Foster Is New Chemistry Department Chair

Posted: April 18, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lynn Burke

In March, associate professor Greg Foster was named the chair of George Mason’s Chemistry Department. Foster, who joined the university in 1989 as an assistant professor, replaces George Mushrush, who stepped down after serving three four-year terms as chair.

Foster’s professional expertise includes the origin, fate, and transport of organic chemicals in the environment; trace chemical analysis; and chemical toxicology. Before coming to George Mason, Foster was a research chemist for the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Quality Laboratory in Arvada, Colorado. He also spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies. Foster received his B.S. in biological sciences and Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from the University of California, Davis, and his M.S. in environmental science from California State University.

One of Foster’s main goals for the department is to further strengthen its undergraduate and graduate research programs, in part by getting students to think about research as part of their curriculum and by increasing the number of graduate students. According to Foster, recruiting more full-time graduate students, especially in the areas of bioscience and environmental science, can help in reaching that goal.

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