Public Affairs Asst.,
Cal State L.A.
Tribute to Cal State L.A. Outstanding Chemistry Professor
as Part of the University's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Los Angeles, CA -- October 31, 1997 -- On Friday, November
7, California State University, Los Angeles will present "The
Legacy of Lloyd Ferguson," a special tribute to scientist/educator
Lloyd N. Ferguson by William A. Lester, Jr., distinguished professor
of Chemistry at UC Berkeley. The event, part of Cal State L.A.'s
50th Anniversary Celebration, is free to the public and will begin
1 p.m. in the Roybal Institute, Salazar Hall C120,
on the Cal State L.A. campus.
Chemistry professor William A. Lester, Jr., who earned
his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from
The Catholic University of America, is the principal investigator
for the Chemical Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory. Dr. Lester has also held research positions at the
National Bureau of Standards, the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
and the IBM Research Division.
Lester's research interests include electronic structure and collision
dynamics of molecular systems. In 1974, he was awarded IBM's Outstanding
Contribution Award for his research on energy transfer in molecules
by the impact of atoms and molecules. His research in recent
years has focused primarily on molecular electronic structure
and he has been a major developer of the quantum Monte Carlo method.
He has over 150 scientific publications and has served on the
editorial board of leading journals in his field. Lester has
also served in various capacities in many professional organizations
and he has just completed a four-year term on the Board of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Established in 1995 in honor of Lloyd N. Ferguson, 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
Dr. Ferguson, who had an illustrious 21-year career at Cal State
L.A., 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.
Ferguson's 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 School 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 or meters (Parking Structure II,
Lot C and Lot G). For more information on the Lloyd N. Ferguson
Distinguished Lecture, call (323) 343-2300.
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