of acidity as well as secondary and micronutrient deficiencies; Formulating Integrated NutrientManagement (INM) for major crops of the region; developed primary research agenda for Balanced Fertilization with special emphasis on Acid Soil Management; Educating farmers in using their land more effectively and suggesting methods to increase yields; providing regular advisory services on soil and crop related problems and their solutions, among others.

       

      Dr. Saha had the opportunity to work under the guidance of Prof. S.K. Sanyal, eminent Soil Scientist and presently Vice- Chancellor of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya (BCKV). While doing his PhD work (on Non-isothermal transport processes), he had a dream to build up hisprofessional career through application of Thermodynamics in several bio-chemical aspects of life to have an insight into the events of which the answers are still unknown. He feels greatly inspired by the Title Quotation as well as mission of the Association of Science & Society.

       

      Dr. Saha submitted his thesis titled: “Non-isothermal Transport Processes – Effects in Soil Systems and Aqueous Solutions of Hydrophobic Solutes” under the guidance of Vice- Chancellor of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya (BCKV) for his Ph.D. in Agricultural Chemistry & Soil Science. He secured his M.Sc. in Agricultural Chemistry & Soil Science, and B.Sc. in Agriculture Honours, with high first class and Honours, both from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya (BCKV).

       

      He has been successfully been guiding several projects funded and supported by Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) – Developing Sustainable Farming System Models for Prioritized Micro Watersheds in Rainfed Areas of Jharkhand under NAIP; Soil Characterization and Resource Management of Acid Soil Regions for Increasing Productivity; Utera Project (RRPS- 34) under NATP; and Balanced Fertilization correcting Sulphur Deficiency in Acid Soils of Bihar Plateau.

       

      Dr. Saha has successfully generated various technologies – Lime application alone brought yield increment of 3 to 4 q ha-1 in crops such as Maize, Pigeon Pea, Groundnut and Pea (Garden Pea) as well as favoured higher crop uptake of P, Ca and Mg.; Sulphur is an additional input in the INM component and farmers were benefited from its application through SSP especially in Rainfed uplands with low organic matter content; and Application of FYM and bio fertilizers in conjunction with mineral nitrogenous and phosphatic fertilizers increased fertilizer use efficiency of the crops such as Maize, Wheat and Potato.

       

      As an effective administrator, Dr. Saha has guided several operations at different levels: At the ZRS level, he has acted as: Member of Agro-Met Advisory Service, In-charge of Farm Superintendent, In-charge of Tissue Culture Lab at ZRS (BAU), Dumka, and as Associate Director, all at ZRS (BAU), Dumka. At the State and District level, he has lead the District Technology Team; and as a State Resource Person for NATP, ATMA (Agricultural Technology Management Agency).

       

      Having authored more than a dozen peer reviewed articles and books, and a multitude of other publications and seminars in national and international conferences and workshops, Dr. Saha is a member of several professional organizations, including – The Indian Society of Soil Science (life member), The Indian Society of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (life member), and The Indian Potato Association.

       

      Association of Science & Society welcomes Dr. Saha in its family implementing change.

  • Dr. Rani Roy, Ph.D., B.S.

      AS&S & HCS Volunteer, Science Writer
      Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering), Dept of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, New York, U.S.A.
      B.A. (Biomedical Engineering), The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.
      Postdoctoral Fellow (Mineralized Tissue Research), Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, U.S.A.
      Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Development, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.

  • Annette Scalise, L.M.S.W., B.A.

      Program Coordinator & Development
      New York State Licensed Master Social Worker (L.M.S.W.)
      Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), Fordham University
      Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Journalism, St. John’s University

      As a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker, Ms. Scalise brings to Harlem Children Society and Association of Science & Society, her experience and passion, for serving the underserved. She is a strong believer in the link between education, and the development of multicultural communities.

       

      As a social worker, she has seen too many young people fall through the cracks, falling prey to the streets. What resonate for her, is Harlem Children Society’s ability to reach underserved communities, offering opportunities and resources that many young people from low income backgrounds could only dream of.

       

      In addition to her years of direct client care, Ms. Scalise has also developed a wide range of programs and services benefitting low-income populations through her grant writing, fundraising, and outreach initiatives. Throughout New York City, Ms. Scalise’s development initiatives have contributed widely to programs in such multicultural communities as Jamaica, Queens.

       

      Ms. Scalise is proud to call the melting pot of Queens, her home and volunteers for many causes throughout the borough. She is a volunteer mentor for Hour Children of Long Island City. She is also a member of two Kiwanis Clubs: the Kiwanis Club of Forest Hills and the Kiwanis Club of Middle Village, of which she is a Charter Member. A coeducational service club founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

       

      Her passion for identifying ineptitude in communities’ stems back to the early part of her career, as an award-winning journalist for daily newspapers in New York City and Pennsylvania. For her published work benefitting communities, Ms. Scalise is a two-time recipient of the Keystone Press Award (1999 and 2000) of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. Founded in 1925, PNA represents the newspaper industry in governmental affairs and provides public educational services.

       

      Ms. Scalise’s love of learning and education stems from her upbringing by two educators from the New York City Department of Education. In her spare time, Ms. Scalise, who is of Italian descent, is an avid reader. She enjoys travel, spending time with family, and the “sweet science,” of boxing, both through her training in the sport, and as an avid fan.

       

  • Ms. Tabitha Julien, Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Student, B.S.,

      Assistant Program Coordinator Intern,
      HCS Class of 2005,
      Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Epidemiology Student, SUNY Albany School of Public Health,
      Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Biology, CUNY Brooklyn College,
      MARC Scholar

      My father always said, “Calm seas never made great sailors.” Sailing across an ocean of books, pelted by a tsunami of exams, and bombarded with whirlwinds of study and practice, the journey was all but calm. The experience gained, the knowledge acquired, the deep-rooted love for health research, and the passion to gain a deeper knowledge of how the body responds to social and environmental stressors, propels my love for the field of research. Whoever said research in science is just tedious and monotonous, never spent time analyzing data where the most fascinating mysteries of how our bodies’ respond to the environment and the chemicals we place in it. Anything from a creating simple agarose gel to constructing a gene analysis of Burkett lymphoma cells, working with mentally disabled consumers to implementing new policies that will benefit their growth as an individual — all have potential to lead the way to making ground-breaking discoveries that can change the course of research and the impact it will have on our lives.

       

      I can recall the day that my science teacher at Freeport High School introduced me to the Harlem Childrens’ Society Program. Just a 10th grader given the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center intrigued me more than anything in all of my high school career. As I boarded the LIRR a few weeks later for an interview with Dr. Sat Bhattacharya, the 45-minute drive to 34th street Penn Station seemed as almost as to foreshadow the long journey I would embark on to pursue my career goals. As I entered the office along with 4 of my peers, we were welcomed by Dr. Bhattacharya’s staff and were instructed to fill out paperwork. Feeling anxious and nervous for the upcoming interview with such a prominent cancer research scientist, I was one of the first students to finish the paperwork. As soon as I reached to retrieve my cell phone to call my mother for a sense of ease, my name was called for the interview.

       

      To my surprise as I entered the office I was welcomed to a face that seemed to be just as excited and anxious, if not more, than me. I was relieved to know that I not only was meeting a famous scientist that was so passionate his work, but was also passionate about giving back to society to create such a prestigious program that would eventually allow me to jumpstart my research career. As the interview progressed, Dr. Bhattacharya accepted me into the program and gave me advice on how to successfully seize opportunities like the one given to help further my career.

       

      The year was 2005 and for that summer I was placed at Columbia University under Dr. Sanil Manavalan. I recall first walking into Dr. Sanil Manavalan lab and seeing all of the research equipment there that had the possibility of revealing things that could change the world in important ways. Dr. Sanil Manavalan’ lab focused on celiac disease, assessing what treatments would be most beneficial to celiac disease patients. One of the techniques that I used was the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, ELISA. We used the ELISA test to determine the level of anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies in the blood after certain celiac disease treatments were administered to patients. As I worked in the lab that summer, I realized that the work I was doing in the lab could have a direct effect on the future treatments these patients would receive. I developed an interest in doing research and found out that not only was it interesting but personally rewarding as well. From this lab I realized how much I enjoyed patient-oriented research and decided that in the future, whatever my research field was, it would be patient- oriented with a hands-on approach.

       

      One of the most influential features of the program were the meetings that were held every Monday with the entire HCS students and staff. These meetings would be held at Memorial Sloan Kettering and every week students would present their work as well as presenters from the community. Not only were these presenters from the biomedical science community, but also they were from various fields, which allowed the students to be well rounded. These meetings also allowed the students to network with each other and discuss the different projects that we were working on. In 2006 I decided to reapply to the program and was accepted again. Unlike the year before, this year I was placed at NYU.

       

      Because of my research history at the Harlem Childrens’ Society, I was accepted into the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program. I began to work in a faculty lab on campus. Prof. Saxenas’ research centered on nucleolin, a phosphoprotein, and understanding its role in the p14ARF/p53 tumor suppressor network. Learning the procedures and protocols proved difficult at times but I persevered. Following that experience, in the summer of 2010 I was accepted into the SPURS program at Columbia University. I vividly recall doing my first DNA extraction from Burkett lymphoma cells, at Columbia University in Dr. Dalla-Favera’s lab where I worked in the summer of 2010. It was a thrill to realize that this small amount of matter determined who we are and the genes encoded determined whether or not we would be prone to certain diseases. Dr. Dalla-Favera’s lab is focused on Burkitt-Lymphoma, a cancer that is common in small children. That summer I learned many new techniques including cloning and reporter assays that I know will be extremely useful for my future as a researcher.

