FACSS Student Award and Tomas A. Hirschfeld Award


FACSS Student Awardee: James R. Hands

James R. Hands graduated from the University of Central Lancashire, UK, in July 2012 with a 1st class BSc. (Hons) in Forensic Science. During his time as an undergraduate student, James was a junior research associate in the Bioanalytical Sciences Research Group laboratory headed by Dr Matthew J. Baker. Presently, James is an Analytical Chemistry Ph.D candidate at the University of Central Lancashire in the Bioanalytical Sciences Research group where he is developing rapid spectroscopic methodologies for brain cancer diagnosis in collaboration with clinical partners at Royal Preston NHS Foundation Trust and The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust supported by Brain Tumour North West and the Sydney Driscoll Neuroscience Foundation. His research interests focus on spectroscopic diagnostics with real world applications. His research work has established a robust and highly reproducible diagnostic method for the diagnosis of brain cancer with high sensitivities and specificities using patient sera and ATR-FTIR. This work has resulted in 4 publications with 2 front covers of the journals of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry and the Journal of Biophotonics. In addition to the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies Student Award, he has also been awarded Best Clinical Poster at the British Neuro-oncology Society Annual Meeting 2013 and awarded a prize at the National Health Service (NHS) Research & Innovation Showcase 2013 at Royal Preston Hospital, UK.

Tomas Hirschfeld Awardees:  Andrew J. Schwartz and Mengliang Zhang

Andrew (Andy) Schwartz
hails from northern Indiana, where, in 2010, he earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Huntington University (HU).  While attending HU, Andy was actively involved in the chemistry department and served as the department’s head laboratory assistant and chemical storeroom manager from January 2007 to May 2010.  In addition to working in the department, he was also involved in a variety of chemistry research projects. Two of these projects were performed under Professor Ruth Nalliah, and involved studies of the effects of solvent conditions on the UV-Visible and NMR spectra of CdSe quantum dots and nickel porphyrins.  Additionally, in collaboration with Dr. David Bell of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Andy assisted in a research project that focused on determination of the stability of anthocyanin molecules under physiological conditions. Presently, Andy is a Ph.D. Candidate in Professor Gary Hieftje’s lab at Indiana University. His graduate research has focused on development, characterization, and application of a novel, low-power source for atomic emission spectrometry, the solution-cathode glow discharge. Since beginning his work in the Hieftje Lab, Andy has presented seven lectures/posters at various conferences and authored/coauthored five peer-reviewed publications. In recognition of his research accomplishments, he has been awarded the Robert and Marjorie Mann Chair Fellowship and Kraft Fellowship (both from Indiana University), as well as a 2013 Barbara Stull Graduate Student Award from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

Mengliang Zhang obtained his B.S. in Pharmacy Engineering and M.S. in Microbiological and Biochemical Pharmacy from Jilin University, China, and started his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Ohio University in 2010.  Mengliang for his first two years was working on method development for a project related to a local DOE site that was contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls under the direction of Dr. Glen Jackson (West Virginia University).  He developed a soil extraction method and was using a portable ion trap GC/MS for the analysis.  After he joined Dr. Peter Harrington’s group in 2012, his research focused on the development of high throughput methods for the determination of environmental pollutants [e.g., polychlorinated biphenyls, trichloroethylene (TCE)] with chemometrics.  Recently he used multivariate calibration method to resolve overlapped ion packets of TCE and deuterated TCE and constructed calibration model to determine the ratio of TCE to deuterated TCE.  This approach will be applicable to many problems that require the calibration of analytes measured by mass spectrometer using isotopically labeled standards.  He is also interested in developing the automatic pipeline for the identification of active components in vegetables with LC/MS and chemometric methods. He has co-authored 15 peer reviewed papers since 2010. 


These awards recognize the most outstanding papers submitted to the conference by a graduate student. Recipients, who must be a graduate student at the time of application, will receive economy travel to the meeting, complimentary registration, and up to 6 nights complimentary hotel accommodations.  In order to have their presentation considered for a Tomas Hirschfeld Award or FACSS Student Award, students should submit their abstract using the SciX web site and indicate on the abstract submission form their interest in the award, complete this form, and submit form and following information electronically to facss@facss.org

a) This form. 

b) 250 word abstract of the proposed presentation for the SciX conference which is presented by FACSS. 

c) Two letters of nomination, one by the student’s mentor. An explanation of the inventive contributions by the student to the work should be given. Creativity was a primary characteristic of Tomas's work, and thus should be a characteristic of the awardee.

d) A copy of the candidates resumé. 

e) A copy of the candidate's graduate transcript. 

f) Copies of reprints and/or preprints of research accomplished. 

The recipients will be included in a session highlighting young scientists and their work.

Deadline is April 30.

Name of Candidate:___________________________________________________________







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