The Dean's Desk

Alexis T. Bell, Dean

The day we have all been waiting for is soon to come. In about a month, the doors to Tan Hall will open and thirteen research groups will begin their move into new laboratories. Completion of Tan Hall marks the end of a fifteen-year effort to add a new building to the College and would not have been possible if not for the many individuals who devoted an enormous amount of effort to seeing the project through. We are also eternally grateful to the many donors--individual, foundation, and corporate--who have contributed to the $27 million raised toward the $40 million project cost. A formal dedication of Tan Hall is scheduled for April 12, 1997, at which time the College will have the opportunity to thank all who contributed to this very important effort.

The completion of Tan Hall does not mark the end of the College's efforts to modernize its facilties. As I have mentioned in a previous Dean's Desk, the College has received an NSF Academic Research Infrastructure grant to renovate laboratories in Latimer Hall that are used for research in biochemical engineering, and bioinorganic and bioorganic chemistry. Together with the matching funds provided by the Chancellor and the College, this project provides $4.4 million to renovate approximately 10,000 square feet. The College is also seeking $11 million as part of the Campaign for the New Century to renovate additional laboratories devoted to research on the synthesis of novel biomedical products and to the design, synthesis, and characterization of novel materials. I fully expect that for the next few years we will see a steady and progressive modernization of research space in the College.

Several changes in the administration of the College have occurred during the past six months. In March, Bob Bergman took over from Dave Wemmer as Assistant Dean, and in July, Paul Bartlett took over from Ken Raymond as Chair of the Department of Chemistry. I am extremely grateful to Dave and Ken for their service, and I am delighted that Bob and Paul have agreed to take on their new assignments. The participation of our faculty in the administration and governance of the College is what helps maintain the strength of the unit.

Changes have also occurred in the College's nonacademic staff. After 33 years of active service and three years of recall service, Harry Chiladakis, the College Engineer, has decided to devote himself to projects outside the College. Harry's dedicated service to the College and to its faculty is legendary, and his efforts have enabled the College to continually maintain and improve its infrastructure. I am very pleased to announce that following a national search, the College has been successful in recruiting Alex Shtromberg to serve as the new College Engineer. Alex was most recently employed at LBNL and has extensive expertise in the design and renovation of research laboratories. Two other staff members have joined as well. Kurt Dreger will serve as the College's EH&S Specialist and Kathleen Durkin will serve as the manager of the Graphics facility.

Our faculty continue to gain recognition. During the last six months, Peter Schultz was chosen as the California Scientist of the Year by the California Museum of Science and Industry, Carolyn Bertozzi was selected to be a Pew Scholar, and Roya Maboudian and Yeon Kyun Shin received Hellman awards.

Next October the College will inaugurate a College-level Advisory Board, comprised of nineteen distinguished representatives of industry and academe. We expect the Board to help us define the educational needs of future chemical scientists, opportunities for research in new areas, and ways in which the College can improve its interactions with various segments of industry. The faculty and I are looking forward to working with the Board and seeking ways to further strengthen the educational and research efforts of the College.

Finally, I want to note that Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien has recently announced that he will resign as Chancellor by the end of this academic year. We are all enormously appreciative of what he has done for the campus during the past six years, which have been among the most trying because of the serious loss of state support. His enthusiasm and support of Cal have been boundless, and his encouragement and spirit have served us extremely well. Students, faculty, and staff will all remember Chancellor Tien with respect and admiration for his dedication and service.