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Appointments of New Department Chairs Announced
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MAILED: June 25, 1997

EAU CLAIRE -- A chemist from South Dakota State University, Brookings, and a journalism professor from Northeastern University, Boston, have been selected to head the departments of chemistry and communication and journalism respectively at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Chancellor Larry Schnack appointed David Lewis as chairman and professor of chemistry, effective June 16, and A. David Gordon as chairman and professor of communication and journalism, effective Aug. 1.

Lewis has 18 years of teaching experience in organic chemistry beginning at the University of Arkansas in 1979. He spent one year as visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then joined Baylor University where he became an associate professor with tenure. He went to South Dakota State in1989 where he was promoted to professor in 1993. He was also director of research at MicroBioMed Corporation in Volga, S.D., where he was responsible for administering the chemical research effort of this venture-capital company since its incorporation in 1992.

Lewis said his research interests lie in the broad areas of organic stereochemistry and bio-organic chemistry, with spin-off interests in what may be broadly defined as applied organic chemistry. His recent research has involved the development of collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects with a number of researchers in a variety of institutions. Their tendency is to study problems where the results of the research have immediate applicability.

A native of South Australia, Lewis earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Adelaide.

Gordon has almost 30 years of college-level teaching experience, beginning in 1968 at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, and continuing at the University of Miami from 1980-87, Emerson College from 1987-93 and since 1995 at Northeastern University. His specialty area is media ethics, and he currently is an advisory editor for the journal Media Ethics and a member of the editorial board of Mass Communications Review.

Currently vice-chair for the Press Freedom Committee of the New England Newspaper Association, he is a member of the Committee on Alliances and the Task Force on Technology for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

A reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, from 1958-64, he also served as assistant to the mayor of Madison from 1965-68. He holds a bachelor's degree from Carleton College, master's degrees from Columbia University and UW-Madison, and a doctorate from UW-Madison.

Several other academic departments have new leadership including James Brummer in philosophy and religious studies, Philip Chute in physics and astronomy, Michael Weil in biology, Susan McIntyre in curriculum and instruction, Roger Tlusty in foundations and library science, and Vicki Snider in special education.


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Updated: July 2, 1997