CSLA Professor of the Year


CONTACT: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant

(323) 343-3050

Carnegie Foundation Honors Top Professor in California

Los Angeles, October 20, 1995 -- The Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching recently named Thomas P. Onak,
Professor of Chemistry at California State University, Los Angeles,
the 1995 California Professor of the Year. He was selected from
nearly 550 faculty members nominated by colleges and universities
throughout the country.

Dr. Onak has been a distinguished member of the Cal State L.A.
faculty since 1959. He was one of the first faculty members at
a public-supported university to receive the American Chemical
Society Award for Research at an undergraduate institution. His
honors include the 1992 Distinguished Achievements Award in Boron
Science, Public Health Service Research Career Center Development
Award from 1973 to 1978, the Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor
Awards, 1968-69, and a Fulbright Research Scholar Award for 1965-66.

In addition to such honors, Onak has more than 130 publications
to his credit, including one book and over 20 scientific review
chapters. More than 70 of his publications have been co-authored
by his research students who have studied and apprenticed under
his direction.

He also has been awarded more than 40 grants, totaling more than
$2.5 million from agencies such as the National Science Foundation
and the National Institutes of Health. A major portion of these
grants has been for the support of both undergraduate and master's
degrees students during their studies at CSLA.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) established
the Professors of the Year program in 1981 and works in cooperation
with The Carnegie Foundation and various higher education associations
in its administration.

This year, Carnegie Foundation announced winners in 49 states
and the District of Columbia. CASE assembled two preliminary panels
of judges to select most of the state winners and the national
finalists. The Carnegie Foundation then convened a special panel,
which selected the remaining state winners in addition to four
national winners. Onak was selected from among 36 nominees in

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a policy
center located in Princeton, New Jersey, is devoted to strengthening
America's schools and colleges.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is an international
association of colleges, universities, and independent elementary
and secondary schools. Representing these institutions are professionals
in the fields of alumni relations, communication, and fund raising.
For further information about the award, contact Tony Pals at
CASE, (202) 328-5980.

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