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A Time of Growth

CHEMISTRY AT USF, 1960-2004

"May thy glory, fame and honor never cease to grow"


Graduate Studies

The graduate program started in the fall of 1965, as noted in Chapter 1, and it was a program that attracted dedicated faculty and students, with intense interest on the part of the faculty. The first student to complete the masters program was Barrett Johnson, an advisee of Dr. Terence Owen's. Mr. Johnson is now an attorney in Tallahassee. He experienced, at the oral defense of his thesis, a large audience of all the graduate students and faculty and some undergraduates as well. And for many years, a goodly audience could be counted on for the masters defenses, then for the doctoral dissertation defenses.

One problem was creditability, and how to achieve it. Oversight was one approach. For the masters, this was provided by committees and by attendance at the defenses. When it came to doctoral dissertations, the University established the policy of requiring external examiners to serve as Chairs of defense committees. Thus. Professor Willard Libby served as external examiner for one doctoral dissertation. In time, the university realized that it cost significant dollars to bring in distinguished external examiners, so the custom of external examiners continued, but persons were recruited from other departments for the most part. For example, I served as a Chairman of a defense committee for two committees in Psychology, one in English, and one in Engineering. We still invite distinguished colleagues from outside the university, and presumably the custom will continue.


Table 4-1. Advanced degree graduates in Chemistry, 1964 - Present.

Decade M.S.* Ph.D*
* The masters program commenced in September of 1965,
and the Ph.D. program commenced in September of 1968.
1964 - 1973 36 6
1974 - 1983 23 31
1984 - 1993 37 41
1994 - 2002 35 58


Funding

Obviously, supporting a graduate program requires some degree of external funding, and the history of funding for the Department is summarized in Table 4-2, together with a comparison with the total grants and contracts for the University.

As noted earlier (Chapter 1), the research was not an encouraged activities in the early days of chemistry at USF, but the administration changed the point of view as time passed, and it became evident that there was a need to seek external funding in an organized way. The first Director of Sponsored Research was Dr. Leslie F. Malpass, who left in 1965 to become Dean of Liberal arts at Virginia Tech, then became president at Western Illinois. Dr. Malpass was Chairman of Behavioral Science in the College of Basic Studies, and was Director of Sponsored Research on a part-time basis. When he left in the summer of 1965, Dr. William H. Taft, a geologist, was appointed the first full-time Director of Sponsored Research.

The change in attitude occurred over the first three years of USF's existence, as members of the administration must have realized that research was a necessary component of a major university. Also, the Board of Control authorized development of graduate programs in 1964 (Cooper and Fisher, 1982), and seeking money became an issue.

It was certainly was not a major pre-occupation in the pre-department days, owing to administrative activities (perceived or real), but chemists did a commendable job. The first grant in chemistry was obtained by Dr. T. W. Graham Solomons, Instructor in Chemistry. He applied to the Research Corporation for a grant of $3340 on January 5, 1961, in a two-page proposal, and he was funded (Fig. 4-1).

Subsequently, Dr. Jesse S. Binford, Jr. came to USF in the fall of 1961 and brought with him a research grant.


Fig 4-1

Fig 4-1. Copy of a portion of Chemistry's first research proposal, submitted by Dr. Solomons in January, 1961.


Table 4-2. Summary of external funding for the Department of Chemistry , 1964 - 2002.

Fiscal Year Faculty * Chemistry Grants, $ ** University Grants, $ **
* Tenure-track faculty from catalogues.
** Data from Division of Sponsored Research, courtesy Ms. Rebecca Puig.
2001/02 23 1,540,834 207,900,000
1999/00   297,091 186,165,920
1998/99 27 396,079 171,281,729
1997/98   179,939 161,322,806
1996/97   434,354 106,027,562
1995/96   502,440 103,009,152
1994/95   384,185 104,176,400
1993/94   523,486 83,818,858
1992/93   854,994 65,310,339
1991/92   569,822 50,666,466
1990/91     57,407,702
1989/90   488,719 54,042,274
1988/89   1,439,607 55,890,410
1987/88   809,563 37,377,773
1986/87   1,672,150 31,502,110
1985/86   375,944 23,320,795
1984/85   305,015 21,991,557
1983/84   327,765 19,831,782
1982/83   314,636 11,373,848
1981/82      
1980/81      
1979/80 27 156,364 10,726,225
1978/79   310,130 14,768,239
1977/78 25 378,899 12,771.848
1976/77 25 107,323 7,380,743
1975/76 30    
1974/75 30    
1973/74 25    
1972/73 24    
1971/72 23 217,243 3,798,841
1970-71 19    
1969-70      
1968-69      
1967-68      
1966-67      
1965-66      
1964-65      