       

      Follow my year of graduation from CUNY Brooklyn College with a major in Biology and a minor in Women’s Studies, I decided to shift the direction of the research I wanted to do. I knew I loved more hands-on research in which I am able to implement change in the community on a whole. Taking a step back and reviewing the range of my research experience and what I was interested in, it became apparent to me that that the field of cancer epidemiology is a good compromise that still involves me with addressed the risks, causes, and remediation of cancers, not on the level of individual cells but on a population level. I applied to SUNY Albany Master of Public Health Program with a concentration in Epidemiology and was accepted. Through my coursework and assignments in the Public Health Program, my desire for population based research heighted.

       

      As I searched for internships that were Epidemiology based, I was hesitant at first to contact Dr. Sat because my previous work with him was basic science based. Nevertheless I contacted him and was received with welcome arms. He informed me that through the Harlem Children Society and the Association of Science & Society, I would be working on several projects that would not only further the education and quality of life, but also help the overall quality of life by providing assistance to their way of life. The populations in the United State and India that we are focusing on, are underserved and under privileged, and therefore many of the children are not able to attend school because they are working to help support the family. In order to allow the children to receive the education they need, the family needs to be financially stable. Dr. Sat and the Harlem Children Society (HCS) and the Association of Science & Society(AS & S) hope to implement an intervention where they can relieve some of the financial burden that these families face by adding an additional source of revenue. As well as these services, we hope to research the different health concerns that this population has and be able to coordinate the best preventative care possible.

       

  • Ms. Paramita Chakrabarti, M.S.W., D.S.W., P.G.D. (Environment Mgnt.), B.Sc

      MS.W., Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India
      D.S.W., (Diploma course in social work and community services), NCE Bengal, Jadavpur University
      Post Graduate Diploma (Environmental Management), Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management
      Diploma in Software Technology, ET&T Computer Centre,Kolkata
      B.Sc. (BioScience), Calcutta University

      I was born in Kolkata and had my schooling at the Brahmo Balika Shikshalaya. Our School slogan in the prayer was ”Sradhya Tapasa Saboya”. This slogan touched my heart and I fully devoted myself to work for the underprivileged and underdeveloped society. Thereafter, I completed my B.Sc. in Biosciences at Calcutta University. This followed by gaining my strengths at gaining a ‘Diploma in Software Technology’ from the ‘ET&T Computer Center’ in Kolkata.

       

      Upon completion of my 3-Year Post Graduate Diploma In Environment Management at Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), Kolkata, I joined Ranbaxy Rextar, a Franchise unit of Ranbaxy – a pharmaceutical company. After that I entered into the development sector, and gradually I was attracted to acquire expertise in the field.

       

      Socio Economic Studies and Services (SSES), an NGO based in Kolkatawas my first NGO where I was involved in collecting raw data from the field,and realized the appalling socio- economic conditions prevailing in West Bengal, particularly in the rural areas. Thereafter, I joined an International NGO, Parivar Seva Sanstha,where I worked asan Associate Counselor motivating women to understand and get abreasted with various Family Planning issues and Programmes. During this period, I came to know how women are unaware of family planning and maternal needs and issues. During this period, I decided, to get a Diploma course in social work and community services (DSW) from NCE Bengal at Jadavpur University. This followed by garnering my strengths at by a Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) in Kolkata.

       

      The next career took me to serving an international NGO, SOS Children’s Villages of India,in the service of Orphans and destitute children. In the SOS Village, the main objective was to provide them with foster parent (usually they were women and mothers) and care, along with the long-term family based care as well.Marriages were organized, where the Village Director of SOS acted as a father in handing over his so-called daughter/s to prospective grooms. One who witnessed such marriage ceremonies would never forget such touching scenes in their lives. One realized, how a mother is important inone’s life for the destitute and needy children.SOS Village took care of its institutions.I was involved in collecting funds from PSUs unit like SAIL, ONGC, Corporate Houses, Small & Medium Scale business houses, individual donors etc.I was also involved in eventsorganized with school children, corporations, and as per projects concerned, including celebrities.

       

      Upon leaving the SOS Village, I joineda fair trade organization, SASHA who were engaged in supporting and developing their artisans, including organizingvarious exhibitions in software companies – where I actively participated in such activities. I arranged tie-ups with two companies for the benefits of artisans health as well as eye check up. Subsequent to that, I joined another NGO, ‘Subhadra Memorial Trust’, whose work focused on working with Cancer, creating awareness amongst the general people and their early detection of the disease.

       

      One day, Dr. Bhaduri visited our Trust (Subhadra Memorial Trust) when Mr. S.K Basu our Managing Trustee introduced me to him.Dr Bhaduri apprised me the activities of AS&S and also advised me to go through the AS&S website, if I was interested.After visiting the AS&S site,I was deeply interested to work for AS&S, as I felt that my experience with NGOs in the past would definitely suit me. I expressed my desire to Dr.Bhaduri, and he recommended me to get in touch with the Founder and Chairman of AS&S, Dr. Bhattacharya.He contacted me over phone and interviewed me from New York City in U.S.A. He advised me during his conversation to visit the Salt Lake office of AS&S to get myself acquainted with the activities of AS&S. Accordingly, I visited the Salt Lake office and met the AS&S staff, who briefed me theprospect of working with AS&S, if at all I am selected to join the organization. I was interviewed again and finally Dr. Bhattacharya selected me to join the esteemed organization, for which I am indeed happy and thankful.

       

      My life has taken some wonderful turns and I am fortunate to have come across many people who have inspired me throughout my life. My parents have always inspired and played a central role, all throughout my life – I am indeed very proud of this. During my childhood days, I used to play Table Tennis and Billiards. My mother guided and inspired me a lot. Since she is no more alive, I shall strive and face the future, come what it may in life with her blessings.

       

      I hope and sincerely pray that with my competence, credibility, mental strength, I am confident that my zeal and drive and will would definitely be beneficiary to AS&S.

  • Ms. Ruma Sen, M.A., B.Ed., B.A.

      AS&S Staff, Staff Writer& Research Assistant
      M.A. (English; Renaissance & Jacobean Drama), Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
      B.Ed. (English & History), St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
      B.A. (English Hon.), Lady Brabourne College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
      Certificat de Langue Française (Alliance Française de Calcutta)
      Diplôme de Langue Française (Alliance Française de Calcutta), Avec Mention Bien

      Born into a family composed entirely of scientists, engineers and mathematicians, my decision later on in life to opt to study literature was misconstrued by many as some random nonconformist bid. It wasn’t. Looking back, I realise I had always been fascinated by the immense power that language seemed to wield, the magic that lay latent in both the written and the spoken word – a magic which could create, transform or destroy – which could plant seeds of thoughts that would silently bide their time to break forth suddenly one day in a riot of ideas – which could fashion entire universes out of nothingness and reduce them to nothingness in a breath.

      My childhood days were spent in a number of places in West Bengal and outside because of the transferable nature of the job that my father had. Finally, we all came home to roost in Kolkata and I completed my education in the city. From La Martiniere School for Girls, I went on to eventually pursue post-graduate studies in English Literature at Jadavpur University. A teaching degree from St Xavier’s College equipped me professionally to enter the world of school education.
      Then, one hot summer day in the month of June, 1996, I heard the mountains calling out to me over the din of traffic. I left the city behind to teach in a residential school in Mussoorie, a tiny hill-station located in the Garhwal Himalayan ranges. The days sped by in trekking and hiking in the forests around, discussing Shakespeare and Wordsworth by mountain springs and rhododendron bushes and returning from late night play practices under brilliantly lit winter skies. Fifteen years melted away before I realised it. The chance to be with children and interact with them so closely and on so many different levels was richly fulfilling. There were tales of courage and optimism that taught me lessons and stories that made me even more sensitive to the unique responsibility that the teaching community has towards these young minds with which they are so implicitly entrusted.

      I returned to Kolkata in January 2010 and continued teaching children how to fall in love with the infinite number of ways in which language and literature could be used to stir the soul and move the heart. However, for some inexplicable reason, I felt a growing sense of dissatisfaction. There was something more I needed to do apart from what I was already doing – the dilemma was I didn’t know which direction to head. It was at this moment that I came to know about Harlem Children Society, New York and its sister organisation Association of Science and Society, Kolkata. When I read that AS&S was looking for teaching professionals in English and other languages, I was both intrigued and mystified. Given what I thought was the nature of the organisation – it is “dedicated to promoting and advancing science and technology” – I couldn’t fathom how a language teacher could be a part of the team.

      The first call from Dr Satyajit Bhattacharya left the question tantalisingly unresolved. “I think I can use your skills with an interesting twist,” was the enigmatic statement over the phone. My curiosity was further piqued. My first trip to the office though was fraught with trepidation. By then, I had had the time to read up about Dr Bhattacharya on organisation’s website and I was truly intimidated by the brilliance and depth of his mind and the breadth of what he had already achieved.

      The interview, which followed, was nothing like the inquisition I had expected it to be. I marvelled at how quickly Dr Bhattacharya could put one at ease. Despite what must have been an incredibly busy work-schedule, he took more than enough time to listen attentively to what was being shared by an interviewee. As he described his work, his sincerity and passionate conviction would have swept up any listener in its wake. When he spoke about his ideas and plans to empower those belonging to the “under-resourced and under-served communities”, I was struck by how a rare idealism had been combined with a practical realism. As Dr Bhattacharya explained how I could contribute to the programme by equipping children belonging to such communities with linguistic skills, I felt that I was approaching the answer to my question. He described the many other opportunities that would come my way to make a difference where it mattered. The world of limitless possibilities that he painted in such vivid details beckoned invitingly, waiting to be investigated and explored. Finally, I knew which path to tread.

