Physics Professor Wolfgang Losert Named College's Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Education
Professor Wolfgang Losert has been named interim associate dean for faculty affairs and graduate education in the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) effective August 15, 2015. This new position will be in addition to Losert’s current role as associate dean for research in CMNS that he began on July 1, 2014.
Losert has an appointment in physics, the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST), and the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP). In his research, Losert aims to discover emergent dynamic properties of complex systems at the interface of physics and biology, with a focus on collective migration and activity of cells. His research is funded by a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, a Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative grant from the National Institutes of Health, and additional grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Before serving as interim associate dean for research, Losert served as chair of the American Physical Society’s Division of Biological Physics, director of UMD’s interdisciplinary biophysics graduate program, and chair of the University Senate Educational Affairs Committee. He helped initiate and now leads the Partnership for Integrative Cancer Research , which provides UMD faculty and graduate students the opportunity to tackle pressing problems in cancer research in collaboration with National Cancer Institute experts.
Losert will assume the role previously held by Paul Smith, who served the college for over five years as associate dean for faculty affairs and graduate education. Smith showed his dedication to the education of UMD students throughout his tenure as associate dean, continuing to teach statistics courses and advise doctoral students while serving in this leadership role.