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Commerce and Community: April 19, 2013

Commerce and Community: April 19, 2013

News from the local business community.

RPI professor earns national science award

TROY — Peter Dinolfo, an assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology in the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation.

Dinolfo, whose work contributes to the School of Science interdisciplinary “Water, Energy, and Sustainability” science theme, is the 15th CAREER award winner in the School of Science within the past 10 years.

He will use the five-year, $563,000 award to improve the efficiency of solar cells that use light-absorbing organic compounds — similar to the mechanism plants use to generate energy — rather than silicon to generate electricity.

Dinolfo joined RPI in August 2007, after a postdoctoral position at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his bachelor’s degree from the SUNY Geneseo.

Horwitz moves to Albany law practice

ALBANY — James D. Horwitz has joined Hiscock & Barclay in the law firm’s Albany office. Horwitz will focus his practice in the area of health care.

Horwitz, a resident of Queensbury, is a graduate of the Western New England College School of Law and Union College. He was previously a partner in Overton, Russell, Doerr and Donovan, and, prior to that, vice president of corporate responsibility and general counsel at Glens Falls Hospital for more than 22 years.

Horwitz has been a frequent lecturer before the Health Care Compliance Association and on health care compliance before the New York State Bar Association.

Kruger selected to be project manager

ALBANY — Omni Housing Development has named construction management executive Paul C. Kruger to the position of project manager.

Kruger brings 27 years of experience in construction and management, including international projects serving both the public and private sectors.

Kruger holds a master of finance degree from The Wharton School, as well as a master’s degree in accountancy and bachelor’s degrees in economics and civil engineering. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he flew jet aircraft and trained pilots.

Stankevich joins Desmond staff

ALBANY — Amanda Stankevich has joined The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center as catering sales manager.

Stankevich comes to The Desmond with five years of experience in event planning and sales, most recently as an event planner for Mallozzi’s in Rotterdam. During her time there, she planned many weddings and social events.

She also has several years of experience in radio, producing commercials for Clear Channel Radio.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre and communications from the University at Albany, and grew up in the Duanesburg area.

Stankevich is currently acting as president of the local Classic Theater Guild.

Sellers elected to medical group post

Dr. Joseph R. Sellers was elected assistant secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York at its 207th annual House of Delegates meeting in Tarrytown on April 13.

Board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics, Sellers serves as medical director of the Bassett Healthcare primary care practices in Schoharie and Schenectady counties.

Originally from Buffalo, Sellers earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at Albany Medical Center.

An attending physician in internal medicine and pediatrics at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Sellers is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he has served as a primary care clerkship preceptor for more than 20 years.

Sellers serves on the Schoharie County Board of Health, the Cobleskill Regional Hospital Board of Trustees and the executive board of the Otschodela Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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