      Over the next few meetings, there were other attributes that amazed one – an inexhaustible energy, a patience to allow others to learn and discover for themselves and a fire that compelled one to believe that a new world order of ‘tolerance and peace’ could be accomplished by striving to better the lot of one’s neighbour. Because, at the end of the day, all of us are but a part of a global family that extends beyond boundaries and faiths.

      It is rare that one comes across a highly gifted individual with a genuine goodness of spirit. It is rarer still that one is given the privilege to work in an organisation that is so imbued with the spirit of such a founder. Indeed, it is an honour to be welcomed into the AS&S family and to be a part of something that is so special and truly unique.

  • Ms. Meghana Godambe, Esq., B.A.

      AS&S & HCS Volunteer, Writer
      New York Bar Admittee, New York State
      Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Dayton School of Law, Ohio, U.S.A.
      B.A. (Economics & Political Science), University of Rochester, New York, U.S.A.
      Government Relations Representative, New York School Boards Association, New York, U.S.A.
      Legislative Associate & Assistant Counsel, New York State Senate, New York, U.S.A.
      Counsel, Senate Education Committee, New York State Senate, New York, U.S.A.

      Megha is a research and policy analyst, most recently specializing in education policy. She is currently a governmental relations representative for the New York State School Boards Association. Prior to this, she worked as legislative associate and assistant counsel at the New York State Council of School Superintendents, and nearly eight years in the New York State Senate, including counsel for the New York State Senate Education Committee, research analyst with Senate Research Services and Senate Fellow. Megha received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester in economics and political science and a Certificate in Management Studies with a Public Sector Analysis specialization, and a J.D. from the University of Dayton. Foremost, she is a writer who enjoys young adult literature.

  • Dr. Carol Pillsbury Patton, M.D., R.N, Ph.D., J.D., Esq.

      HCS & AS&S Visiting Counsel, (Government Affairs & Instructor; BioEthics)
      Retd. Legislative Counsel to U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Jr., District 14th of Michigan,
      U.S. House of Representatives, Ranking Member Congressional Judiciary Committee

      PhD, Cardiovascular-Neurophysiology,
      J.D., University of Detroit,
      R.N., East Orange General Hospital/Uppsala College, Nursing,
      M.S. (Physiology of Medicine)

      Dr. Carol Pillsbury Patton is a well-known Scientist, Nurse, Doctor, and has honed her skills in law and legal affairs – especially in science policy – especially with some of the leading lawmakers in our countries history. Among her assigned Topics in the Congress include: Agriculture; Refugees, Science, Technology, Animal rights, Biogenetics, NASA, Water in the World. She also has designed ethics and science policy documents under the Bush Administration. Dr. Patton is one of the pioneers in Medicine and Law in the state of Ohio and Michigan. She earned her Doctorate in Cardiovascular-Neurophysiology from The Ohio State University, college of Medicine. She also earned a Masters degree in Physiology of Medicine from the same university. Dr. Patton earned her Juris Doctor of Laws (J.D.) from the University of Detroit, school of Law. A very successful lawyer in the state of Michigan for several decades, Dr. Patton continued her academic credentials with the completion of her Nursing degree from the East Orange General Hospital/Uppsala College. She has been in the Faculty of the University of Michigan Graduate School in Ann Arbor Michigan, where she has taught medical ethics and other graduate level courses in medicine and nursing. An amazing array of Awards, Recognition and Honors have come her way in her illustrious career spanning a life time of services in the science & medicine and in public service with some of the leading lawmakers in our countries history. She has travelled as a Diplomat abroad on several occasions representing the Congress and the U.S. Government. Among Dr. Patton’s numerous accolades and recognition, she has been the Legacy Fellow in the United States Department of State since 2010.

      Dr. Patton’s impressive credentials and experience, persuaded one of the leading and famous Congressmen of our times, Representative John Conyers, Jr. to invite to join his team in the U.S. House of Representatives as his Chief Science Legislative Counsel. Rep. John Conyers, Jr., a Detroit Democrat, was re-elected to represent the 14th Congressional District in November of 2010, to his 24th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hon. Conyers is the recipient of many awards for leadership, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Award, which was presented to him by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Hon. Conyers was one of the close friends and confidants of the legendary leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, and played a leading role with Dr. King in the Civil Rights Movement in the country. He has also been awarded a number of honorary degrees from colleges and universities throughout the Nation. Having entered the House of Representatives in 1965, Hon. Conyers is the second most senior member in the House of Representatives.He served as Chairman of the House Committee on Government Operations (now renamed Committee on Oversight and Government Reform) from 1989 until 1994. In 2006, Rep Conyers lead and served as the Chairman, of the pivotal House Committee on the Judiciary in the 110th and 111th Congress. In addition to its oversight of the Department of Justice (including the FBI) and the Federal Courts, the Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over copyright, civil rights, consumer protection, and constitutional issues. Rep. Conyers was also a member of the Judiciary Committee in its 1974 hearings on the Watergate impeachment scandal and played a prominent role in the recent impeachment process, giving him the distinction as the only Judiciary Committee Member to have served on both panels. Congressman Conyers is also one of the 13 founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and is considered the Dean of that group. Formed in 1969, the CBC was founded to strengthen African-American lawmakers’ ability to address the legislative concerns of Black and minority citizens. In Mr. Conyers’ 40 plus years in Congress, some of his major accomplishments include: the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the Motor Voter Bill of 1993, the Martin Luther King Holiday Act of 1983, the Alcohol Warning Label Act of 1988, and the Jazz Preservation Act of 1987. He was also the driving force behind the Help America Vote Act of 2002. In recent years, Mr. Conyers has focused his efforts on promoting economic development in Southeast Michigan, fighting for equal justice and the protection of the civil rights for all Americans, and promoting peace around the world.

      Harlem Children Society and the Association of Science & Society is indeed lucky and delighted to have Dr. Carol Patton amongst us upon her retirement at end of 2011 from the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Dr. Richard Bernstein, Ph.D, J.D., Esq..,

      HCS& AS&S Visiting Counsel, (Legal Counsel & Ethicist),
      Fulbbright Scholar, Moore Scholar (Harvard Law School), Humanities Fellow (Univ. of Chicago),
      McInnis Law, Of Counsel,

      Ph.D (Philosophy), University of Chicago, Chicago, I.L., U.S.A., Humanities Fellow
      J.D., Harvard Law School, Harvard University, Boston, M.A., U.S.A., Moore Scholar
      Williams College, B.A., Fulbright Scholar

      Dr. Richard Bernstein is a well-known attorney and academic in New York City. As a Fulbright Scholar he completed his B.A. from Williams College with distinction. He has been a Humanities Fellow at he University of Chicago, where he completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy. His academic pursuit thereafter, led him to Harvard Law School at the Harvard University in Boston, where he graduated with a J.D. in Law as a Moore Scholar.

       

      His Bar admissions include – the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. court of Appeals, Second, Third, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits, including the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Northern District of Illinois, III, State of New York, and the State of Illinois.

       

      Dr. Bernstein has several publications to his credit and his affiliations include, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, among others. He also serves on the board of several organizations, including HCS and AS&S. Currently he is an Attorney and Counsel at the McInnis Law since 2003.

       

      Dr. Bernstein’s brilliant academic and professional experience is an asset at the Association of Science & Society, where he also serves in the Ethics Panel Member.

  • Professor Thomas Brennan, Ph.D., M.A., B.S.

      AS&S Visiting Member (Biochemistry & Pharmaceutical Technology; And Forensic Science)
      Director of Pharmaceutical Technology
      Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry & Crystallography), SUNY at Stony Brook, New York, U.S.A.
      M.A. (Inorganic Chemistry), Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.
      B.A. (Chemistry), Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, U.S.A.
      NSF Fellow (Nutrition for College Teachers), Northeastern University, U.S.A.
      Postdoctoral Fellow (Biochemistry), University of Wisconsin at Madison, U.S.A.
      NIH Postdoctoral Trainee (Crystallographic Methods), Medical research Foundation at Buffalo, U.S.A.
      Postdoctoral Fellow (Pharmaceutics & Crystallography), SUNY at Buffalo, U.S.A.

      Dr. Thomas Brennan is a well-known chemist and researcher. He is the Director of Pharmaceutical Technology at City University of New York (CUNY), New York, U.S.A.. His varied Professional experience includes: Member of Board of Directors, Research Foundation CUNY (2003-present); Chair, University Faculty Advisory Committee to Research Foundation (2005-2006); Acting Chair, Chemistry Department, Bronx Community College, CUNY (2006-present); Professor of Chemistry, Bronx Community College, CUNY (2005-present); Associate Professor of Chemistry, Bronx Community College, CUNY (2001-present); Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Bronx Community College, CUNY (1997-2001); Adjunct/Assistant Professor of Science, Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY (1990-97); Nutrition Consultant, Dr. M. B. Schachter, M. D. & Associates, Suffern, NY (1989-92); Director of Research, Cambridge Diagnostic Allergy Testing Center, Cambridge, MA (1985-89); Director of Analytical Division, Toxikon Corporation, Cambridge, MA (1985-89); Adj Associate Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts College Pharmacy, Boston, MA (1981-88); Research Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & OB/GYN, Boston Univ Medical Schl (1979-85); Assistant Director, Gynecologic Endocrine Laboratory, Boston Univ Medical Center (1979-85); Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (1974-79). Dr. Brennan is a recipient of several awards and recognition: CUNY Diversity Grant, Attracting Minority and Female Students to Science Careers (04, 06, 07); Distinguished Educator in Who’s Who in American Teachers (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06); BCC Information Technology Award, Scanning Electron Microscope Acquisition (2006); Bronx Community College Foundation College Enrichment Award (2005, 2007); BCC Title V Teaching with Technology Award, MicroLab Data Asquisition Units (2004); Teaching with Technology Award, Computer-Assisted Data Acquisition (2003); Bronx Community College Presidential Faculty Development Award (2003); Bronx Community College Foundation College Enrichment Award (2000); Bronx Community College Presidential Faculty Development Award (1999); NIH Bridge to the Baccalaureate Program Award (Summer, 1998); National Science Fellowship, Nutrition for College Teachers (1976-77); Public Health Service Traineeship (1971); National Defense and Education Act Graduate Fellowship (1968-69); New York State Regents Graduate Fellowship (1965-66); and Graduated magna cum laude with First Honors in Science (1964).