Other proposals were written and funded, of course, and one of these was an Undergraduate Research Proposal with Dr. Jack E. Fernandez as the Principal Investigator. The grant provided funds for a summer stipend for a select number of students, who were assigned to faculty members who had agreed to serve as research mentors. In 1964, for example, a group of these students presented the results of their investigations in a one-day symposium. The range and degree of sophistication of the topics is impressive.


Table 4-3. NSF Undergraduate Research Participation Program in Chemistry (August 7, 1964) *

Student Advisor Topic
* Abstracts of papers presented on Friday August 7, 1964; information courtesy of Dr. Michael Barfield.
Daniel H Garcia Dr. Binford High Temperature Calorimetry
Gilbert J. Pitisci Dr. Maybury Amine Complexes of Aluminum Hydrides of Aluminum Hydride
Ronald Fernandez Dr. Maybury Structure and Reactions of Aluminum Hydride
Anthony A. Moore Dr. Fernandez Transannular Interactions Across Small Rings
Jose E. Ramirez Dr. Barfield NMR Coupling Constants and Bond Angles in Cycloölefins
William Alford Dr. Owen The Radiochemistry of Aqueous Solutions of the Amino Acid Cystine
Ronald W. Novak Dr. Wenzinger A Study of Lead Tetraacetate Cleavages
Charles Voigt Dr. Solomons Diazapentalene
Wm J. Ferree, Jr. Dr. Solomons Synthesis of a New Aromatic Heterocyclic System
Clifton Bridges Dr. Solomons Synthesis of a New Heterocyclic Aromatic System
Carole Bennett Dr. Whitaker N/A


Publications

Publication of research results is a tradition of long standing in academe, and this was a tradition that Charter Faculty members and those that followed managed to continue.

There are various ways of find out the number of publications produced by faculty members in a given department. Asking for a list annually is a logical approach, but the early record are not available, even assuming that this was done on a regular basis, and I personally can't remember being asked for a list on an annual basis the first few years that I was here. I was careful to maintain an accurate CV, as did many faculty members, but in truth, a list of publications for all faculty members was just prepared for 2002 and presented on the Department web site.

An alternative approach, used here, was to consult the American Chemical Society's Directory of Graduate Research. This useful publication is a compilation of Chemistry Departments with doctoral programs. And for each department there is a list of each faculty member, the students who completed graduate theses/dissertations and the list of publications for each faculty member. This information is obtained by sending a questionnaire to each recognized department. The system is far from foolproof for it presumes a response from each department (and apparently our department managed to miss a questionnaire for a recent edition). It also presumes an enthusiasm of faculty members for correctly listing the required information. In that connection, the ACS has taken the trouble to look up the publications for each faculty member using the Chemical Abstracts Service databases. Unfortunately errors can be made, and if they are careless or don't answer the questionnaire, faculty members can get credit for publications obviously written by someone else.

This may seem like a long preamble to noting that the number of publications obtained for this section came from looking at past issues of Directory of Graduate Research in the University library and trying to be accurate and discard some extraneous publications. The list is provided below in Table 4-4.


Table 4-4. Summary of faculty size and papers published as listed in the American Chemical Society Directory of Graduate Research.

