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UCLA chemistry professor appointed dean of Division of Physical Sciences


Chemistry and biochemistry chair Miguel Garcia-Garibay has been a UCLA faculty member for over 20 years. (Courtesy of Miguel Garcia-Garibay)

Chemistry and biochemistry chair Miguel Garcia-Garibay has been a UCLA faculty member for over 20 years. (Courtesy of Miguel Garcia-Garibay)


UCLA officials appointed a chemistry professor as dean of the UCLA Division of Physical Sciences Tuesday.

Miguel Garcia-Garibay, who has been a UCLA faculty member for more than 20 years and is chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry, will assume the position on July 1.

He will replace Joseph Rudnick, a physics and astronomy professor.

In an email to faculty and staff, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh said Garcia-Garibay served as diversity advisor for the division of physical sciences from 2009 to 2012. He was also the chemistry and biochemistry chair since 2012.

Garcia-Garibay runs a research group, and has received awards from the National Science Foundation for his research in organic chemistry, Waugh added. Garcia-Garibay currently researches the development of artificial molecular machinery and green chemistry.

In 2015, Garcia-Garibay received the UCLA Faculty-Staff Partnership Award, and in 2013, he received the UCLA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award.

Rudnick was appointed interim dean of the physical sciences division in 2006 and dean in 2009. Prior to serving as dean, Rudnick was chair of the department of physics and astronomy.

Rudnick announced his retirement as dean in 2015. He holds the longest term as dean of any UCLA division, according to an email from Waugh in May 2015.

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Hoang is the assistant news editor for the Campus Politics beat. She covers USAC, ASUCLA, GSA, faculty, administration and all things relating to student government. She was previously an Academics news contributor covering graduate schools, student government and research.


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