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AMES, Iowa -- Peter Rabideau, dean of the College of Basic Sciences and professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, has been named dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. The appointment is effective July 1.

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

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 two years as acting department chair and five as department chair.

His current research program is 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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