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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 10, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 17
Falk Named Interim A&S Dean

A high-energy physicist, Adam Falk received his doctorate from Harvard and joined Johns Hopkins in 1994. He was named a full professor in 2000.

Former dean of faculty steps into post, will focus on existing initiatives

By Dennis O'Shea

Adam Falk sees his job as interim dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences to be not so much taking over as it is keeping going.

Falk stepped into the interim deanship Jan. 1 and will serve until a replacement is named for Daniel Weiss, who has been elected president of Lafayette College.

"Dan's leadership of the Krieger School has been extraordinary, both in crafting a vision for the school and in building a broad consensus around that vision," Falk said. "Dan will leave behind a senior leadership team as committed as he to the plans that we have developed, in collaboration with faculty, students and alumni, over the past three years.

"My highest priority," he said, "is to maintain the momentum behind our existing initiatives, among them strengthening all aspects of the undergraduate experience, building and further diversifying our exceptional faculty, providing the state-of-the-art infrastructure that our students and faculty need and deserve, and deepening our already wonderful connections with our alumni."

As interim dean, Falk — who was the school's dean of the faculty — will be primarily responsible for the school's operation. Weiss will retain the title of James B. Knapp Dean and will work in partnership with Falk until he leaves to assume the Lafayette presidency on July 1.

"Adam Falk is in a perfect position to maintain the momentum Dean Weiss has established in implementing the Krieger School's strategic plan," said President William R. Brody. "He has been Dan's right hand and has been integrally involved in all major decisions. Adam is a distinguished scientist and a proven leader."

Falk is a high-energy physicist whose research focuses on elementary particle physics and quantum field theory, particularly the interactions and decay of heavy quarks. He has been a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1994, when he also was a National Science Foundation national young investigator. He became a full professor in 2000. In 2002, he was named vice dean of the faculty of the Krieger School under Weiss. His title was changed to dean of the faculty earlier this year.

A winner of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, Falk is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He graduated in 1987 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his doctorate in physics at Harvard University in 1991, winning six awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching while a graduate student.


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