      Dr. Brennan is an author of over seventy publications and has several synergistic activities to his credit. He received his Ph. D., 1970, in Inorganic Chemistry & Crystallography from SUNY at Stony Brook, NY; M.A., 1965, in Inorganic Chemistry from Columbia University, NY; and B.S., 1964, in Chemistry from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. His Postgraduate training include: Postdoctoral Fellow-Pharmaceutics & Crystallography, SUNY at Buffalo (1970-71); NIH Postdoctoral Trainee-Crystallographic Methods, Medical Research Found of Buffalo (1971); Postdoctoral Fellow-Biochemistry & Crystallography, Univ of Wisconsin at Madison (1971-74); NSF Fellow-Nutrition for College Teachers, Northeastern Univ/Harvard Schl PubHealth (1976-77)

      Dr. Brennan has worked with HCS and AS&S and our students for several years now. He is the HCS Presidential Award for the Best Mentor on several occasions.

  • Dr. John E. Brandenburg, Ph.D., B.A.

      AS&S Visiting Member, (Space Technology, Advanced Physics, Engineering & Math)
      Research Scientist, The Aerospace Corporation, U.S.A.
      Former Research Scientist, Florida Space Institute, NASA and Orbital Technologies, U.S.A.
      PhD, (Theoretical Plasma Physics), University of California, Davis, U.S.A.
      BA (Physics), Southern Oregon University, U.S.A.

      Dr. John E. Brandenburg is a researcher at Florida Space Institute and Orbital Technologies, having come from The Aerospace Corporation, where one of his duties was as principle investigator of the MET (Microwave Electro-Thermal) propulsion project. He also performed an architecture study for a Human Mars Mission using solar electric propulsion. He also performed research on Fusion Propulsion and Kaluza-Klein theory of Field Unification for purposes of space propulsion. Before coming to Aerospace Corporation Dr. Brandenburg was a researcher at Research Support Instruments (RSI), where he specialized in making controlled laboratory plasmas for uses ranging from Fusion research to the MET thruster. His work as an independent consultant involved Space Missile Defense, Directed Energy Weapons, space rocket plume phenomenology, Mission Research Corporation and Sandia National Laboratories on plasmas for controlled fusion and similar topics.

      Dr. Brandenburg was born in Rochester Minnesota but grew up in Medford Oregon. He obtained a BA in Physics from Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon, home of the Shakespearean Festival. He obtained his MS in Applied Science at University of California at Davis and his PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics at the UC Davis extension campus at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore California. The Title of his Thesis was “A Theoretical Model of a Reversed Field Ion Layer Made of Monoenergetic Ions” and dealt with the magnetic confinement of plasmas for controlled nuclear fusion. Inspired by the Apollo missions to choose a career in Physics he has always been an avid fan of space exploration and science fiction. He is the author the “Dead Mars, Dying Earth”(1999) with Monica Rix Paxson, which dealt with the problems of energy and global warming from a comparative planetary science (Earth-Mars) perspective and has been published the USA, Great Britain, Germany and Japan. It was the winner of the Silver Medal in the Ben Franklin awards for books on science and environment. He has recently completed writing a science fiction novel “Morningstar Pass” dealing with the problems of initial contact between humanity and extraterrestrial intelligence and the development of the human race into a space-faring civilization. He has dedicated his career to problems of space, energy, and national defense.

      Dr. Brandenburg has worked with HCS and AS&S and our students for several years now.

  • Professor John Molina, Ph.D., B.S.

      AS&S Visiting Member (Forensic Science & Environmental Research)
      PH.D. (Chemistry), University of New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.
      B.S. (Chemistry), Northeastern University, Boston, MA, U.S.A.

      Until the fall 2005, Dr. John F. Molina was a private consultant from 1993 to 2005. During the same time period, he also taught at several universities. During the years of 2001-2003, Dr. Molina was involved in the Bridge to Medicine Program under the Research Foundation of The City University of New York as a full-time Chemistry Professor for the development of under-represented students wishing to apply to the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Sciences Programs or other university premedical program. During the 2003 school year, he was a science teacher with CUNY Prep Transitional High School,under the Research Foundation of The City University of New Yorkunder a one-year contract for students returning to high school. This unique program was designed to promote students by successfully completing the GED with a very high score to allow students to enter a community college program. As of fall 2005, he joined the faculty at CUNY. During his first year, he has taught several classes including CHM 22, CHM 02, ENV 11, including writing intensive sections. He has been involved in course content and development as Chemistry 17 assistant coordinator, Chemistry 02 committee member developing BlackBoard ready informal student quizzing and Chemistry 22 electrochemical computer driven teaching module development. His research interests include analytical measurements of environmental parameters and will begin with the CUNY collaborative project “Emerging contaminants as chemical indicators of pathogen contamination in Long Island Sound”. Prior to year 1993, Dr. Molina was a professional in the chemical/ environmental/ and industrial hygiene industry. Some of Dr. Molina’s more recent services and general accomplishments include: Laboratory Testing Services, Inc., Westbury, NY. V. P., Environmental Services, Sr.V. P., Business Development and Laboratory Director, where he established base business in Air Quality Services with private sector and governmental agencies, and was involved in the training of personnel in environmental/OSHA field monitoring of airborne inorganic/organic contaminants, water and soil chemistry. Hager Laboratories, Inc., Golden, CO, Ex.V.P. And Laboratory Director, where he spearheaded The American Industrial Hygiene Association recognized this laboratory as 1 of 12 Approved Reference Laboratories in the United States. He also maintained accreditations with the National Voluntary Laboratory Asbestos Program, State of Colorado Drinking Water Program, Chemical Waste Management Environmental Program, and the Rohm and Haas Industrial Hygiene Round Robin Program; O.H. Materials Corporation, Findlay, OH: Manager of Field Analytical Services, where he established, developed, and expanded analytical standards and procedures. He also administered QA/QC programs to insure compliance with current regulations of RCRA, TSCA, USEPA, and NJDEP. Programs developed included a Dioxin sampling plan, and a groundwater/well sampling manual; At-Sea Incineration, Inc. Parsippany, NJ: Manager of Laboratory Operations, where he was a technical liaison to EPA for shipboard laboratory and stack monitoring program for ocean incineration. Laboratory design approved by Offices of Water and Solid Waste. He alsoestablished a successful stack monitoring emissions test study during initial trial burn of liquid organic waste while under EPA observation.At the Apollo Technologies, Inc., Whippany, NJ, he served as theGroup Leader, Laboratory Services. At the Celanese Corporation of America, Summit, NJ, He served as a Research Chemist.

      He currently serves as an Ass. Professor at CUNY in Chemistry and Chemical Technology.Dr. Molina received hisB.S., Northeaster University in 1973; and his Ph.D. Louisiana State University, New Orleans, in 1977. He is a recipient of several awards and accolades and had guided several undergraduate and graduate students.

      Dr. Molina has worked with HCS and AS&S and our students for several years now.

  • Rajeet Guha, M.P.A. Student (Fall 2013), B.A.

      Program Coordinator Assistant
      Masters in Public Administration (M.P.A.) Student (Specialization: Health Care Administration), PACE University, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
      B.A., (Major: Economics), Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, P.A., U.S.A.

      I was born in the City of Joy –Calcutta (now renamed ‘Kolkata’ in India. My father was a civil servant and that gave me a chance to live and savor great diversity that India typifies. I have lived and keenly observed life in different parts and among different classes from close range, and these in turn have considerably shaped my perspectives on life in general and on India in particular. I have studied in different schools ranging from small, obscure ones in district towns to puritanical missionary schools to topprivate (called public schools in India) schools in metropolitan areas. For most of my time in school in India I was a fairly studious and diligent student and was lucky to be honored several times for academic performance. When I was very young I also had the chance to study in a school in Norwich, England. Although for just a few months, those childhood memories of school in England are something I will forever cherish.

       

      I have been living in the United States for the past eleven years. In the first four years of our stay in the United States we lived in the heart of Manhattan. Later on we decided to move and settle in a small city in New Jersey far from the madding crowd of the Big Apple. We bought our house in 2006 and although we enjoy North Bergen, I must admit that no place in this world is comparable in terms of charm and character to erpetually shimmering and chic Manhattan.

       

      For college, I went to the quiet, pretty and serene town of Clarion in western Pennsylvania to pursue my undergraduate studies. Life in Clarion is slow and relaxed but nestled as it is in the Allegheny Mountains and with the lure of its picturesque churches, boutique shops, and a beautiful, undulating campus, Clarion is a stunning town and I found the my first University most welcoming and stimulating. I completed my bachelor’s degree in economics from Clarion University with good grades. My performance in my undergraduate years earned me a permanent membership of Omicron Delta Epsilon, which is an international honor society for the discipline of economics. I was also a recipient of Enid Dennis Scholarship for best student in Economics. I was on the Dean’s List of Students for many semesters at Clarion. I studied economics at Clarion from a liberal arts perspective.