Edition Years Faculty Papers Listed
2003 2001, 2002 -- --
2001 1999, 2000 -- --
1999 1997, 1998 21 116
1997 1995, 1996 25 79
1995 1993, 1994 26 103
1991 1989, 1990 27 84
1989 1987, 1988 29 77
1987 1985, 1986 28 99
1985 1983, 1984 26 93
1983 1981, 1982 25 77
1981 1979, 1980 25 63
1979 1977, 1979 27 75
1977 1975, 1976 27 71
1975 1973, 1974 -- --
1973 1971, 1972 -- --
1971 1969, 1970 23 58


The significance of this information is open to discussion. It generally shows an increase in the number of papers with time. What may be less evident is that certain persons, notably Dr. Castle and Dr. Newkome, provided a significant number of publications each year. Both had active research programs, though Dr. Newkome surely had notable administrative responsibilities and is to be commended for his energy. Dr. Castle, though beyond the traditional retirement age, had a strong research program and no teaching responsibilities. One may also note that there was a general increase in the number of masters and doctoral graduates with time, and that would surely be a factor in a number of publications as would be the change in character of the University as the tendency to attain Research I status was sought and finally achieved.

Finally, one may note the problem of total number of publications versus what was published where, and these matters have taken on increasing interest since 1999, with a greater interest in and concern for citation analysis. And a more thorough study will also include the number of times Department of Chemistry faculty papers are cited on someone else's publications.

Lecture Series

There are many ways to stimulate growth and to attract favorable attention. One method is hiring faculty with exciting cutting-edge research programs, attracting bright, hard-working, stimulating students, obtaining large amounts of state and non-state funding, and this method is certainly a significant approach.

In addition, the seminar program brings in outside speakers, and these speakers can provide stimulation and encourage development. One really effective way of simulating excitement and interest is the creation of an outstanding lectureship series, one that everyone will take advantage of, and one that will encourage interaction with external supporters. And one such exemplary program lasted 14 years (Table 4-5), as noted in the following section. When Stewart Schneller was Director of Graduate Studies, he initiated an annual lecture series for the Department of Chemistry. In 1983, the program was initiated through the sponsorship of the Research Council, followed by support of the R. P. Scherer Corporation. This program continued for four years and was followed by the Castle Lecture Series.


Table 4-5. List of endowed lectures 1982 - 1993 +

Year Speaker Affiliation
+ We are grateful to Dr. Stewart W. Schneller, who kindly provided the information in this table.
* Refers to Nobel Laureate at the time of visit except Dr. Smalley who received Prize after visit.
** The R.P. Sherer 50th Anniversary Chemistry Series.
President's Council Chemistry Seminar Series
1982 F. Albert Cotton Texas A&M
Ronald Breslow Columbia
H. Gobind Khorana* MIT
Fred McLafferty Cornell
The R. P. Scherer Chemistry Seminar Series
1983** Harry Gray Cal Tech
Barry Trost Wisconsin (now at Stanford)
William N. Lipscomb* Harvard
1984 Melvin Calvin* Cal Berkeley
Leo Paquette Ohio State
John Pople Carnegie-Mellon
1985 Herbert C. Brown* Purdue
Fred Basolo Northwestern
Klaus Bieman MIT
Castle Chemistry Lecturers
1986 M. Frederick Hawthorne UCLA
Rolf Huisgen Universitat München
1987 R. Bruce Merrifield* Rockefeller University
Mark S. Wrighton MIT (now at Washington U. in St. Louis)
Kendall Houk UCLA
1988 Josef Michl University of Texas
Derek Barton* Texas A&M
James Ibers Northwestern
1989 Richard Holm Harvard
Gertrude Elion* Burroughs Wellcome (now SmithKline Glaxo)
John Baldeschwieler Cal Tech
1990 Koji Nakanishi Columbia
Harold Scheraga Cornell
Jerome Karle* The Naval Research Laboratory
1991 Herbert Hauptman* Medical Foundation of Buffalo
Ignacio Tinoco, Jr. Cal Berkeley
Nicholas Turro Columbia
1992 George Hitchings* Burroughs Wellcome (now SmithKline Glaxo)
Marye Anne Fox University of Texas (now chancellor at NC State)
Richard Smalley* Rice
1993 John Polanyi* University of Toronto
Amos Smith University of Pennsylvania
W. Wallace Cleland University of Wisconsin


The program was very successful because of Dr. Schneller's leadership and the selection of speakers. Typically four areas of chemistry would be represented, and one lecturer would be a Nobel Laureate. The latter lecture would be coordinated with the Department Open House, typically in the fall. High school and college students would be invited to attend. The Laureate would present a technical lecture on Friday afternoon, following a luncheon, and then there would be an opportunity for all to meet the visitor at a reception typically held atop the Student Services Building. On Saturday morning, college and high school students would be invited to attend the open house. Coffee, juice and donuts would be served in the atrium of the Chemistry Building, and graduate students and faculty would participate in a poster session. Guided tours of the Chemistry facilities were coordinated with graduate students serving as tour guides. Then the Laureate would present a more general lecture in CHE 100, and this would be followed by lunch for all. High school students and their teachers would be invited to have lunch with the Laureate by themselves in a separate room. After lunch, college student visitors would be given tickets to Busch Gardens.


