Professor of Physics, Emeritus, University of California, Davis
Former Vice Provost for Research, University of California
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Lawrence B. Coleman is Professor Emeritus of Physics at UC Davis, and is the former Vice Provost for
Research at the University of California. He served as Chair of the University-wide Academic Senate
in the 1999-2000 academic year following a year as vice chair of the UC Senate during the 1998-1999
academic year. Arriving at Davis in 1976, he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982. While at
the University of California, Davis he has held the positions of Chair, Davis Division of the
Academic Senate, 1995 - 1997; Director, The Internship and Career Center, 1988 - 1994; Acting Vice
Provost - Academic Programs and Dean - Undergraduate Studies, 1991-1992; and Acting Associate Vice
Chancellor - Academic Programs, 1990-1991.
Coleman's previous affiliations include: Postdoctoral Research Investigator, Department of
Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1975-1976 and Research Fellow, Department of Physics,
University of Pennsylvania, 1970-1975.
Lawrence Coleman received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975 in experimental
condensed matter physics He received a B.A. in physics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1970.
His research focused on far infrared spectroscopy, phase transitions in solids, and
structure-property relationships and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA,
The Petroleum Research Fund and the Research Corporation. Coleman was a co-principal
investigator for an NSF funded project to re-invent the way in which college physics is taught. He
has been a consultant to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Aerojet General Corporation.
Coleman was elected to membership in the Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society in 1993, he received the
Citation for the University of California, Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award for
1987-88, was a Regents Junior Faculty Fellow in 1977 and 1981, received the Earle C. Anthony Faculty
Research Award in 1976, and was an IBM Corporation Predoctoral Fellow from 1973-75. His society
memberships include: American Physical Society (life member), Society for Applied Spectroscopy,
American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Higher Education, and
Coleman was a trustee and member of the Executive Committee for Explorit, The Davis Regional
Science Center, 1992-1997, and Chair of their Program Committee. He also sat on the Steering
Committee for the Northern California Science Alliance from 1991-93. He served as a CCST Council
member from 2005-2007 and was appointed a CCST Fellow in 2008.
As Professor Emeritus he has continued to serve the Davis campus by a recall appointment for
teaching and as Chair of the External Scientific Advisory Committee for the Research Investments
in Science and Engineering grants program.
Senior Fellows Roster
Agnew, Harold M.
Atkinson, Richard C.
Bell, C. Gordon
Bennett, Alan B.
Bishop, J. Michael
Cárdenas. Alfonso F.
Clegg, Michael T.
Cominsky, Lynn R.
Coye, Molly Joel
Drake, Michael V.
Elster, Richard S.
Fowler, T. Kenneth
Gurol, Mirat D.
Huang, Alice S.
Hubbard, G. Scott
King, C. Judson
Lee, William C.Y.
Long, Jane C. S.
Macari, Emir Jose
Martin, David W.
McLean, William J.
McTague, John P.
Miller, William F.
Moses, Edward I.
Niebla, J. Fernando
Nikias, C.L. Max
Nova, Tina S.
Patel, C. Kumar
Qayoumi, Mohammad H.
Richmond, Rollin C.
Ryan, Stephen J.
Tanner, R. Michael
Tarter, C. Bruce
Zornetzer, Steven F.