       

      In conjunction with my special training in economics I took a smattering of liberal arts courses to broaden and enrich my academic knowledge as well as provide me with a liberal and eclectic perspective of the globalized world around me. My experience of having lived and traveled in different corners of the globe has further enhanced and reinforced my broad-mindedview of the world. I would describe my worldview as a fusion of the best aspects of the Occident and the Orient.

       

      After completing my undergraduate studies I came back to New York and spent some time gainingwork experience in the city of New York including at the Museum of Natural History, the Feminist Press at the CUNY Graduate Center, Primerica, UNICEF and at UNDP. Later on in 2011 I decided to enroll myself in the master of public administration program at Pace University. Sensing the aggressively competitive world of the corporate sector, I thought public service and the concept of working for people rather than profitwould appeal to me better. I have almost finished my master’s degree and can’t wait to graduate later this December with God’s Infinite Grace bestowed upon me.

       

      In 2011 when I was accepted into the MPA program at Pace University, I had also been accepted into the MPA program at the University of Connecticut but preferred Pace University, as it was closer to home, relatively inexpensive and offered me a scholarship. At Pace from my first semester I was granted the President’s Scholarship for academic excellence. I have now obtained a Graduate Assistantship at Pace University.

       

      I am specializing in the Health Care Administration track of the MPA. A lot of the work that I am doing entails looking at the different ramifications of President Obama’s health care reform and how it might affect different sections of the population and what it might or might not do for the rising health care costs. My investigations have included such issues as long term care, accountable care organizationsand the economic rationale of Medicare and Medicaid.

       

      An issue at the intersection of ethics, health and public policy that I have proposed for my research in the fall is the issue of Bullying at school. I am passionate about eradicating bullying. I believe bullying is a global scourge that needs to be obliterated from the face of this earth by successfully applying the model espoused by the Scandinavian countries. I love to impart knowledge to people, teach and explain concepts to people and also like to dabble in the social sciences and engage in serious but pleasant conversation with people.

       

      I read fiction as well as nonfiction. My reading habits range from literature to sports, motivational reading to history, autobiographies to politics and international relations, economics to philosophy and from management to religion. I am also a movie aficionado. I love old Hollywood movies especially the historical and semi-historical ones. I am a lover of music. Living in and around New York City has also turned me into some kind of a theatre buff. I love watching plays on as well as off Broadway. I appreciate the pop music and soft rock music from the 1930s to the present day. In sports I like watching cricket, soccer and tennis. I don’t play many sports although I enjoy playing ping-pong and tennis.

       

      In the month of May in 2013, I was inducted into the national honor society for public affairs and administration namely, Pi Alpha Alpha’s Pace University Chapter. It felt humbling to receive the honor and I hope I can live up to the standards of public service that this award connotes.

       

      While reading has always been my first love along with analysis and communication of social issues and public policies, I believe the time has come to dirty my hands and wet my feet with real life experience. The internship in Harlem Children Society (HCS) is something I am eagerly looking forward to. I believe my training, experience, background and appreciation of diversitywill make me a good fit for HCS. I intend to utilize my teaching, motivational and mentoring skills. I hopeHCS can also benefit from my analytical and communication skills. I have also experience in proofreading, editing and reviewing information. Finally I love children and find the aims of HCS very inspirational. I would consider it a privilege to learn from and contribute to this great endeavor in any way possible: whether by helping in management and administration or even sharing my knowledge with others by lending a hand in teaching grades 6 through 10 in math and sciences and 11 and 12 in mathematics.

       

      Today such endeavors have found expression even into several countries like Kenya, Ethiopia Tanzania and others in Africa; Mexico, Honduras and others in Latin America; Moldova and Ukraine in Europe; and India and Nepal in Asia. One of these is the ‘Association of Science& Society’ (AS&S) , which was born in 2011 in Calcutta, the place of my birth. The Association’s noble aim to foster a spirit of tolerance among people of different faiths, and implement change using science & technology for sustainable growth in under-resourced & under-served communities, has struck a chord in my heart. Another striking feature of this fledgling society is its message of universal peace. The Society’s concern for the environment is very timely given the threat of climate change, especially in the developing countries. Its strategy in achieving its three fold aims through the dissemination of education and skill development in using science & technology, for the youth and participating adults from such communities, is strikingly innovative.

       

      My dream is to be a part of this amazing journey of triumph of hope over despair; and of the message of peace, harmony and science overcoming poverty, violence and ignorance. Ultimately I hope to get to broaden my knowledge and world awareness through Harlem Children Society, Association of Science & Society, and its sister organizations, under the visionary leadership of Dr. Sat.

  • Mr. Rajat Chakraborty, B.Com.

      ASS StaffLiaison& SeniorVolunteer,
      B.Com (Commerce), South City College, Calcutta University, India

      Faith is the force of life
      Future belongs to those who have beauty in their dreams

      AS&S
      It is the darkness in the light
      It is the goodness in the bad
      It is the sadness in the joy
      It is the will you never destroy

      My first interaction with Dr Sat Bhattacharya was when he interviewed me. I liked him, as soon as I met him. I was fortunate to have been selected to join his team, for which I am indeed very thankful. I had the opportunity to know him, appreciate him and admire him. Dr. Sat Bhattacharya is a special, kind, smart, inspiring person. It is an honor and a great experience to be his assistant.I was particularly impressed by the Dr. Sat visions and ideas. The more I heard and read about HCS, the more I felt that I would be a great fit. I felt that my mindset, education, motivation, history and ambitions were ones that are essential to AS&S visions. Above all he is my mentor.

      I was born in Durgapur, and brought up in Kolkata. I did my education and schooling from South Point High School. I graduated from South City College, Kolkata. My expertise lies in the financial market, dealing with equities and mutual funds. Despite that, through my initial meeting Dr Sat, I decided to join on AS&S. I forsee that this position will help me to get involved with my community, in India and the world. One of my favorite things to work in the future is International Relations. But I want to work for the underprivileged and underdeveloped society.

      I want to work in science and education, which helps the society. This was once in a lifetime opportunity. AS&S, as a global organization will help me to connect with peoples from different parts of the world. In my earlier field of ‘Dialogues’ where I was involved in, was involved in the promotion of different methods of solving problems using varried perspectives in order to deal with global issues – such as, education, knowledge among other ventures.

      In HCS there are many noble laureates, scientists, students and people from various fields from all over the globe. I do believe that there are a lot of good people in the world who have the power and the willingness to change the lives of others, just like Dr. Sat and his team is doing in HCS. I want to be part of it – of this beautiful plan of life. In a video, I love when Doctor Sat told his kids: “in the future, when you succeed and be rich and famous you will help HCS”. This is how the help will never end, because it would be a chain; and other people and organizations, will support and help for the education all over India and the world. India is a vast multi-lingual country. Dr Sat Bhattacharya hopes to make a difference, and make a person smile; Give people hope; Give people a better life; Helping the community with knowledge and culture – Souls assisting each other’s – these are some of the wonderful goals that HCS and AS&S does and that I love. I want to grow with it; I want to learn in a life long process. Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”. I think Dr. Sat, his teams are helping these kids to fish, and I love to be part of this wonderful project. With education, one is capable to fulfill most of ones goals.

  • Shri. Rishesh, K.C., B.A.,

      ASS Staff Liaison & Senior Volunteer, Nepal Wing
      B.A. (Liberal Arts), Corlins University, U.S.A.
      Associate in Arts (International Studies), LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York, U.S.A.,
      H.S. Diploma, Nepal Police Higher Secondary Boarding School, Kathmandu, Nepal
      HCS Senior Staff Volunteer, New York, U.S.A.

      Sri Rishesh KC has been involved with the Harlem Children Society Programs in New York for over eight years since 2004. He has helped Dr. Sat with implementation of various aspects of the program in New York.
      He graduated his high school from Nepal Police High School (former Dipendra Police School) in Nepal. Thereafter he proceeded to the United States to further his studies and gather experience. He earned his Associates in International Studies from La-Guardia Community College, and his B.A. in Liberal Arts.
      Presently he resides in Kathmandu, Nepal where he is helping in furthering the programs in Nepal.

  • Mr. Chandan Panda, B.A. (Hon.)

      AS&S Staff, Executive Assistan
      B.A. (Political Science, Hon.), Rural Institute of Higher Studies, Fakir Mohan University, India

      I born in West Bengal but raised at Orissa. I am calm and quiet by nature. I always respect my parents. I believe to god. I am very much fond of cricket and listen music.

      I started my schooling at Orissa and I completed my graduation in the year 2006. As I was pursuing competitive examination, I joined one of the most renowned and admired charitable organizations – “MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY” founded and run by our beloved, Mother Teresa. She was great personality. I was involved more than 3 years with this organization. In this organization I was working under a big personality Mr. B. K. Jha also called Jha Ji. Jha Ji is an eminent, highly respected, & regarded Attorney. He is also a well-known Advocate of the Calcutta High Court; and the permanent attorney to the Missionaries of Charity.I have learned so many things from him and I was look upon him as my guide.

      However, through Mr. B. K. Jha I came to know such a great personality Dr. Satyajit Bhattacharya. As I met and talk with him, and increasingly got to know him for several years, I felt so well. He is such a nice person. From him I knew about Harlem Children Society (HCS) and Association of Science &Society (ASS). I became interested to join in this organization, and eventually decided to join him in his efforts.

      My first introduction with sir was so pleasant. When I went for interview to sir’s home, I was fear because many things was going through in my mind and ultimately felt comfortable to talk with sir and he gave me opportunity to join.

