Marjorie C. Caserio is one of only a small number of women who chair a university science department. And on July 1, she will be joining an even more elite group.

Caserio, who heads the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, has been selected as vice chancellor for academic affairs at UC-San Diego. After an expected approval by the UC Board of Regents soon, Caserio will assume one of the top administrative posts at UC-San Diego.

"There are few women in academic administration positions," says Caserio. "It's unusual, and I'm tremendously proud."

In her new position, Caserio will be responsible for UC-San Diego's academic program, both at the undergraduate and at the graduate level, as well as for faculty. "It's a very challenging position and absorbing position," Caserio says. And with the new job, there will be a few things that she will have to devote much...

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