by Kenneth Raymond, Chemistry Department Chair


We have come to the end of another eventful academic year. While we continue to have a financial drought, Nature more than made up for this with an extraordinarily wet year. Happily, the rain stopped for graduation. I had the honor to bestow 59 Bachelor of Science degrees, 14 Bachelor of Arts degrees, one Master of Science degree, and 46 Ph.D.s in Chemistry. Including those who didn't attend, the total degrees awarded were 78, 16, 15, and 84, respectively. It was a wonderful occasion with a larger participation from families and friends than any previous College commencement. It's marvelous to see the proud parents, spouses, children and friends (some of them shouting from the balconies of Latimer Hall as their previous lab mate walks up for the degree). It is one of those occasions that makes me realize once again how fortunate I am to be a teacher and to be at Berkeley.

 After three cycles of voluntary early retirement programs in earlier years, the number of our faculty has now bottomed out as we continue to recruit new colleagues. This year Carolyn Bertozzi will join our faculty effective July 1, 1995. Carolyn did her Ph.D. studies at Berkeley in Professor Bednarski's laboratory, where she developed new synthetic methodology for the synthesis of carbon-linked analogs of sugars. As a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Rosen's lab at UC San Francisco, Carolyn has characterized sulfonated carbohydrate epitopes responsible for leukocyte adhesion at sites of chronic inflammation. She is generally interested in the participation of carbohydrate molecules in signal transduction within cells. Her work bridges traditional organic chemistry and biology. She had other very attractive offers and we are pleased that she has chosen to come to Berkeley, beginning her research and teaching duties on January 1, 1996.

 Another addition to our faculty is Ron Cohen, an atmospheric scientist. Ron also received his Ph.D. from Berkeley (with Rich Saykally), then using far-infrared laser spectroscopy to study radicals, complexes, ions, and clusters. He has been a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Anderson at Harvard, where he has worked on the real-time measurement of free radical species (OH, HO2, NO, NO2, ClO and BrO) that, in extremely low concentrations, are important intermediates or dynamical tracers for the chemistry of the stratosphere and upper troposphere. In short, Ron is interested in understanding the chemistry behind the normal atmosphere (particularly ozone production) and what could be called the pathological chemistry associated with environmental pollution. He plans to build instruments to make observations of radicals in the earth's atmosphere using long-range, high-flying, remotely piloted aircraft that soon will be deployed by NASA. Several other departments were very interested in Ron's recruitment. He will have a joint appointment in Geology and Geophysics as part of their program in atmospheric sciences. Ron was also strongly recruited elsewhere but, after completing his second year of his postdoctoral research, he will arrive at Berkeley early in the summer of 1996.

 Meanwhile, our other faculty members have been busy, productive, and receiving awards and recognition. In April we learned that David Chandler and Clayton Heathcock had been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, Heathcock has been named as the Royal Society of Chemistry's Centenary Medalist. We also learned that Professors Saykally and Chandler have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Yeon-Kyun Shin has been named a Searle Scholar and Angy Stacy received the Chemical Manufacturers Association Catalyst Teaching Award. Martin Head-Gordon received a Sloan Fellowship and a Hellman Award. Alex Pines has been recognized by his colleagues in the Berkeley Academic Senate by being named as a Faculty Research Lecturer for 1996. Paul Bartlett and Sung-Hou Kim have been appointed Miller Research Professors for the 1995-96 and 1996-97 academic years, respectively. Jim Leahy will receive a Regents Junior Faculty Fellowship for this summer.

Life in the Chemistry office had a few changes during the last six months. Beverly Skinner returned to the College of Chemistry (she had previously served in the Chemistry Department payroll office) as an Administrative Specialist in charge of academic personnel. Unfortunately, Amelia Binas, supervisor of Payroll, has been on medical leave the last several months. We miss Amelia and wish her and her family well.

 This year John Arnold was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and Angy Stacy and Paul Alivisatos were promoted to full Professor. We hope to continue active recruiting for new faculty this year, partly in anticipation of the completion of Tan Hall, which will release space for chemistry. A project funded by the Academic Research Infrastructure program of the NSF is about to begin that will involve renovation of major portions of the western part of Latimer Hall. Since most of the laboratory space in Latimer Hall was constructed in the early 1960s, a lot of renovation is needed to keep up with the needs for modern synthetic chemistry. I hope to have more good news on this subject in my summer report next year!


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