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CSUB names new dean of Natural Science and Math
  April 4, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

Julio R. Blanco has been appointed dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Bakersfield.

Blanco, who is currently chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University, Northridge, will assume his new position on Aug. 14.

"I am very pleased to announce Dr. Blanco's appointment," said CSUB President Horace Mitchell. "He brings a wealth of experience to this position and sterling credentials. I'm delighted that he will be joining our team here at CSUB."

Blanco earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from CSU Northridge, and in 1985 his doctorate in physics from Pennsylvania State University. Since 1978, Blanco has held various academic positions at CSU Northridge, and is currently professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy for the College of Science and Mathematics. The department includes three major research centers with more than $3 million in external funding and the Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium.

Prior to joining CSUN, he worked in the aerospace industry where he supervised more than 70 research scientists and 20 technical staff.

Blanco maintains an active scholarly research agenda including numerous publications and research presentations, and currently serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals. He is on the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, Washington, D.C., and holds membership in several professional and scientific honor groups. He consults with space, aircraft, and technology industries.

Blanco has been actively engaged in curriculum innovation including the development of on-line courses and has authored three laboratory manuals currently in use.

The new dean said he's very much looking forward to assuming his new position and working with the faculty. He said that following his campus visit he "came back with strong sense of the dedication of the faculty in the (CSUB) School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the commitment they have to education. I have a sense that there is good camaraderie among the faculty, so I feel very good about that. I'm really looking forward to being part of that interaction."

He said CSUB's School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is broader than a traditional sciences school in that it also includes the nursing department, but he was impressed with how outgoing the nursing faculty is. "I think it will be exciting working with all the different departments," he said.

Blanco is also aware of CSUB's importance to the community, as the only public-university campus within a 100-mile radius. "In so in many ways the university is the academic center for the region, so we should focus on excellence in what the university does," he said. "I feel the university has had and will continue to make a significant impact on the community. I want to communicate to the community how students can get a good education at a relatively low cost at a campus that is second to none."