Fig 4-2 Fig 4-2

Fig 4-2. Dr. Stewart W. Schneller and Ms. Dyane Chapman.


This program took considerable planning by Dr. Schneller, and he did it very well, presumably with the assistance of Ms. Dyane Chapman and Mrs. Schneller. Few could appreciate how much effort was involved. But one example comes to mind of a speaker who shipped his own large screen which was guaranteed to be flat so there would be no distortion in the projected slides for a three-dimensional effect. Of course, the screen had to be acquired from Central Receiving (in its own shipping box) by Dr. Schneller, hauled over to Chemistry, manhandled down to the basement of CHE 100, hidden away until the proper time, and installed by Physical Plant personnel. And, of course, the entire process had to be reversed after the speaker left.

This series was a powerful recruiting tool, and it was a powerful tool for establishing USF Chemistry Department in the eyes of those outside Florida. Nobel Laureates who came included Herbert C. Brown (Purdue University), Melvin Calvin (University of California-Berkeley), and William Lipscomb (Harvard). All gave impressive presentations.

And so did the other lecturers in this series (and the subsequent series), who may not have been Nobel Laureates, but were superb chemists. Professor Harry Gray, Cal Tech, participated in the program, gave an inspiring lecture, and was a delightful guest. So was Professor Fred Basolo (Northwestern University), former President of the American Chemical Society, who gave an impressive lecture to a class of general chemistry. Other inorganic chemists included Professor Al Cotton (Texas A&M) and an ACS presidential candidate at the time, and Professor Frederick Hawthorne (UCLA), Editor of Inorganic Chemistry.

Unfortunately, the fine tradition and the considerable momentum that had been established by the program was in danger of being lost when the grant from R. P. Scherer expired.

Fortunately, Dr. Schneller was able to convince Dr and Mrs. Raymond N. Castle to continue the lecture series at full scale. Through their generosity, the series continued starting in 1987 until Dr. Castle retired in 1994. When interviewed about their decision to support the series after the grant from R. P. Scherer expired, Professor Castle was quoted as saying, "This is an important program for the Chemistry Department. It already has a strong following, and we would lose valuable momentum if the series was to be interrupted" (CNS, 1987).

Dr. Castle added, "The visibility and recognition the University receives is important. Furthermore, it gives our students the chance to listen to and be stimulated by the world's outstanding chemists" (CNS, 1987).


Fig 4-3

Fig 4-3. Mrs. Ada Castle and Dr. Raymond Castle.


Raymond Castle had joined the USF Chemistry faculty in 1981 as a Graduate Research Professor. He was born June 24, 1916 in Boise, Idaho and as graduated from the University of Idaho, Southern Branch, Pocatello in 1938 with a degree in pharmacy. He then completed the M.A. degree requirements in Chemistry at the University of Colorado (1941), and following a stint as a Chemistry instructor at the University of Idaho, he returned and earned a Ph.D. (1944) at the University of Colorado. He came to USF following two years as a research Chemist at Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, Ohio), as a faculty member for 24 years at the University of New Mexico, and 11 years at Brigham Young University.

He and his wife, Ada, were a treasured part of the Department of Chemistry where he did research and where they together were responsible for the publication of the Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry, which he had founded in 1964, and continued to serve as editor.

He was well regarded as a speaker and gave lectures around the world. He was a much honored chemist, including the International Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry (1983), presented in Tokyo, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field. He once said, "I'm not going to retire, I'm going to drop." He had just returned from an International Congress on Heterocyclic Chemistry and was planning his work for the next day when he died quietly at home in the summer of 1999.

The Department of Chemistry's Annual Raymond Castle Undergraduate Research Conference was initiated in his memory in 2001.

