Lloyd Ferguson Lecture 2003

January 22, 2002





Margie Yu
Public Affairs Spec.
(323) 343-3047


of Events

Award-Winning Chemistry Professor Joseph S. Francisco Will Be
Cal State L.A.'’s Lloyd Ferguson Distinguished Lecturer

Los Angeles, CA -- On Friday, February 7, California State University, Los Angeles will present its annual Lloyd N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture entitled “The Challenges of Achieving Faculty Diversity in the Sciences in this New Century” by Joseph S. Francisco, professor of chemistry at Purdue University. This lecture is free to the public and will begin 1 p.m. at the Monterey Hill Steakhouse, 3700 Ramona Boulevard, Monterey Park.

Joseph S. Francisco completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin with honors, and he received his Ph.D. in chemical physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1983. Francisco spent 1983-1985 as a research fellow at Cambridge University in England, and following that he returned to MIT as a provost postdoctoral fellow. In 1986, he was appointed assistant professor at Wayne State University. In 1991, he was a visiting associate in planetary science at California Institute of Technology. He accepted an appointment as professor of chemistry and earth and atmospheric sciences at Purdue University in January, 1985.

Francisco has received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award. He received the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Outstanding Teacher Award. In 1993, Francisco was a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, which he spent at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory located in the California Institute of Technology. He received an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentor Award in 1994. In 1995, he received a Percy L. Julian Award for Pure and Applied Research from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. He was a Sigma Xi National Lecturer from 1995 to 1997. He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was recently awarded an Alexander von Humboldt U.S. Senior

Scientist Award by the German government, as well as being appointed a senior visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy.

Francisco has been appointed to and served on committees for the National Research Council, National Science Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has been a member of the Naval Research Advisory Committee for the Department of Navy (appointed by the Secretary of the Navy, 1994-1996). He has served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Spectrochimica Acta Part A and Advances in Environmental Research. He is a co-author of the textbook, Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics, published by Prentice-Hall. He has also published more than 300 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of atmospheric chemistry, chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry, laser photochemistry and spectroscopy.

Established in 1995 in honor of Lloyd N. Ferguson, a current Cal State L.A. emeritus professor of chemistry, The Lloyd N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture brings experts in the field of science to the Cal State L.A. campus. Dr. Ferguson, who retired from an illustrious 21-year career at Cal State L.A. in 1986, has authored more than 50 journal articles and seven textbooks. His research has spanned the areas of cancer chemotherapy, the relationship between structure and biological activity, and the functioning of our sense of taste. He was chairman of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Education, served as director of Cal State L.A.’s Minority Biomedical Research Support program from its inception in 1973 through 1984, and was program director for many National Science Foundation teaching and research participation programs. Before coming to Cal State L.A., he taught in the Chemistry Department at Howard University for 20 years. His numerous distinctions include honorary doctorates, the CSU Outstanding Professor Award, the Chemical Manufacturers Association Award in Chemical Education, and the American Chemical Society Award in Chemical Education. He has served as a role model for many hundreds of minority students who have entered careers in science and technology.

This lecture is sponsored by the College of Natural and Social Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Cal State L.A. Unless otherwise directed, guests should park in areas with permit dispensers (Parking Structure II, Lot C and Lot G). For more information on the Lloyd N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture, call the MORE Program at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-2395.


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