Monday, March 15, 2004
Christopher Harrington
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University of California President Robert C. Dynes has named a 10-member committee of university regents, faculty and researchers to advise him in the search for the next director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Last month, laboratory director Charles V. Shank announced his intention to step down by the end of this year. Shank, who has headed the laboratory since 1989, will remain as a faculty member at UC Berkeley. He is a tenured professor in three departments -- physics, chemistry, and electrical engineering and computer science.

Serving on the committee to advise the president on the selection of a director will be:

- George Blumenthal, vice chair, Academic Council, and professor, department of astronomy and astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz;

- Beth Burnside, vice chancellor for research and professor of cell developmental biology, UC Berkeley;

- John Clarke, investigator, material sciences division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and professor of physics, UC Berkeley;

- Ward Connerly, president, Connerly and Associates Inc. and a UC regent;

- Sidney D. Drell, senior fellow, the Hoover Institution, and professor of theoretical physics (emeritus) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University;

- Judith L. Hopkinson, former chief operating officer of Ameriquest Capital Corp. and a UC regent;

- Peter Preuss, president, The Preuss Foundation Inc. and a UC regent;

- Laurence Seigler, president, Alumni Associations of UC, and an ex officio UC regent;

- Peter G. Wolynes, professor, department of chemistry and biochemistry, UC San Diego; and

- One additional member of the UC Board of Regents to be named prior to the first meeting of the selection committee.

Ex officio members of the selection committee include:

- Dynes, convener of the committee;

- M.R.C. Greenwood, provost and senior vice president-designate, University of California, and chancellor, UC Santa Cruz;

- John J. Moores, chairman of JMI Services Inc. in San Diego and chairman of the UC Board of Regents; and,
- S. Robert Foley, vice president, UC laboratory management.

The committee's first meeting is set for March 18, 2004, at 3:30 p.m. PST at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where committee members will meet in open session with groups of researchers, faculty, staff, and community representatives to gather ideas and comments regarding the search and to learn the distinct needs of the Berkeley Laboratory.

Dynes hopes to bring a recommendation on a candidate to the UC Board of Regents in May.

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