October 30, 2006
Margaret Delaney receives Outstanding Faculty
By Tim Stephens
Margaret Delaney, professor of ocean sciences, has received
the 2005-06 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Division of Physical
and Biological Sciences. This annual award recognizes faculty
members who have provided outstanding contributions in the areas
of research, teaching, and service to the campus and to the
Photo: Tim Stephens
Delaney is renowned for her research in the fields of paleoceanography
and marine geochemistry. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical
Union and was recently named as one of four inaugural fellows
of the Oceanographic Society.
Delaney has made major contributions to the Ocean Drilling
Program and its successor, the International Ocean Drilling
Program. She is currently chair of the Program Advisory Committee
for the building of the new Scientific Ocean Drilling Vessel,
a $115 million dollar international program considered the ocean
science equivalent of the Hubble Space Telescope.
At UCSC, Delaney has served as vice chair of the Academic Senate,
interim campus provost and executive vice chancellor, and chair
of the Department of Ocean Sciences. As chair of ocean sciences,
Delaney wrote the department's strategic plan, hired many new
faculty members, and implemented the Ph.D. program.
Delaney is also a popular teacher at both undergraduate and
graduate levels. She consistently receives outstanding evaluations
from her students, and many of her graduate students have gone
on to receive prestigious fellowships.
"Throughout Dr. Delaney's career as an oceanographer,
she has conducted groundbreaking research, provided outstanding
teaching on all levels, and contributed exemplary service to
the paleoceanographic and marine geology communities as well
as our campus," said Stephen Thorsett, dean of physical
and biological sciences, in a letter announcing the award.
Delaney received her B.S. in chemistry from Yale University
and her Ph.D. in oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She
joined the UCSC faculty in 1983.