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Wayne Stalick, who earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and Ph.D., at Northwestern University, became chair of the Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics in 2004. Although he retired from his full-time duties on June 30, 2009 he plans to stay involved with UCM through the Center for Alternative Fuels and Environmental Systems which he helped develop the last two years.
The department underwent a number of changes while he was chair. He oversaw renovation of the chemistry stockroom, the general chemistry laboratory and the department office. Two new programs, a B.S. in biochemistry and a B.S. in forensic chemistry, were approved under his direction as were major curriculum changes that kept the chemistry department in line with the new guidelines by the American Chemical Society which resulted in the department’s continued ACS accreditation. While he was chair, research began to play a more important role; changes to teaching schedules and encouragement of faculty resulted in the amount of external department research grants and contracts rising from a few hundred thousand dollars to more than $1.5 million.
Prior to UCM, Stalick spent 32 years at George Mason University, where he became a full professor and also served as men’s volleyball coach, taking his team to the NCAA Division I final four on three separate occasions, 1984, ’85, and ‘88.
Stalick’s strong record of research includes the area of synthetic organic and fuels chemistry. He and has published one research book plus five lab manuals for organic and general education labs in addition to two book chapters. He also has been granted two patents, published 47 articles in chemical journals and presented more than 100 talks at scientific meetings. Additional activities have seen him serve as an expert witness concerning artificial sweeteners in front of the International Trade Commission in Washington DC, and an invitation in 2006 to Slovenia to act as a reviewer for their national grants in chemistry.