Frank M. Hauser

Frank Hauser joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry in 1986 and went on to serve as department chair from 1991 to 1997. Devoted to the concerns of his department, he has also served tirelessly on three important University-wide task forces: the Strategic Planning Committee, the Master Plan Committee, and the Faculty Task Force on the Quality of Academic Life and Student Retention.

Along with his committee work, Hauser continues to maintain a strong research program and excellent teaching profile. Fellow faculty members respect him as someone who has distinguished himself in both areas, and as a touchstone of fair dealing with both students and colleagues.

As chair, Hauser secured a bachelor of art program in chemistry that enhanced the number of academic majors in the department. In 1990, he played a major role in designing the now attractive space housing the department's major instrumentation in the basement of the Chemistry Building.

Three years ago, he began working with the SUNY Construction Fund and the Physical Plant first to improve the safety and the research quality of the current chemistry facility. The current $3.5 million is now nearing completion. But Hauser also pushed successfully for a new structure and the result will be the 200,000 square foot, $63 million Life Sciences Building, now in the design stage.

On the national level, Hauser was a member of a peer review panel in medicinal chemistry at the National Institutes of Health from 1991 to 1995 and an NIH Reserve Reviewer ever since. He is internationally recognized for his work on methods for chemical synthesis of anthracycline antibiotics, which have been used successfully as cancer-fighting agents.

He has received funding from the National Cancer Institute and from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences and has two patents. He received the NIH Research Career Development Award (1978-83) and the President's Award for Excellence in Research in 1996.

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