Re-Establishment of the Department of Computational and Data Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dean Peggy Agouris is pleased to announce the re-establishment of the Department of Computational and Data Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy as independent departments in the College of Science. These two departments had been acting as the School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences for several years, and this reorganization will allow them to separately build on their strengths and reputations in a changing academic environment.

At the same time Dean Agouris is very pleased to announce that the faculty members of the Department of Computational Social Science (CSS) at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies have agreed to become faculty members in the College of Science. They will constitute a program area in the Department of Computational and Data Sciences, and will be bringing their PhD degree, their MAIS with a concentration in CSS, and dozens of highly qualified graduate students with them. These faculty have interdisciplinary interests and strong research credentials. We envision many opportunities for collaboration across the college and the university.

The departmental reorganization has been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the separate departments will begin official operations today, July 1st, 2015.

Professor Maria Dworzecka has agreed to serve as Acting Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Kevin M. Curtin has agreed to serve as Acting Chair of the Department of Computational and Data Sciences until a permanent chair is selected.

Both of these re-established departments are poised for growth, with regular international attention to their areas of expertise, and strong demand from employers in our area and beyond. The respective faculty are committed to furthering their already strong research programs, and to providing the highest level of education across our undergraduate and graduate programs.

About the College of Science

George Mason University’s College of Science (COS) offers over 40 interdisciplinary degree and certificate programs in physical, life, mathematical, earth and space sciences, data, forensics and policy to over 3000 students each year. The college, a crucial part of the university’s goal to promote research of consequence, accounts for roughly 30% of the university’s research expenditure. The college’s broad regional presence, combined with strategic national and international connections, reinforces the college’s mission to provide world-class scientific leadership important to modern society. George Mason University, located just outside of Washington, DC, is Virginia’s largest public research university. For additional information, email cosnews@gmu.edu.