      I joined Association of Science &Society in 2012. I am indeed very lucky to be chosen in this organization. I really wish to start in my life with the guidance of ASS and HCS. It has been a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Association of Science &Society family. I feel very proud to be a part of such organization. I also like the view and ideology of HCS and ASS of making different from others, giving hope, giving people better life, helping knowledge and culture etc. I have, and indeed learning a lot every minute.

      Thanks to foundations like the ASS and HCS that I have hope that there are many good people in the world that have the power and the willingness to change the lives of others.

  • Mr. Satyaki Sen Gupta, M.S.W., B.Com (Hon.),

      AS&S Staff, Program Coordinator
      M.S.W., Netaji Subhash Open University
      B.Com. (Accounting, Hon.), Heramba Chandra College, University of Calcutta
      Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication, Doon Education Center (EMC Foundation)

      I was born and brought up in a Joint Middle class family in Kolkata. I was very fond of Bengali culture from the beginning, as my father was a writer and a regular actor of Bengali Group Theater. My aunt was a specialist in Art & Craft, and my uncle,a professional painter. Both of them graduated from the famous Government Art college of Kolkata. My father worked as a State Government employee. However, my father left his passion and sacrificed his acting career in the Group Theater and the regular writing, as he wanted to spent time with us, for developing our bright future. My father was a very calm, cool and quite person. Hisearnings were not enough to fulfill all the needs of ourfamily. My mother was a very strong and hard worker in the family. My elder brother and myself did not realize till very late – the troubles of the family as mother kept it going with her strong personality. She always successfully fought against several barriers and challenges of the family with her strong personality, hardworking and great management skills.

       

      After the ‘partition’of India in the year 1947, my family elders’migrated from Bangladesh to India. So we were born and brought up in typical 10ft by 10ft rented house.I felt from childhood that my father was very honest person and both of my parents ensured our care and protection under so many challenging situations. Inmy early child hood there was no scope to contact with the outside world, other thanthe people of my peer age in school time. We enjoyed and played with our family members’the whole time. I was very shy in my childhood and sometime felt alone.

       

      We shifted to another rented house when I was in class III, where I got chance to mix with the people of my age. I made many friends and learned many indoor and outdoor games, which helpedthe intellectual and physical growth. During my adolescence, I felt that people who were very fond of me had trust and faith in me. My friends shared many personal matters with me and felt relief. Due to my family background, I like cultural activities;especially I was very fond of drama. I got chance to show my talent in annual community cultural Programmes.I could not forget the moment when I first time performed drama in front of a huge audience. After that, regularly I acted in drama in my locality and as well as school programs. People appreciated me for my acting and also got many prizes for my performance. This recognition gave me confidence and boosted my moral and gave me immense faith in myself – showing to myself thatI can do something!

       

      After completing the schooling, I went to college. Due to my fear of Mathematics, I choose commerce for higher study. After completing the Honors graduation, I went for many interviews for a job as an accountant and in the marketing sector. But I always felt that this was not my passion. I wanted to do something special and unique where I could enjoy my work. I started private tuitions for earning not only for my personal expenses but also giving little support to my family because my father had retired from his job and my elder brother struggling to settle his career. I joined a diploma course inJournalism and Mass Communication. I enjoyed the course and during this course I got chance to meet many people who were very well established in their fields. However, I had a limited success in this field due to several other factors like unfair and unjust practices.

       

      I became depressed asan unemployed youth and as well as the pressure to do something in support of the family. In the year 2000 my life suddenly turned around when I got a chance to teach the childrenof the ‘red-light’area (prostitute neighbourhood) in a center of a development organization who worked to combat human trafficking. This was a part time job at evening time in a red-light area of Kolkata where I met a group of children surviving their life without any care, protection, respect, identity and dignity.Working with them I also realized the difference –where I was born, there are also two different worlds – ‘Mainstream’ and ‘Marginalized’. I am so lucky and thankful to God that I got chance to born in the mainstream society. I loved to work with them and felt that this is was my life’s passionwith which I would develop myself going forward. I felt that this was not only a job but also a mission; and I am one of the soldiers in this mission to bring a change in a society from all negative aspects to positive. I met and worked closely with the children who had been surviving after commercially sexually abused, victim of Trafficking, affected in HIV/AIDS and as well as vulnerable youth and children of marginalized communities. Slowly I joined this organization as a fulltime project staff. I learned lot of things fromtrue-lifeexperiences of youth and children, which are very helpful to survive in whole coming life. I developed many interpersonal skills through attaining many trainings, seminars and workshops and also getting a chance to meet different types of people.

       

      I don’t know how much I succeeded in this sector, but the children and the youth,whom I met in my working field, loved, respected and trusted me and shared many confidential problems of their life, which were not always solved. I tried to play a role of facilitator. They are continuing to maintain a good relationship with me wherever they are now. I think this is the important and memorable success of my life. I got chance to visit abroadin many regional and international seminarsas a chaperon for these children and youth. Recently I have completed my Masters in Social work after gathering sufficient experience in development sector.

       

      I am now living with my mother, elderbrother, sister-in-law and my little best friend – my niece. I lost my father in 2011. I also spent time with the youth whom I worked for so many years.

       

      One lazy Sunday morning, I was chatting with my ex-colleague Ipshita in face book after long time. She told me that she has been working in an organization – ‘Association of Science &Society’ and if I am interested to join this organization then I can send my CV.I had a great experience to work under the leadership of Ipshita.So I did not miss the chance to work together again. After seeing the website of this organization I was very much impressed towards the work of this organization which is very unique andinnovative. Closely working with under-resourced and underserved community, I know how it is important to promote and advance science and technology, and creating a universal awareness of tolerance and peace to develop the underprivileged communities. I send my CV next day to Dr. Bhattacharya and early next day he called me and interviewed over phone from New York City, and had a discussion in details. He was very keen to hear my all details. He is really a nice person and invited me in his office at the earliest. I was very much impressed to visit the office the same day and felt that the office atmosphere and work atmosphere was very impressive and conducive to the whole experience.

       

      Though this field is very new for me, but by accepting this challenge and I hope I will be succeed with the help of my interpersonal skills, which I have developed and increased through working in development sector for a long time. The target groups are same – people who are deprived and marginalized. I believe that I have evolved and developed a vast experience working with these people, both from urban and rural areas. With the help of my communication and facilitation skills, I will be able to convey the message that the organization wants to givethem. I am also well aware how much hard working will be needed for this work.

       

      I hope I will be success and gather new knowledge to work as a new team member of Association of Science & Society.

  • Mr. Bijoyendra Mohan Bhattacharjee, B.Com.

      Executive Assistant & Program Coordinator
      B.Com., Calcutta University, India

      I am Bijoyendra Mohan Bhattacharjee. For quite some time I had been involved in the Business Processing Outsourcing Sector (BPO) and now I have a strong feeling to align myself with a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in the service of the public good.

      I was born and raised in Kolkata in India. Life has had some challenges that I had to overcome since childhood. At a tender age of 16, I had the misfortune to loose my father. However, I kept my schooling on – having completed my secondary level & higher secondary level with good marks. Thereafter I completed my bachelor degree in Accounting from Calcutta University. Owing to extreme financial hardship, I had to forgo my Masters Degree in Accounting at Calcutta University, even though I secured a spot in the coveted department.

      Having a responsibility of running my family household was thrust upon me. Despite this, I continued my courses in Computer sciences, while providing for my family with private tuitions for over ten years. This helped me secure a job in a multinational company in Salt Lake in Kolkata. I had the burden of supporting my mother and getting my sister married, and then I was engaged in a married life. Because of my mother’s ill health, my work during the night hours had become exceeding difficult to maintain and continue.

      Thanks to foundations like the Harlem Children Society (HCS) and the Association of Science & Society (AS&S), that I have hope that there are many good people in the world that has the power and the willingness to change the lives of others, just like Dr. Satyajit Bhattacharya and his team is doing in HCS.

      I am indeed very lucky to be chosen to be a part of the organizations – of this beautiful plan of life. I really wish to start in my view venture with the guidance of HCS – a new platform for education to Indian kids and carrying a global vision. Making a difference; making a person smile; giving people hope; giving people a better life; helping the community with knowledge and culture; souls assisting each other’s – these are some of the wonderful goals that HCS and AS&S does and that I love.

      I want to grow with it; I want to learn the most. I think Dr. Satyajit Bhattacharya and his team is helping these kids and the community to fish; and I love to be part of this wonderful project. I am also impressed on how fast HCS and the newly founded organization is growing; I will love to be part of this development and help to make India and the world a better place to live.

      I am thankful for the opportunity given by Dr. Bhattacharya to be apart of the HCS and the AS&S family.

  • Dr. Parimal Naskar, DMS (Homeopathic Medicine)

      Sunderbans Liaison& Program Coordinator
      DMS (Homeopathic Medicine), Calcutta University, Kolkata, India

      Born on February 07, 1958,Dr. Naskar belongs to a middle class family from an interior village in the Sundarbans.He passed the Madhyamik Examination from St. Xavier’s School, Basanti in 1975, and then completedthe Higher Secondary Examination in 1978. In the same year he joined D.N.D.C. Homoeopathic Medical College. But because of his family’s straitened financial condition he could not stay in the college hostel. Then with the help of Fr. G. Beckers, he was given a chance to stay in “Shanti Bhavan”, a hostel run by Fr. Beckers for poor students.Fr. Beckers further helped him by giving him books, medicine and other needs. Fr. Beckers was an unstinting Social Worker who dedicated his life to serving the poor. That became the inspiration for Dr. Naskar’s life and it was his dream to do something of genuine service for the people. He joined NSS (National Service Scheme) and actively involvedhimself in all kinds of social work including blood donation camps and teaching poor children in various places of West Bengal. Healso committed time to charitable dispensaries and organizations.

