Dean's Desk, Fall 1997

by Alexis T. Bell, Dean

  he dedication of Tan Hall and the College's 125th anniversary were celebrated on April 12, with an audience of over 400 alumni, friends, and faculty in attendance. Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien, Professor Yuan T. Lee, former Dean Brad Moore, and I spoke at the dedication ceremonies for Tan Hall and used this opportunity to thank the more than 2,000 individuals and companies who contributed to the support of the building campaign, as well as the large number of people who participated in the design, construction, and commissioning of the building. Everyone involved was genuinely pleased to see this important project completed after nearly 17 years of dedicated effort.

The Cal Band led throngs of people at the Tan Hall Dedication from the tent, where the speeches were delivered, to the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The celebration of the College's 125th anniversary was led off by Sir John Thomas's eloquent lecture entitled “Cornucopia of Chemistry,” in which he recalled the awesome array of knowledge that research in the chemical sciences has brought forward during the past 125 years, and the very significant contributions that many of the College's faculty have made during most of this past century. In the afternoon, Professor William Jolly gave an engaging summary of the College's founding and its early history, Professor Paul Bartlett spoke about research being conducted by the College's faculty on novel approaches for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and Professor Jeffrey Reimer discussed faculty research on the synthesis, characterization, and processing of novel materials. The presentations were completed with Professor Angelica Stacy's illustration of a module on the design and operation of airbags for automobiles, developed as part of a project for teaching chemistry in a novel and interactive fashion.

On September 7, Professor Glenn Seaborg received the official announcement that IUPAC had endorsed the naming of element 106 as Seaborgium. This is a truly historical event, and one that appropriately recognizes Professor Seaborg's longstanding contributions to the discovery of new elements, and in particular the elements of the transfermium series.

A new series of lectures entitled “Current Research for Staff” was inaugurated last spring with the aim of familiarizing the College's staff with the research being conducted by the faculty. Each month one of the faculty presents a lecture, after which there is a potluck luncheon for the staff. These lectures have been very well received and have been regularly attended by over half the staff. Another event aimed at bringing together faculty and staff was the faculty-staff picnic in Tilden Park hosted earlier this fall by the College. This was a very successful event that gave all who attended an opportunity to enjoy one another's company in a very relaxed atmosphere.

In closing, I would like to mention that on November 20, the ACS will dedicate Gilman Hall as a national historic chemical landmark. This event will occur immediately after the G. N. Lewis Era luncheon and will celebrate the important developments in chemistry that occurred in Gilman Hall during the first half of this century.