Martin Seminar Series

When Raymond Castle retired in 1994, the Castle lecture series was terminated, and was replaced in a limited way by the Barbara and Dean Martin Seminar Series. These lectures, too, were designed to provide an opportunity for a diverse group of outstanding persons (Table 4-6). At the outset, a guarantee of funding for five years was promised, but the program was successful and continued beyond the five-year program.


Table 4-6. List of Martin Lecturers, 1995 - Present.
Year Speaker, Affiliation, Topic
1995 Nicholas A. Ashford, Ph.D., J.D., Professor of Technology and Policy, MIT
"Low-Level Chemical Sensitivity: An Emerging Occupational and Environmental Health Problem"
1996 Dick van der Helm, Ph.D., George Lynn Cross Research Professor, University of Oklahoma
"Iron Uptake by Siderophores in Microorganisms and the Physical Chemistry of Ferric Siderophore Receptor Proteins"
1997 Robert P. Carnahan, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, USF
"Advances in Water Treatment Technology"

Daryle H. Busch, Ph.D., Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas
"Ligand Design for Enhanced Molecular Organization"

Jon C. Clardy, Ph.D., Horace White Professor of Chemistry, Cornell University
"Natural Products and Their Targets"
1998 Marcetta Y. Darensbourg, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Texas A& M University
"Chemical Models for the Heterobimetallic Active Site of NiFe Hydrogenase- An Organometallic in Biology"
1999 Robert E. Sievers, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Colorado
"Fine Aerosol Particles in Pulmonary Drug Delivery and in the Atmosphere"

Steven D. Burke, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Synthesis and Study of Natural and Unnatural Oxacycles"
2000 Margaret Farago, Ph.D., Professor, Centre for Environmental Technology, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London
"Arsenic Contamination in Southwest England "

Peter C. Jurs, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University
" Prediction of Chemical Properties of Organic Compounds from Molecular Structures "

Albert Padwa, Ph.D., William P. Timmie Professor, Department of Chemistry, Emory University
"Cascade Processes for Alkaloid Synthesis"
2001 Gregory R. Choppin,Ph.D.,Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Florida State University
"Environmental Behavior of Plutonium"

Stewart W. Schneller, Ph.D. Dean, College of Sciences and Mathematics, Auburn
"Carbocyclic Nucleosides"
2002 Ellen M.Leahy, Ph.D.Senior Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry, Celera
James W. Leahy, Ph.D. Directory of Chemistry, Exelixis
"Drug Discovery in the Post-Genomic Era"
2003 Dale Margerum, Ph.D. Harvey Washington Wiley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University
Diversity of Bromite Ion Redox Mechanisms in Aqueous Solutions"


Open Houses

In addition to the Chemistry Open Houses, Dean Leon Mandell arranged for College of Natural Science Open House ("Discovery '86") with the support of a local attorney, Lucius M. Dyal (Chairman of the College of Natural Sciences Development Committee). Guests were housed in Embassy Suites (Thursday, November 6), then brought to the campus where a general presentation was made at the top floor of the Student Services Building, followed by dinner for guests and selected faculty. The head of Marine Science, Dr. Peter Betzer, and members of Marine Science made an hour-long presentation.

The next day, guests were brought to campus after breakfast for presentations by teams from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics.

The program for Chemistry consisted of 20-minute presentations to four different groups over the course of the day. The Chemistry participants and topics is given in Table 4-5.

At 5:00 PM, a wine and cheese reception was held in the old Pious Museum on the second floor, and then shuttles were arranged to return guests to the Embassy Suites (see Table 4-7).


Table 4-7. Department of Chemistry program for Discovery '86 (Anon. 1986)

Presenter Topic
Dr. Stewart W. Schneller A Cornerstone of Science, Education, Research
Dr. Jack E. Fernandez Electrically Conducting Plastic Material
Dr. Eric Wickstrom Drug Control of Genes: A Possible Treatment for AIDS
Dr. Rebecca M. O'Malley Laser Initiated Chemistry
Dr. Robert S. Braman The Impact of Nitrate Content on Tobacco
Dr. Dean F. Martin Managing Noxious Organisms and Chemicals
Dr. Douglas J. Raber Biomolecules in Three-Dimensions: Interactive Molecular Graphics Using Computers
Dr. Jefferson C. Davis, Jr. Chemistry Undergraduate Program: Ranking in the Top Ten


