After concluding a national search, it is a pleasure
to announce the selection of Dr. Allan Weatherwax, Professor of Physics at
Siena College, as the new Dean of the School of Science. He will assume the
position in the fall of 2011.
Professor Weatherwax is an
internationally recognized authority on the interaction of planetary and
terrestrial radio emissions, both natural and man-made, with space
environment. He has conducted geophysical research in the polar-regions
since the 1990s, and has served as principal investigator on numerous NSF and
NASA grants. At present, and together with his research team of students and
engineers at Siena College, he directs optical, radio, and magnetic experiments
in Antarctica, Canada, and Greenland. He also serves as the co-director of the
satellite mission Firefly that will explore the mysteries of gamma rays
produced by lightning discharges.
serves on numerous national and international committees and was recently
elected to serve on the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of
Sciences. He is the author of more than 100 engineering and science papers, and
the Weatherwax Glacier in Antarctica is named in his honor to recognize his
research efforts on that continent.
Dr. Weatherwax received
his Ph.D. in physics from Dartmouth in 1995 and a B.S. in mathematical physics
from Binghamton University. Before joining Siena College in 2002, he was on
faculty at the University of Maryland and Washington College.
also wish to thank Dean Karen Quaal for her service during this interim period. She will be taking a
well-deserved sabbatical during the academic year 2011-2012.
Please join the Office of
Academic Affairs in welcoming Dr. Weatherwax as the new School of Science Dean.
Linda L. Richardson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs