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Richard Malkin named College of Natural Resources interim dean

Posted June 7, 2000

Richard Malkin, professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Natural Resources, has been appointed interim dean of that college, effective July 1. Malkin will serve a two-year post, succeeding Gordon Rausser, the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor and dean of the college since fall 1994.

A professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, Malkin received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Antioch College in 1962 and his doctorate in biochemistry from Berkeley in 1967. He returned to Berkeley in 1969 after conducting postdoctoral research in Sweden and became a faculty member in the college in 1979.

He is an authority on the biophysical and biochemical aspects of photosynthesis, having published more than 200 research papers in his field; his research has been highly influential in advancing scientific understanding of how light energy is converted into a biologically useful form. His work has involved extensive analysis of the structure and function of photosynthetic membranes in higher plants and in photosynthetic bacteria.

Malkin also is a popular teacher, who in 1999 received the college's Distinguished Teaching Award. For more than 10 years, he has been an instructor in Biology 1A, a large introductory biology course for Berkeley students majoring in one of the many biological science programs. He also has taught upper-level and graduate courses in plant biochemistry. For five years, he has led the freshman seminar "Dean's Night Out."

Malkin served as the first chairman of the Department of Plant Biology, from 1988 to 1992, and has served as associate dean for academic affairs since July 1992. He was acting dean July through December 1994.



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