Message from Chair Reginald Penner
September 28, 2015
Today is the first day of classes for Fall Quarter 2015. This freshmen class is our fiftieth since the founding of UCI in 1965. Earlier this month, we also welcomed 31 new graduate students to our fiftieth graduate class in the Department. In the fall of 1965, we had only three! This data is pulled from a wonderful recollection of the history of UCI Chemistry authored by Hal Moore, that you can download here: (small version 7MB, large version 238MB)
In fifty years, Chemistry has grown from a faculty of 7, to a faculty of 49 and a ranking in the top 25 nationwide. The 7 founders who put us on the path to success were: Dave Brant, Don Bunker, Marjorie Caserio, Ed K.C. Lee, Hal Moore, F. Sherry Rowland (the first chair of Chemistry), and Bob Taft. Dave, Hal, and Marjorie will celebrate with us next week at a Founder's Day celebration on the UCI campus. We also welcome our newest faculty: Jim Smith, an atmospheric chemist from NOAA (the National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and Michael Green, a bioinorganic chemist formerly of Penn State University.
As a Department, we focus on our goals for the future but in this golden anniversary year, we are also celebrating our history, especially the very special people who launched our Department 50 years ago today.