University of Michigan
Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer
Noemi Mirkin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her Licenciado degree in Physics from the National University of Tucuman in 1973 and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1989. Mirkin's research has been in the general area of vibrational spectroscopic studies of peptide and protein structure. Over the years, her research interests have included a variety of topics in experimental infrared and Raman spectroscopy; vibrational analysis; surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy; quantum chemical studies of structures, energies and force fields of macromolecules; the development of physically reliable molecular mechanics energy functions to be used in the modeling of biomolecules. Beyond academics, she has been deeply involved with multiple organizations in activities geared to increasing the participation of women and minorities in science and engineering. She was awarded the University of Michigan's Sarah Goddard Power Award for scholarship, leadership and sustained service on behalf of women. She is currently serving on the Committee for a Multicultural University of the University of Michigan. She has also held leadership roles in the Association for Women in Science, the Council of the Michigan Chapter of Sigma Xi, the University of Michigan Hispanic Alumni Council, and the National Board of Directors of the University of Michigan Alumni Association. She is a member of Sigma Xi, the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, AAAS, and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. She served as member and then Chair of the APS Committee on the International Freedom of Scientists. She is currently serving the APS as Secretary/Treasurer of the Executive Committee of the Forum on International Physics.
Our greatest opportunity and challenge is to increase our membership base. To remain a healthy organization we not only need to recruit more members, but also to increase member participation at all levels. In addition, we need to strengthen the communication between the FIP Executive Committee and the FIP members; our members need to know what our organization is doing and how it affects them. It is important for the FIP to maintain a strong presence in matters of international issues. We must represent and bring to the forefront the interests of the foreign members of the APS. In this ever-changing world environment, the FIP has the opportunity to play a unique leadership role towards enhancing international cooperation in scientific research and technological development. Critical issues at this time are the barriers to the free flow of information and communication with international scientists. We must be aware, vigilant and proactive in maintaining these freedoms. As a candidate for this position, in addition to the specific duties of the Secretary/Treasurer, I will continue to work for the FIP in its efforts to provide a forum that supports and encourages scientific interactions in the international community. I welcome the opportunity to continue to have an active role in this organization.