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Neumark to lead chemistry department

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Daniel M. Neumark
Daniel M. Neumark

December 11, 2009

Chemistry professor Daniel M. Neumark has been selected to be the new Chair of the Department of Chemistry, to replace outgoing chair Michael Marletta. Neumark’s appointment, announced recently by College of Chemistry Dean Richard A. Mathies, will begin July 1, 2010.

Says Dean Mathies, “I have conducted a search over the past few months to select a faculty member to succeed Michael Marletta as Chair of the Chemistry Department. Following extensive discussions with the faculty, I am pleased to announce today that Dan Neumark has agreed to take up the reins for a four-year term as chair.”

Neumark, 54, is a leading authority on chemical dynamics and spectroscopy. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Harvard in 1977, spent a year at Cambridge University, then in 1984 obtained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry here in the college, where he worked with Nobel Laureate Y. T. Lee.

After a two-year stint as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Neumark joined our chemistry faculty. He has also directed the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) since 2000.

“As many of you know,” says Dean Mathies, “the past year has been a challenging one, and I am extremely thankful that Professor Marletta agreed to stay on for one additional year to help guide the chemistry department through this tough period. Please join me in taking this opportunity to thank him for his excellent service to the department and to welcome Professor Neumark to his new role in the college.”

Says Neumark, “It’s a great honor to have been selected as the next chair. I thank Dean Mathies for choosing me, and I thank Mike Marletta for his outstanding work in this challenging role over the last several years. I see my primary mission as maintaining Berkeley's position as the world's preeminent chemistry department, and I will be asking for lots of help from faculty and staff in order to succeed.”

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