University of Washington Receives $12 Million for Chemistry Fellows

The University of Washington has announced a $12 million commitment from Larry Dalton and his wife, Nicole Boand, to establish a fellowship in the Department of Chemistry.

The Dalton Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemistry will support researchers in the postdoctoral phase of their training, a formative period for early-career scientists as they work to obtain research experience and publish in order to qualify for full-time, tenure-track positions. Building on previous support, the gift also will fund two endowed chairs to help the department recruit and retain top researchers. One will be named for Boand's parents and the other for Alvin Kwiram, UW professor emeritus of chemistry and vice provost emeritus for research. In addition, the gift will create an endowed fund to ensure that the department has a flexible, reliable source of funds to respond to future opportunities.

With decades of experience in photonics and nonlinear optics, Dalton joined the UW faculty in 1998 and is now an emeritus professor of chemistry. In 2000, he and his collaborators published what is considered a foundational paper that laid the groundwork for innovations in opto-electronics and had major implications for telecommunications, sensor technology, and information technology. Dalton went on to found Lumera Corp., now part of GigPeak, which develops and manufactures opto-electronic devices.

"We make this current contribution in the hope and belief that it will promote recruitment and retention of the best and brightest researchers and educators in STEM fields to the University of Washington," said Dalton. "Nicole and I appreciate the critical impact that STEM research has made and is making to the economy and well-being of Washington and the nation, and to the importance of quality education which assures continuation of this broader impact of STEM research."