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Douglas Doren, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and formerly deputy dean of CAS, was most recently UD's interim vice provost for graduate and professional education.
Douglas Doren, who is retiring after 32 years as a
professor and administrator at the University of Delaware, was awarded the
College of Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award at a celebration
honoring him on Monday, Oct. 12.
Colleagues and friends gathered online to thank Doren
for his many accomplishments that had substantial, positive impacts on
students, faculty and research across UD. A professor
of chemistry and biochemistry, he most recently was interim vice provost for
graduate and professional education and previously was deputy dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences.
CAS Dean John A. Pelesko presented the College's
Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of Doren's years of leadership and
service. He told the gathering that Doren had played an important role in
countless projects over the years, always without seeking personal attention.
"Doug has never been a person who needs credit or
accolades for his work," Pelesko said, instead maintaining "a steadfast focus
on the success of the institution."
Other speakers at the celebration also cited Doren's unselfish
work and dedication to CAS and UD. Among many other accomplishments, they said,
he helped reshape the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, supported
junior faculty members and other colleagues, focused on building a strong and
interdisciplinary research program that is also a strong educational program,
mentored numerous students, was committed to diversity, and launched and
oversaw the annual Nobel Prize lecture series that showcases UD faculty
In all those projects, his colleagues said, he was
always willing to do whatever was needed to achieve goals and improve the
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Doug Doren introduces the 2013 Nobel Symposium, an annual event he launched and oversaw to showcase UD faculty research that relates to that of Nobel laureates.
"It's never been about you," Charlie Riordan, vice
president for research, scholarship and innovation and a professor and former
chair of chemistry and biochemistry, told Doren. "It's always been about
getting work accomplished."
Former CAS Dean George Watson called Doren "a fantastic
member of the dean's office [and] a great academic leader."
David C. Wilson, CAS senior associate dean for the
social sciences, said Doren had been like his big brother in the dean's office--"a
great role model and a great mentor for me as a leader."
In thanking the college for the Lifetime Achievement
Award, Doren said a dedication to working together to solve problems was not
just his approach but was "a characteristic of the entire College." He thanked
staff and administrators in the dean's office and the provost's office for
their hard work, support and collegiality.
More about Doug Doren's career
Doren arrived at UD in 1988
as an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry and became a full
professor in 1999. After joining the CAS dean's office in 2007, he served as
interim associate dean for natural sciences and mathematics, associate dean for
research and, from 2009 through 2015, as associate dean for the natural sciences.
He became acting deputy dean for the College in 2014, deputy dean in 2016 and interim
vice provost in July 2018.
Doren earned his bachelor's
degree in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of
California at Berkeley and his doctorate in chemical physics at Harvard
University. He also did postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Labs.
His research uses methods
of theoretical and computational chemistry to study problems in semiconductor
surface chemistry, STM imaging of molecules at semiconductor interfaces,
electronic properties of semiconductor materials for photochemistry and solar
energy, catalysis for biomass transformation, and aqueous solvation in extreme
Article by Ann Manser; photos by Evan Krape
Published Oct. 13, 2020