The Ayala School of Biological Sciences was one of the original schools founded when the University campus first opened in 1965. Dean Edward A. Steinhaus, founding Dean, recruited his four founding department chairs and initial faculty of 17 professors, following the model the University had established which required every founding faculty member to be an outstanding researcher and good teacher.
Deans of the School of Biological Sciences
introduced a novel approach to teaching biology coined “the new biology.”
In 1968, Professor Steinhaus became the first UCI faculty member elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Following his death, the original Biological Sciences Building was renamed Edward A. Steinhaus Hall in his honor.