Undergraduate Banquet

Dr. Schneller managed to get a member of the Green Jacket Club, Mr. Dick Wittcoff, whom he met at a gathering of the supporters of Intercollegiate Athletics, to support an undergraduate honors banquet. Mr. Wittcoff and his wife, Mrs. Roz Wittcoff, supported the Awards Banquet for several years. The organization has remained remarkably constant: outstanding undergraduates are formally recognized at a reception and dinner in April. Funding allowed for honorees and their parents or guests to be invited as banquet guests. Each student is invited to attend and to bring his/her parents or a friend and a guest of the Department (My favorite student was an handsome man, who couldn't decide which of three women to invite and wanted two extra tickets). Outstanding students in individual courses (general chemistry, analytical, organic, physical) receive special recognition. Special books were solicited from companies (Merck and Company, Plenum Press, and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. provided books for the first banquet). And an outstanding alumnus/alumna is recognized and invited to speak.

The first banquet was held in April 18, 1988. Dr. Karl Olander, Director of PPG Industries Barberton Technical Center, was honored. Karl was one of our early masters graduates. Then he went to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where his advisor was Dr. T. L. Brown. Subsequently, he had a very successful as a bench chemist, then administrator in chemical industry.

A copy of a portion of the first program is presented below (Fig. 4-4) to indicate the scope of the awards.


Fig 4-4

Fig 4-4. Inside right page of the first undergraduate banquet program..


The program (inside left page) also lists the students who made the Chemistry Honor Roll, based on their GPA for the previous year. They were recognized individually, and were given a certificate of appreciation.

As a matter of personal interest, I noted that one name on the list appears later: Timothy Postlethwaite, a student in one of my classes, made the Honor Roll in 1988. He later earned a Ph.D. and returned to the Tampa Bay area. In 2000, he was named an Outstanding Chemistry Alumnus and returned to the April 2000 banquet to receive the Award and to address those present.

Certain students were remembered in another way. Recipients of the Outstanding B.A. and B.S. Major awards have been listed annually on a plaque that is presently housed on the north corridor of the fourth floor of the Science Center. These names are now also listed on the Department web site (see "Awards").

By custom, each award was presented by a given member of the Chemistry Faculty, who would provide a brief background about the award, its significance and say a few words about the recipient, then introduce the next faculty member.

Progress

Several characteristics might be used as a measure of progress of a program. These could include the number of graduates, the amount of funding, the number of publications in refereed journals and the books that the faculty have written.

But in the ultimate analysis, the most important criterion might be the end product: the alumni, and what they did after they left USF. Unfortunately, it is not possible to recognize everyone. We initiated a tracking project which attempts to keep track of the masters and doctoral graduates.

There are many students that we may be justly proud of. One recent example was Dr. Joanna Fowler (B.S., 1964). She and her husband were recipients of outstanding Chemistry Alumni Awards (see "Awards"). In May, 2003, Dr. Fowler was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the first USF Chemistry graduate to be elected.

Another measure of success is the graduates who followed in faculty footsteps and entered academia. The ones we know about are listed in Table 4-8. We shall appreciate receiving additional examples and/or corrections.


Table 4-8. A partial list of USF chemistry undergraduate and graduate alumni who became faculty members.