       

      His life had found purpose and meaning but suddenly he faced a most difficult situation. His elder son met with a horrible train accident. He was unconscious for more than a week. The family had no hope for his life.However by God’s Grace his son survived and is now almost normal. Dr. Naskar has started working as usual. He looked for an organization where he could fulfill his dream. Finally, with the help of Dr. Sat Bhattacharya, he found an organization named “Association of Science and Society”.

       

      Now he is proud to be a part of the “Association of Science and Society”.

  • Mr. Utsav Tripathi, B.Sc., P.G.D. (VFX)

      AS&S Staff, Vfx Supervisor (Film & Broadcast Media) And Digital &3D Animation Artis
      B.A. (Geography), Calcutta University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
      Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
      Post Graduate Diploma in VFX (MEL, Mumbai), Maharashtra, India

      Very few fields effectively combine my love for arts & films and my keen interest in technical challenges like the CGI industry does. While studying at the MEL in Mumbai, I’ve learned a great deal about every aspect of the field. I also specialize in the special areas of pre-production and on set skill, and deal with postproduction Thanks to numerous collaborations and group projects, which were a necessary part of my degree and knowledge, and made me a solid film generalist. I am an enthusiastic team player, and always look forward for new challenges and goals. My last project was Ra.one,It was a Bollywood Science Fiction Film directed by Mr. Anubhav Sinha, starring Sharukh Khan.It also bagged the Indian nation award in best VFX category (2011).Till date I was a part of more than ten Bollywood films including (Hindi, Telugu, Bengali languages) and numerous commercial ad and documentary projects. In my career I was also indulged with couple of shortsdocumentary films, as a technical director and as investor. I was responsible from pre -production to releasing of film. .

      Film and media making is multibillion-dollar business around the world. It is well connected, directly or indirectly with all classes of people in our society.Film is not justa medium of entertainment, but is also a very good way of giving visual message to our society. I believe that better films can create better people and thus can make the world more serene, peaceful and creative. If any film or video, helps educate or fund a good cause along with theprofit, such films or videos are also worthy of making.

      I personally believe that”Giving is Great” – all round. And so is connecting with others. They are the real happiness boosters. So if you’ve got an idea or a knack for organizing, why not make something happen for a good cause and get a real double whammy for happiness!

      I was always searching the opportunity to make films for noble cause too .All that came to me in that moment when I met Dr Sat Bhattacharya. I was really fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the “Association of Science & Society”.
      I hope as a part of this organization,I can fulfill my dream …
        A dream that is going to affect the other people too…
        A dream, which gives new direction and dimension to our society and culture….
        A dream, which will open the new era of creative thinking …
        A dream, which will not only help me to grow better but others too….
        A dream for everyone….

      THANKS A LOT …… DR SAT BHATTACHARYA.

  • Mr. Swarup Halder, B.Sc., B.F.A.

      AS&S Staff 3D Animator
      B.Sc. Calcutta University
      B.F.A. (Painting), Rabindra Bharti University
      Diploma in Animation in Hi-Tech Film & Broadcast Academy Pvt. Ltd. Kolkata

      I am Swarup Halder. Born in India in West Bengal in Sunderbans in the district of South 24 Paraganas. I completed my B.Sc. degree in Geography from Calcutta University along with the degree in Western painting from Rabindra Bharti in Calcutta. Later I completed my two years’ diploma in 3D Animation from Hi-tech film & broadcast Pvt. Ltd.

       

      I always had a passion of drawing, Painting, Structure of different characters like animals, trees, nature and of many different human beings and this always created an interest in me. My specialization in the Animation industry is 3D character animator, as well as modeling, Animation and Texturing. I am always in search for new challenges and have keen interest in meeting new people. I believe in learning from every day’s circumstances and enjoyment. As an artist I always like to portray the Happenings of day to day, and the amusing moments that make me pose and laugh.

       

      My first interaction with Dr Sat Bhattacharya was when he interviewed me over the phone from New York in the USA. I liked him and understood him like an instructor of my life. I joined the ‘Association of Science & Society’ in the month of February of 2013. Among other things, I joined as an Artist for a great and interesting film project on Sundarban Development and education.I am so proud of myself to working here.

       

      I would like to involve myself with HCS and the AS&S family for the noble mission of global Education and make our society to serve humanity – to make our world a better place to live in.

       

      Many many thanks to Dr. Bhattacharya for his noble Purpose of Global Education and Sundarban and community Development.

  • Mr. Arindam Mukherjee, B.Sc.

      AS&S Staff Lighting and Rendering Artist, Animator
      Diploma in Multimedia (Arena Animation),
      B.Sc. Calcutta University
      Diploma in interactive media from Edexcel UK
      Degree in multimedia from Punjab Technical University

      From my childhood I was a keen fan of cartoons and animated movies. I had lots of questions about the process of making them. After my twelveth class, I got a chance by JEE in engineering but I left it and joined in animation training institute in the arena of multimedia in Kolkata during the days, and in evening I used to go another college for my B.Sc. I eventually learnt the basic technology of CGI industry. After those two courses I got a career offer in Kolkata as a motion graphic artist and web designer. But my passion didn’t find the expected point, so I decided to go to Delhi for my degree and Higher National Diploma in multimedia and interactive media. In my college life I got a nice opportunity to learn related topics of CGI Industry and worked as a freelancer as architectural walkthrough artist with a Delhi based company named Westernhouse. After my college I got a chance to explore myself as a 2D animator in Hyderabad. I was posted to the Pune office after three of months training. I worked in 2D e-learning projects for grades 1stto grade 10th.

       

      I worked as a production artist in 3D technology, and thereafter, I started finding another company basically working in the 3D technologies. I found motion craft authorised with a medical class called Kazi Medical Class. I used to make 3D models and the animation of related topic of MBBS and some architectural works as well.

       

      I had a plan to come back to my home town,Kolkata as soon as possible for a personal reason. Upon my searches, I tumbled onto the ‘’.

       

      As I began to understand their motto and noble thoughts, I decided to apply and allign my thoughts and learning towards working with, and be a part of them as an artist in 3D technology. Their honourable work history made me very attracted to join them.

       

      Thanks a lot Dr. Satyajit Bhattacharya.

  • Ms. Moumita Das, B.A.

      AS&S Staff 3D & Character Animator
      B.A. (Journalism) Charuchandra College, Calcutta University Kolkata, West Bengal
      Diploma in Multimedia & 3D Animation, Hitech Film & Broadcast Academy Pvt. Ltd.

      I am Moumita Das. I have completed my Madhyamik from Lamaternelle high school and High secondary from Swami Pranabananda Vidhyapith and graduatedin Journalism from the Charuchandra College in Calcutta University in Kolkata. During my university, I also completed an animation course from Hi-Tech Film and Broadcast Academy Pvt. Ltd., after which, I joined there as an animator.

       

      It is known to all that film is not only for entertainment, but it has also an educational role to play – as through film we can feel situations with the help of sound and visual effects. I feeel that human words are not as strong always, that it is able to explain everything. But through visualization, much more can be explained through its depth.As there are thousands of languages, it is not always possible to understand peoples emotions and dreams through language also. So therefore, through film we can communicate with people with sound and visual effects.

       

      I want to be an animator after I had seen my first animated film. After that I came to know that animation means movement or giving life to any rigid character. Through animation we do all the things which are not possible in the real life. It is not possible to make a real life film with the imaginary character or wild animal. But through animation it is possible for the people to make animated films with wild animals and imaginary characters. The greatest example is the “Life of Pie” and “Narnia”.

       

      Pollution is the worst thing in our environment. It effects not only the environment but also the wild life and nature. Our organization helps to create awareness about pollution in our communities. They guide us what should be done or not. These concepts can be conveyed through animation movies and films. Now-a-days, we are going to serving our organization to make an animated film for the said subject, among other ideas. I am one of the family members of our organization to give the heartiest thanks to Dr.Satyajit Bhattacharya for giving me an opportunity to serve my organization as well as my country to aware about Pollution, Science and Education for the masses through my work…

       

      Now I am trying very hard to fulfill all of our dreams.

       

      I was born and brought up in Kolkata in West Bengal.I have always had a willingness from my childhood to learn science.I earned my first degree in a physics from EIILM University in Kolkata.From my childhood I had keen interest in Arts like sketching,painting and making crafts.When I gradually took up animation as my keen area of interest,it seems to be the right choice for me to persue my career in this field. I persued my training in Multimedia & 3D Animation from Hitech Film & Broadcast Academy Pvt. Ltd.I also did a project named “Chowdhurir Barir Pujo” which was tele-casted in ABP Anand.

       

      Film, particularly in animation, is ahigh value business the world over.It is well knitted with all classes of people, of all varying ages in our society. I believe that better films can create better people, and thus can make the world more peaceful,honest and creative.These films not only bring more money but help in the betterment of people.
      I always thought why many human beings are not as fortunate as others. The poor, and under previledged people need a helping hand, so that they can lift themselves from darkness by the right kind of education.This enlightenment is always needed for a growing society like ours,when we are developing steadily, making the world a better place.I always had a desire to associate myself with these type of organizations which aims for noble causes.I get mental boost, and also there is a sure chance of increasing my knowledge in this field,particularly in the area of creating good animated films.

       

      I am very lucky to be chosen to be associated with theAssociation of Science and Society.Moreover in Harlem Children Society,there are many genius,scientists ,students and people from various fields from all over the globe.It is my belief that there are lot of better people im the world who have the power and willingness to change the lives of others, just like what Dr. Sat and his team is doing inHCS.I want to be a part of this beautiful plan of life.I found Dr. Bhattacharya a very nice person during telephonic conversation when he interviewed me from New York in the USA.I am just a fresher so I can not explain about his greatness,his experience and genius properly.I wish to learn so many things and I always feel happy being a part of such a great project under his guidance.

