CSLA Professor of the Year

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Carnegie Foundation Honors Top Professor in California

Los Angeles, October 20, 1995 -- The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently named Thomas P. Onak, Professor of Chemistry at California State University, Los Angeles, the 1995 California Professor of the Year. He was selected from nearly 550 faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.

Dr. Onak has been a distinguished member of the Cal State L.A. faculty since 1959. He was one of the first faculty members at a public-supported university to receive the American Chemical Society Award for Research at an undergraduate institution. His honors include the 1992 Distinguished Achievements Award in Boron Science, Public Health Service Research Career Center Development Award from 1973 to 1978, the Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor Awards, 1968-69, and a Fulbright Research Scholar Award for 1965-66.

In addition to such honors, Onak has more than 130 publications to his credit, including one book and over 20 scientific review chapters. More than 70 of his publications have been co-authored by his research students who have studied and apprenticed under his direction.

He also has been awarded more than 40 grants, totaling more than $2.5 million from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. A major portion of these grants has been for the support of both undergraduate and master's degrees students during their studies at CSLA.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) established the Professors of the Year program in 1981 and works in cooperation with The Carnegie Foundation and various higher education associations in its administration.

This year, Carnegie Foundation announced winners in 49 states and the District of Columbia. CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select most of the state winners and the national finalists. The Carnegie Foundation then convened a special panel, which selected the remaining state winners in addition to four national winners. Onak was selected from among 36 nominees in California.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a policy center located in Princeton, New Jersey, is devoted to strengthening America's schools and colleges.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is an international association of colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools. Representing these institutions are professionals in the fields of alumni relations, communication, and fund raising. For further information about the award, contact Tony Pals at CASE, (202) 328-5980.

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