April 19, 1999 Vol. III, No. 14

University to Name Planetarium for Donald Bianchi

Former Science and Math Dean Helped Develop CSUN's Science Complex

Cal State Northridge will honor the memory of Donald E. Bianchi, founding dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, by naming the university's planetarium for him during a special ceremony Friday, April 23.

Bianchi, one of the university's earliest faculty members, died in March 1996 following a brief illness. CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson will name the planetarium for Bianchi during a 4 p.m. ceremony on the lawn of Science Building 3.

"Dean Bianchi's leadership was the sustaining factor in developing Cal State Northridge's science complex," Wilson said. "There was a great groundswell of support among our faculty and students to name one of our science buildings in his memory, and I'm delighted for his family that we will help commemorate his legacy in this way."

Bianchi joined the biology faculty in 1959, when the campus was still known as San Fernando Valley State College. Fourteen years later, he became dean, a position he held for 23 years, including two years when he also was acting vice president for academic affairs. As dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, Bianchi was instrumental in the creation of the four-building science complex, laying the foundation for the college's outstanding achievements in research and teaching.

Bianchi's own professional accomplishments included numerous journal articles and books on such topics as cell biology, microbiology and botany.

-Carmen Ramos Chandler


April 19, 1999

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