In this tribute, Professor Scott Mohr remembers his colleague and friend, Norman Lichtin
Norman N. Lichtin, longtime member of the faculty of Boston University’s Department of Chemistry and its fifth chairman, passed away on April 30, 2012, aged 89. Norman played a major role in building the department and had a distinguished research career spanning 51 years that resulted in more than 80 publications in top-tier journals. He mentored 27 PhD graduates, 15 master’s students, and 28 post-doctoral research associates. His teaching spanned the range from undergraduate courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry, and a seminar on “Man and Energy,” to graduate courses in advanced organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, photo- and radiation chemistry and chemical kinetics. More
When Professor Emeritus Richard Laursen retired in 2009, his students and colleagues wanted to recognize his 43 years of excellent research, teaching, and mentoring by establishing the Laursen Fund in his honor. The goal is to raise $100,000. We are now halfway to meeting that goal.
Led by Chemistry alumnus Luis Ruzo (CAS 1970), a former Laursen undergraduate, the fund will help provide an annual summer research stipend for a graduate or undergraduate student from candidates nominated by their advisors.
Known for his exceptional mentoring, Rich Laursen, who is still actively pursuing his research interests in Chemistry, would very much like to see the capital grow so that the interest can annually support the training and nurturing of exceptional young scientists.