Professor Danheiser will succeed Professor Susan Silbey as Chair of the Faculty effective July 1, 2019.
Rick Lane Danheiser, the A.C. Cope Professor of Chemistry, will succeed Professor Susan S. Silbey (Anthropology) as Chair of the Faculty effective July 1, 2019. Rick has been the Chair-elect for the 2018-2019 academic year and has served as the Associate Chair of the Faculty for the past two years. This is the first time in several decades that an Associate Chair has been elected to serve as the next Chair of the Faculty. Joining Rick as faculty officers this summer will be Professor Duane S. Boning (EECS) as Associate Chair and Professor David A. Singer (Political Science) as the Secretary of the Faculty.
The Chair, Associate Chair, and Secretary of the Faculty are the three elected officers of the MIT Faculty, and are assisted in their work by the Faculty Governance Administrator.
Current investigations in the Danheiser laboratory focus on the development of new synthetic methods and strategies, and their application in the total synthesis of natural products and biologically important compounds.