The Keck Science Department's new Dean was announced on April 6. Here is the text of the announcement:
On behalf of the Presidents of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ulysses J. (UJ) Sofia as the new dean of the Keck Science Department. His appointment will begin July 1, 2017 and he will hold the title of Weinberg Family Dean of the Keck Science Department.
By Hope Hamashige
Professor Kathleen Purvis-Roberts has been awarded a 2016-17 Jefferson Science Fellowship (JSF), a program run by the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Aaron Leconte, assistant professor of chemistry at the W.M. Keck Science Department, a collaboration between Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, has been awarded a three-year early career grant from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement. The $100,000 Cottrell Award will support Leconte’s research on the protein luciferase, a luminescent material produced by the North American firefly that can be used to track and record biological events and processes to better understand cancer, bacterial infections, and more.
More than 75 highly motivated students from Claremont McKenna, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges participated in the Keck Summer Science Research Symposium held at the W.M. Keck Science Department.
These symposia at Keck have been held for about a decade and are comprised entirely of student presentations of work performed in the science labs at Keck and abroad. The research was grouped into nine categories that represent all the major fields of science; everything from science on the scale of molecules to natural ecology studied in situ.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the W.M. Keck Science Department a number of competitive research grants, putting the department among the top in the nation in federal funding, speaking to the excellence of the faculty, students and research.
According to Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya, Director of Sponsored Research and Science Liaison at the W.M. Keck Science Department, federal research faculty grants from the department are enjoying a 50 percent success rate and are well above the national average, which hovers between 10-15 percent.