  • Ms. Trisha Dey, B.Sc.

      AS&S Staff 3D Animator
      B.Sc. (BioScience), Vidyasagar College, Calcutta University
      Diploma in 3D Animation, High Tech Film & Broadcast Academy Pvt. Ltd.

      I remember those days when my mom used to tune the channel to Cartoon Network so that I remained glued to the screen and have my lunch nicely. I did not know then, all the technicalities beyond the sketched characters of Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Dooby-doo and so many others. But as I grewup my inquisitiveness led me to go deeper and know about animations and all the effects behind the silver screen. In my school days I completed the fifth year in drawing from Bongio Sangeet Parisad. This passion for drawing and curiosity for animated characters drew me to join Hitech Film & Broadcast Academy Pvt. Ltd. for a 3D-animation course. To get involved with the Association of Science and Society just after the completion of the course is like a step onto a dream world.

       

      Born and brought up in Howrah, I pursued my schooling there and then graduated in Bio-science from Calcutta University. But my interests in drawings and sketches of humans, animals, landscapes gradually pushed me to learn animation alongside my graduation. Animation is that arena where I could express my mind into the creative world. It has that enduring magic which can catch everybody’s attention. I wish to make my own magic wand in animation and groom myself as a good animator, and be a part of AS&S’s growth and thereby enhance my own skills.

       

      Pollution is an alarming concern for the society. It is creating an imbalance in the environment and has already had its adverse effects on nature. Our organisation has been creating awareness in our communities and hence guiding the people to prevent pollution. These messages can be conveyed to the society very effectively through animated movies and ads. We are now making an animated film for the same amongst many other ideas. I am very happy to be a part of this team which in turn is allowing me to serve the masses through animation by creating awareness about Pollution, Science and Education.

       

      I am really very grateful and thankful to Dr. Satyajit Bhattacharya to give me my first opportunity and be a part of AS&S and am privileged to be part of such a project.

  • Mr. Basiru Lee Leigh, B.S. Student (Biology & Computer Science, CUNY)

      HCS &AS&S Staff, IT & Web Coordinator Assistant
      HCS Class of 2006

      B.S. Student, City College of New York (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY), New York, U.S.A.

      To many people Harlem Children Society is just another summer youth program for minority students who want to have a career in the scientific world, but to me, it is roadside assistance to my future. This is the hope that would guide me to achieving my dream goal in becoming a Doctor or researcher in the Neurological department.

      My name is Basiru Lee Leigh, and I am from the 2006 class of HCS. I currently attend the CUNY City College of New York with $20,000 dollar scholar from the Jonathan Levin Foundation. I am in the pre-medical program In CCNY and I major in Biology and minored in Computer science.

      The Harlem Children Society has being a push in my desire for my career path. Coming from an under resourced scientific country of Gambia, I bounded by the lack of medical and technological institutions and my plans of becoming the great mind in the science world was delayed. Coming to the United States changed and opened a lot of opportunities for my dream. However, the neighborhood and school I was brought up in New York was not a descent area – fraught with a gun-runned and gang infested neighborhood – another challenge that posed in my ability to achieving my dream. Yet, I was reluctant to forgo my dream, one more time again. Even in the schools, our teachers had very little resources to help us.

      I first heard about the Harlem children Society from a friend, who told me that the program give him a chance to work in laboratory, which he thought would never happen in his high school any time. I was then anxious to know what he was talking about, so I decided to ask my guardian counselor. My guardian counselor gave me all the information and before I know what happened, I was told to bring my report card and a recommendation letter from a science teacher. I packed all my paper work and gave it her. After a few weeks, my guardian counselor came to my class and told me and few of my friends to get ready because in two weeks – we had to go meet Dr. Sat for an interview. Although I did not know what the program was about, I was just happy to see what the program offered.

      As my first time being interviewed by a top scientist, I was very scared. I was asking myself, “what would he ask me, would he choose me, is he going to talk to me in a top scientific way,” and many other thoughts went through my head. As the number of students in the room decreased as they left after being interview, I was then called to be interviewed. As I could remember, I was shivering. I arrived at Dr. Sat’s table; I shook his hand as I was still shivering. He looked at me, smiled, and asked me to sit. At that moment millions of thought where running through my head, but then Dr. Sat made me feel comfortable by telling me that, he knew people from High School for Medical Science have very good students and he expects everyone to be top students. He then started talking to me in my own level of knowledge. I felt like I was just talking to a friend and answering question he was asking. After a few minutes, the interview process was over and I shook his hand and left the room feeling proud. After that interview, I knew that I could go to any other interview without having millions of thoughts hurting my head.

      I joined the Harlem Children Society program in 2006 during my high school sophomore year. It was the first time to ever join a paid scientific internship. At first as I was amazed by the fact that Dr. Sat Bhattacharya accepted me in the summer program. My first year, I was sent to be an intern with an ophthalmologist, Dr. Lee Angioletti and my research project was on an eye disease called ‘Age-related Macular Degeneration.’ It was my first and best sighting in the medicine world. I felt like part of a desired child.

      I was transferred to many different researches each summer and last year I had my best research experience at Columbia University with a very famous Neuroscientist, Dr. Oliver Hobert. He assigned me to work under the direct mentorship by a Post-Graduate Student, Paschalis Kratsios dealing with C-elegans. I studied transcription factors Vab-15 and Zag-1 and their role in coordinating the movements of C. elegans. I was published in the National Science Foundation (NSF) website thanks to Harlem Children Society. I was so excited that I could not believe it.

      Being in the program has showed me difference in people from different cultures and attributes. I got to meet a lot of different people – both traditionally and intellectually very similar to mine, and it made me feel at home and fit in. After my first stipend by the program, it was first time to ever go shopping for school supplies by myself and felt like an individual. The opportunity was once in a lifetime and it cannot be achieved in a million life times.

      After spending countless years doing research each summer, I was astonished when Dr. Sat Bhattarcharya called me during the afternoon and asked me to become an HCS staff member. Without thinking, I replied “yes,” because I know how it would feel to give back to the new upcoming students who don’t know about the life experiences that they were about to go through. I was hesitant to start right after my classes were done. While working in the summer, a lot of things were accomplished. Despite all the hard work and behind the scene things going on, we all felt like family in the office, because with any problem we had Dr. Sat was there to talk to us. He was more like a Boss/psychologist. Although the work is hard, we all enjoy the work, because in the end we all feel like we have achieved something great as a family.

      I intend to continue my life experience with HCS for many more years to come, and our new sister organization, ‘Association of Science & Society’ which Dr. Sat founded serving our global humanity.

  • Mr. Paramjit Singh, ITI Cert. Trade Photographer, Punjab EduSat Society

      ASS Staff Liaison, Punjab Wing

  • Shri. Sanchan Bhattarai, B.S. (Candidate),

      ASS Staff Liaison &Volunteer, Nepal Wing
      B.S. (Candidate; Criminal Justice & Computer Science), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, of the City University of New York, U.S.A.,
      H.S. Diploma, Nepal Police Higher Secondary Boarding School, Kathmandu, Nepal

      On the Friday night of Feb, 1984 around midnight I was born – of a proud mother, Nirmala Bhattarai.I am from a middle class family from Kathmandu, Nepal. My father is a Professor at Nepal Police School(former Dipendra Police School)and my mother was a teacher in school.Unfortunately for us, she she passed away afflicted with breast cancer. Since then, I have been trying to contribute my efforts on cancer awareness andhave been running marathons for the awareness of cancer.
      As a child growing up in Nepal, I was fortunate to attend a good school. I first heard about the Harlem Children Society from my friend Rishesh K.C, who told me that the HCS program gave him an opportunity to work with Dr. Sat. Moreover,supports of my family, educators, and friends have embraced mein getting success and reaching here to Dr. Sat at Harlem Children Society and itssister organization, ‘Association of Science & Society’.
      I graduated my high school from Nepal Police High School(former Dipendra Police School) in2002.I also graduated with a GED from Alexandria city public school, VA, USA. I was from the 13th batch of SLC examinees, and our batch received a Birendra Vidhya Rastriya Shield of 2001 from his majesty’s government, ministry of education and sports. I completed my Computer Diploma in software and hardware from Nobel Institute(P) LTD. on 2002. I was at Nobel Academy Higher Secondary School and College, Kathmandu, Nepal, from 2002 to 2004 as a Computer Teacher.
      Agreeing to this quote, “Diversity is the spice of life”. I started my life in US when I was 20 years old as an immigrant. I lived in Washington D.C. for the first few years. Then I came to New York in order to complete my undergraduate degree. I started at Borough of Manhattan Community College. I completed my associate credits there, and then transferred to John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I chose my major as Criminal Justice and my minor as Computer Science.
      Furthermore, I want to study Forensic Science and also explore the field of science and technology. I found Forensic Science really interesting because it gives individuals an opportunity to explore facts from different aspects of life. It analyzes evidences using science, math, and problem solving methods involving complex instruments and techniques.
      Forensic science is a part of science, and for me getting the opportunity to work at Association of Science & Society will be a big privilege. Moreover,I am really fortunate to be a part and get the opportunity from the founder, Dr. Sat and willing to contribute my experience to serve HCS, and our new sister organization, ‘Association of Science & Society’

  • Shri. Sushanta Khadka,

      HCS & AS&S Coordinator Assistant
      HCS Class of 2012,br>
      H.S. Diploma, Nepal Police Higher Secondary Boarding School, Kathmandu, Nepal