as Part of the University's 50th Anniversary Celebration
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 L.A. campus.
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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