Dean's Desk

Alexis T. Bell, Dean

 The construction of Tan Hall continues to progress. The exterior of the building is nearly complete and most of the work is now focused on the interior. Several laboratories on the basement levels are far enough along that it is possible to envision what the final product will look like. With completion of the building expected this fall, the faculty who will occupy labs in Tan Hall have begun to plan for the move in. We will keep you posted as plans develop for the formal inauguration of the building.

 I am very pleased to announce that Chemistry Professor Robert G. Bergman has accepted my offer to serve as Assistant Dean, starting February 1, 1996. In this position, he will assist me in dealing with various issues concerning the College infrastructure, in addition to working on planning and allocation of space. We are grateful to Professor David Wemmer for his service as Assistant Dean since 1992. The time and energy that he has devoted to the job have contributed significantly to the operation of the College and are very much appreciated.

 After five years of constrained State budgets, there is finally some hope that the worst is soon to be behind us. Governor Wilson is continuing to honor his pledge, made a year ago, to increase the budget of UC by 4 percent per annum for four years. Since it has been proposed that student fees should not increase next year, the Governor has asked the legislature to make up the difference. So, if the political forces do not alter his proposal, the campus can expect to see a 6 percent increase in support next year. This certainly is good news, only partially offset by UC's need to achieve $10 million in "efficiency" savings.

 The other good news is that students continue to seek admission to Berkeley. Applications for undergraduate enrollment are up 8 percent campuswide relative to this time last year, and applications for graduate enrollment are increasing, as well. Within the College, applications to both departments have increased slowly at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 The College took great pride last October in learning that its alumnus Mario Molina (Ph.D. Chemistry '72) was among three scientists who shared the Nobel prize in Chemistry (see story, page 23). Dr. Molina has greatly contributed to an understanding of elementary processes occurring in the atmosphere and was among the first to point out the deleterious effects of chlorofluorocarbons on the ozone layer. Dr. Molina is currently Professor of Chemistry at MIT and will be this year's commencement speaker.

 Another source of pride was the National Research Council rankings which placed the Department of Chemistry first in the nation and the Department of Chemical Engineering third. Our thanks to all of you whose support contributed so materially to the excellence of the College.

 The chemistry and chemical engineering of biological processes and of new materials have emerged as two of the principal areas for research in the College. New strategies are being developed for the synthesis of materials exhbiting either biological activity (e.g., pharmacological activity) or desired physical properties (e.g., superconducting properties), and for understanding the physical and chemical properties of such materials through both experimental and theoretical methods. The development of effective means for the processing of materials and production via biochemical methods are also under investigation. A major objective of the College is to raise funds for modern laboratories devoted to materials synthesis and characterization. This effort is part of the campus' Campaign for the New Century. 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.