Graduate Institution Department Appointment
Ural Akhulut Middle East Technical U (Ankara) Vice President  
David J. Austin Yale Chemistry 1997
K. M. Carvalho-Knighton USF - St. Petersburg Env. Science & Policy 2001
Lyle A. Castle Idaho State Chemistry 1992
George Cobb Texas Tech Inst. Env & Human Health  
Marion T. Doig, II College of Charleston Chemistry 1974
D. L. Eng-Wilmot Rollins Chemistry 1980
David M. Ferguson Minnesota Medicinal Chem.  
Craig Foreback Wisconsin-Madison Med. Tech. 2002
Frank W. Fowler SUNY at Stony Brook Chemistry 1968
Joanna Fowler SUNY at Stony Brook Chemistry  
Maria T. Gallardo-Williams North Carolina State Chemistry 2003
Cherie L. Geiger Univ. Central Florida Chemistry 1994
Richard A. Gilbert USF Chemical Engn. 1978
Elsie D. Gross Hillsborough C.C. Natural Sciences 2003
Wayne Guida Eckerd Chemistry  
Steven A. Hendrix Univ. of Tampa Chemistry 1990
R.S. Hosmane U. Maryland - Baltimore County Chemistry  
Robert Kalbach Finger Lakes C.C Natural & Applied Sciences 1995
Heidi Kay USF Environ. Health 2001
Marita King Ohio State Univ. Chemistry  
John Kurhanewicz UC - San Francisco Medicine  
James W.Leahey UC - Berkeley Chemistry 1992-1998
T.-H. Li Nat. Tiawan U. Chemistry  
Mark McClure U.N.C-Pembrooke Chemistry 2002
Brian Moulton Brown Chemistry 2003
Eileen Pérez Hillsborough C.C. Natural Sciences 2002
Charles D. Norris Univ. Central Florida Civil & Environ. Engineering 1995
Duke D. Pooré Pensacola C.C. Natural Sciences 1996-2002
Michael Rao Mission College Dean Fine & Applied Arts 1992-1998
Michael Rao Montana State Univ. - Northern President 1998-2000
Michael Rao Michigan Central Univ. President 2000
Jason Rife VA Commonwealth Medicinal Chem. 2000
Roberto Q. Rubini Hillsborough C.C. Natural Sciences  
Ralph N. Salvatore Western Kentucky Chemistry 2001
Shaun E. Schmidt Washburn Univ. Chemistry 2000
John A. Schriefels George Mason Chemistry 1982
Katherine L. Seley Georgia Tech Chemistry and Biochemistry 1998-2003
Katherine L. Seley U. Maryland - Baltimore Chemistry 2003
Jerome K. Williams St. Leo Univ. Nat. Sci/Math 2001
Paul Robert Young U. Illinois - Chicago Chemistry 1976
Angela S. Perry Univ. of Tampa Chemistry 2005


Other alumni have chosen to go into industry where they have been successful.

Over 30 chemistry alumni have accepted industrial positions. The current listing may be found on the Department web page (Chemistry 2003). A few examples can indicate the breadth of involvement.

  • Pat Benz (Ph.D., '76) founded his own firm, Benz Industries, of which he is president and CEO. The firm produces most of the special monomer DHPMA used in a certain contact lens. Jose Ors (Ph.D., 74) is a member of the firm.
  • Fred Clough (Ph.D.'76) was co-owner of Trinity Software after a few years in academe.
  • William Glauser (Ph.D.'87) became Director of Sales and Marketing for Schrödinger, Inc.
  • Ellen Leahy (Ph.D., '90) is Senior Scientist at Axys Pharmaceuticals, Ind. South San Francisco
  • James W. Leahy (Ph.D., '90) is Director of Chemistry, Exelixsis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in the same city.
  • David McKeithan (Ph.D.'90) was Technical Director, Florida Flavors, Lakeland.
  • Denise Manker received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and earned her doctorate at University of California-San Diego-Scripps Institution of Oceanography. A natural products chemist she is Director of Research and New Business at AgraQuest, Davis, CA and was featured on a cover of C&EN (Ritter, 2003)
  • James Spence (Ph.D.'75) was owner and President, Lubricant Additives Research, Clinton, OH.
  • Chuhua Wang (Ph.D., 97) is Senior Analytical Chemist, Technic, Inc., Providence, RI.

Expansion and Administrative Changes

The expansion of the Department programs was dependent upon administration support, which, in turn, was dependent upon external support...and there were ups and downs.

After the start of the masters program, the Department faculty noted the need for a doctoral program to enable persons in the area who wished to pursue a doctorate in chemistry to obtain one without the need to commute to Gainesville. It was a good and cogent argument, and was coupled with the suggestion that the program could be undertaken without additional funding. In 1968, we were granted permission to offer the program, and two interesting things appeared. First, the program had some, but not a notable outreach, to non-traditional students. (The person in charge of seminar, for example insisted that all students attend the 4 pm seminar, even though this was not convenient for a part-time graduate student working in, say, Sarasota. Later Distance Learning programs and other programs made it possible to help non-traditional students.) Second, we realized that a good doctoral program would require additional funding.

