Joe Tanski earned his A.B. in chemistry from Vassar College in 1995. He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2000, after working in the field of inorganic chemistry with Peter T. Wolczanski. After completing a postdoctoral appointment with Gerard Parkin at Columbia University, he spent time as a substitute assistant professor at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice before returning to Vassar in 2003.
Dr. Tanski is a Member-At-Large for the Mid-Hudson section of the American Chemical Society and the Principal Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF – MRI 0521237, NSF-RUI – 0911324 and NSF-MRI – 1526982) supporting his research, the single crystal X-ray diffraction facility, and a 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. At Vassar Dr. Tanski is a member of the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee, recently served as the budget member of the Faculty Policy and Conference Committee, and was the Chair of the Chemistry Department for three years, 2011-2014.
Dr. Tanski is currently the Science Facilities Project Faculty Coordinator as Vassar revitalizes its science facilities for chemistry, biology, physics & astronomy, computer science, psychology and the science multidisciplinary programs, including construction of a new chemistry lab building, the “Bridge Building”. See the new Integrated Science Center.
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