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Social Sciences at Cal State L.A.
Los Angeles, CA -- July 31, 1996 . . . David L. Soltz has been appointed dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences at California State University, Los Angeles, effective September 1, 1996. Soltz is currently the Acting Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach, where he has been a professor of biology since 1988.
Soltz' academic career began at Cal State L.A. in 1974, when he joined the faculty as an assistant professor of biology. Later, as professor of biology, he served as acting chair of the department and, from 1981-88, as chair. In the fall of 1988 he joined the CSU Long Beach faculty as chair of biology, and was named acting dean in 1995.
Soltz received his A.B. in zoology from the UC Berkeley, and Ph.D. in biology from UCLA. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of ecology and environmental biology, specifically population biology and physiological ecology of fishes inhabiting stressful environments, and has led to the management and conservation of several endangered species. Since 1979 he has been active on the Board of Governors of the California Desert Studies Consortium and in 1988 became chair, with oversight of major improvements at the CSU Desert Studies Center, among other responsibilities. Soltz has been a member of the Los Angeles County Environmental Review Board for the past three years. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Academy of Sciences since 1988 and in 1994 was elected president.
In his administrative capacity at both Cal State L.A. and Cal State Long Beach, Soltz has established strong programs in cellular and molecular biology. At Long Beach, he coordinated the merger of the biology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology departments into an integrated department of biological sciences. Also at Long Beach, he brought to maturity the Student Access to Science Center which coordinates college outreach, recruitment, advising, retention and undergraduate research programs.
Soltz is the author or coauthor of 27 publications and environmental reports, and over 40 abstracts. He has served as reviewer for Annual Review of Biology, Copeia, BioScience, Nature, Science and other publications, and has given numerous invited lectures.
The largest of Cal State L.A.'s six Schools, the School of Natural and Social Sciences contains the departments of anthropology; biology and microbiology; chemistry and biochemistry; Chicano studies; geography and urban analysis; geological sciences; history; mathematics and computer science; pan-African studies; physics and astronomy; political science; psychology; and sociology. The school also offers interdisciplinary earth sciences; Latin American studies; physical science; religious studies; and social science programs.
The School offers excellent laboratory facilities and opportunities for field work and internships, and includes the Center for Korean-American and Korean Studies; Governmental Affairs Research Center; Latin American Studies Center, Political Communications Laboratory; Social Science Data Archive; and Computer Laboratory.
Soltz will head the School that has been led by Donald O. Dewey, noted Constitutional historian and professor of history. Dean Dewey retires this year after a record 34 years on the Cal State L.A. faculty, 26 as dean. In 1984, the School of Letters and Sciences became two entities -- the School of Natural and Social Sciences and the School of Arts and Letters. Dewey served as dean of Letters and Sciences for 14 years prior to his dozen-year tenure as Natural and Social Sciences dean.