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February 5, 1999

Rabideau begins in LAS dean post July 1

Peter Rabideau, dean of the College of Basic Sciences and professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, last week was named dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The appointment is effective July 1.

"Peter Rabideau is a first-rate teacher, an accomplished scholar and experienced administrator," said President Martin Jischke. "He has the energy and capacity to provide leadership to the largest and most diverse college at Iowa State."

Rabideau has served as dean of the College of Basic Sciences at Louisiana State since 1990. As dean, he initiated the college's first fund-raising efforts and a center for excellence in science teaching. Previously, he spent 20 years on the chemistry faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, including five years as department chair and two as acting department chair.

His current research is in the synthesis and chemistry of bowl-shaped hydrocarbons, "buckybowls." Rabideau was elected a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1997. He served for two years (1997-98) on a National Science Foundation panel that studied integrating graduate education and research training.

Rabideau received a B.S. in chemistry (1964) from Loyola University of Chicago; an M.S. in chemistry (1967) from Case Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in organic chemistry (1968) from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

Former LAS dean Elizabeth Hoffman left Iowa State in October 1997. Richard Hoffmann, who also has left ISU, served as interim dean from August 1997 to June 1998. John Dobson, associate vice provost for research and associate dean of the graduate college, has served as interim LAS dean since June 1998.

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