In the late 1960s, we had applied with the active encouragement of Dr. Ashford (Associate Dean for Natural Sciences) to the National Science Foundation for support for the program, and a review team visited that included Dr. William Davidson professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts. We were in competition with a similarly young institution in southern state, and a key point in the team's assessment was the likelihood of continuing state support. I was later told that Dr. Allen was not as optimistic as the team would have wished but that the president of the other institution was, and they got the grant. Subsequent events proved that their president was overly optimistic, and that Dr. Allen had been right. This was not a great consolation at the time, as I recall. Subsequently, however, in the late 1960s, some funds for equipment were obtained, and this proved to be a useful investment.

In 1970-71, additional faculty members being added proved a strain on the budget, and a degree of faculty unrest set in (or so I was told; I was on leave at Duke Medical Center). Some felt that pay raises were not being distributed in an equitable manner, and in the subsequent administration, several changes occurred.

First, the College of Liberal Arts was broken up by division, and four colleges were created. Three of the four division heads were retained as deans, including Dr. Ashford. This was, I thought, a positive move, and gave emphasis to the sciences that could have been diluted previously.

Second, Dr. Riggs, Vice President for Academic Affairs, with Dr. Mackey's approval, mandated that there would be elected departmental advisory committees. The Chairman's Advisory Council in Chemistry, had representatives elected by divisions (analytical, biochemistry, etc), plus two at-large representatives. The Council advised the Chair, performed annual reviews of each faculty member, and annually provided general recommendations for pay raises based on prior performance. The expansion into additional space (Chapter 3) was timely and necessary.

Another change occurred when Dr. Ashford retired and his place was taken by Dean James D. Ray in about 1974. He seemed an eminently reasonable person and as a biologist, he seemed sympathetic to interdisciplinary research.

He may have been a more relaxed person than Dr., Ashford. Early in his administration, he appointed a building committee, that worked hard to get the details of a new building (later to be the BSF building built in Dean Mandell's administration) in place. As it happened, working out the details, even with a consultant, took time, and in the meanwhile, Business Administration managed to come up with preliminary plans and got the available money before we did. All buildings are complicated, but I think science buildings are more complicated to design than business administration buildings are. Dean Ray later indicated that the delay might have been a blessing because the rules to justify space became more demanding. As I looked at my copy of the proposed building document, I thought the "blessing" was surely well disguised. We needed the space.

A chemist, Dr. Leon Mandell, who had been instrumental in building the Department of Chemistry at Emory University, in turn, replaced Dean Ray. He had also been the moving force behind their obtaining a new building and attracting some outstanding chemists and graduate students to fill it. Dean Mandell believed that one sure method for appropriate expansion of programs was to obtain external funding, and he worked at it and expected others to do it as well. The open houses were one approach. On the other hand, there was a certain mixed blessing in having the department watched over by an outstanding chemist, who was used to a more advanced graduate program.

Matters could have progressed well, but the State University System Chancellor, Dr. Charles Reed, was determined that USF would have a liberal arts college to match the organizational system at the University of Florida and Florida State (and perhaps other state institutions as well). At the time, an informal survey taken at a Faculty Senate meeting by Chancellor reed revealed that the percentage of the those present in favor of the change was low, which he duly noted. But the change was mandated, anyway. Ultimately, it was ruled that no sitting dean would be eligible to be considered for dean of the new college. And only three existing colleges were merged into what became of the College of Arts and Sciences .

Some believed that change was good; others believed that the change retarded the momentum of departmental progress. In due course, Dr. Rollin Richmond, a biologist from Indiana University was named dean. He was termed the "Dean From Heaven" by colleagues in the humanities, but some of felt he was trying not to be accused of favoring the sciences. He subsequently left to become provost of SUNY-Stony Brook, and was replaced by Dr. David Stamps, then by Dr. Renu Khatur.

The first 30-35 years of the Department as a Department were years of progress, but additional changes were in the offing, as we experienced the retirement of valued colleagues and the departure of others. In a relatively short period of time, the faculty went from about 30 to about 20. And it was a time for a major change, as will be considered in Chapter 5.

Acknowledgment

I am grateful to Dr.Stewart W. Schneller, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, Auburn University, for providing helpful information in Table 4-5.

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