News Release| Lloyd N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture Series; Cal State L.A.

February 11, 2011

2011 Ferguson Lecturer to communicate about the future of smart technology

Cal State L.A. to hold Ferguson Courtyard dedication ceremony

Los Angeles, CA – “Taking High Technology Beyond the iPhone”—the topic of Cal State L.A.’s 13th annual Lloyd N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture Series—will be presented on Friday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m., at Cal State L.A.’s Golden Eagle Ballroom.

Larry R. Dalton—the George B. Kauffman Professor of Chemistry and Electrical Engineering, the B. Seymour Rabinovitch Chair Professor of Chemistry, and the Director of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research at the University of Washington—will deliver the lecture, which is free to the public.  

Dalton’s current research is focused on theory-inspired design of organic electroactive (particularly electro-optic) materials and the integration of such materials with silicon photonics. An author of more than 550 publications, he received his bachelor’s degree from the Honors College of Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. 

Dalton is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a fellow of the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Optical Society of America, and Security Professionals Information Exchange Society. His accolades include the Quality Education for Minorities/Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Network’s 2005 Giants in Science Award.

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Established in 1995 in honor of a Cal State L.A. emeritus professor of chemistry, The Lloyd N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture brings science experts to the Cal State L.A. campus.

Prior to the Feb. 18 lecture, a dedication ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the official naming of the Lloyd N. Ferguson Courtyard, located in between La Kretz Hall and Wing B of the University’s Wallis Annenberg Integrated Sciences Complex.  (Reporters are welcome to attend.)

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 covered 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. A reputable scientist and educator, he has served as a role model for many hundreds of underserved 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 C, Lot 5 and Lot 7).  For reservations or more details on the Lloyd N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture, call (323) 343-2300.

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