I hope you enjoy this inaugural newsletter from the School of Physical Sciences at UC Irvine! I am honored to have been appointed to serve asDean of this dynamic and diverse group of scientists, educators, students, and staff. As a Professor of Chemistry at UC Irvine since 1992, I have had many opportunities to observe the great work going on in our School and watch the national and international recognition of our work increase every year.
Since it was established in 1965, the School of Physical Sciences has advanced to the top echelon ofacademia in a remarkably short time. In a recent assessment of research-doctorate programs conducted by the National Research Council, each of our four departments was ranked at or above the 15th percentile - rare across-the-board excellence.
If you'll take a moment to explore this newsletter, you'll see examples of the remarkable accomplishments of our researchers, who also embrace the teaching mission of a publicuniversity. Our faculty are not only leading the world in addressing today's problems - we're simultaneously teaching the scientists who will be solving tomorrow's problems. Perhaps more than in any other School, teaching and research are closely linked in the School of Physical Sciences, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. With few exceptions, each of our faculty members teaches a freshman or sophomore level class each year, as well as welcoming students into his or her research group.
Teaching the science curriculum is always a challenge, especially laboratory classes that require specialized equipment. During this time of financial difficulty, I am directing all contributions from alumni toward either undergraduate laboratory renovation or summer research fellowships for undergraduate and graduate research students. If you are kind enough to make a contribution, please feel free to specify which category and/or to which Department your gift should bedirected.
I hope you will take advantage of upcoming opportunities to get involved with our School - especially next week's presentation in our quarterly Breakfast Lecture Series , and experience firsthand the global impact of our scientists.
I thank you for your continued interest in our School, and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon.