PROVO – The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Brigham Young University recently announced the appointment of one new department chair and the reappointment of two others. The appointments went into effect on July 1st.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Greg Burton has accepted an appointment to serve as the Chair of the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Burton received Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Medical Technology from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree in Microbiology from Brigham Young University. He completed his Ph.D in Microbiology and Immunology at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989. Burton has previously taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a faculty member at BYU since coming to Provo in 1997.Burton’s academic research focuses on the molecular interactions of HIV with susceptible target cells.
Burton replaces the outgoing Paul Farnsworth, who served two three-year terms as chair. Dr. Steve Goates will continue on as Associate Chair, while Dr. Adam Wooley has been appointed to replace Dr. Paul Savage as a new Associate Chair.
“Although somewhat overwhelmed with this new responsibility, Steve Goates, Adam Woolley and I are committed to working together to continue to build upon the strong foundation established by the past and present members of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. We acknowledge the excellent leadership of Paul Farnsworth, Paul Savage and Steve Goates, who previously served in the positions that we now occupy. We look forward to working together to serve our students, staff, faculty and alumni,” Burton said.
Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Ross L. Spencer has been reappointed to serve as the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, with Dr. Harold Stokes continuing as Associate Chair. Spencer was first appointed as Chair in 2007.
Dr. Scott Ritter has been reappointed to serve as the Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, with Dr. John McBride continuing as Associate Chair. Ritter was first appointed as Chair in 2007.