Message from Chair Reginald Penner
January 23, 2015
Winter is my favorite time in Southern California because the winter rains turn the landscape green. Over the last couple of years, that transformation hasn't occurred because of our drought, but we have green hills once again this winter, and it’s beautiful.
A similar transformation has happened in our undergraduate teaching laboratories. Many of these labs date back to the 1960’s. Since we are one of the largest Chemistry teaching enterprises in the country, the wear and tear on these labs has been substantial in 50 years of constant use. We have just completed renovating two of these labs, transforming them into beautiful, state-of-the-art teaching spaces for our undergraduate students (see photo at right), and we are currently installing new instrumentation. More work remains to be done and the renovations of other teaching labs are continuing. We are grateful to the supporters of the School of Physical Sciences Dean’s Fund, who helped make this possible. We look forward to providing an upgraded experience in Chemistry laboratory to all of our undergraduate students very soon.
With best regards,