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Donald H. Levy, Albert A. Michelson Distinguished Service Professor in Chemistry, is the University of Chicago’s Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories, CEO of UChicago Argonne, LLC, Vice-chairman of the Board of Governors for Argonne, and a Member of the Board of Directors for Fermilab.
Named to the University position in 2007, Levy’s responsibilities include oversight of the management contracts for both Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the Office of Technology and Intellectual Policy, the Office of University Research Administration, the Research Computing Center, Arete (UChicago’s research accelerator), University-Argonne research centers and all issues related to Human Subjects Research. The annual research budget of the University is more than $400 million. The combined annual research budget for Argonne and Fermilab is $900 million.
In addition to his responsibilities for research across the University and Argonne campuses, Levy chairs the Science Policy Council, a collaboration with Argonne, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, established in 2005 to enhance Argonne's scientific capabilities, to strengthen the state's technological base and workforce preparation, and to improve Illinois' ability to compete for federal research funding.
Levy joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1967. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a former Chairman of the Chemistry Department and he played an important leadership role in planning the new Gordon Center for Integrative Science. A physical chemist, Levy was a leader in developing and using supersonic jet cooling to study the structure of molecules.
Levy was editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics from 1998 - 2008. His awards include the E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy and the Ellis Lippincott Award from the Optical Society of America and the Plyler Prize of the American Physical Society. He received his B.A. from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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