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Suzanne Hawley Named Divisional Dean for the Natural Sciences at the University of Washington

June 2016

June 20, 2016 Seattle — Robert Stacey, Dean of the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences, announced that Suzanne Hawley will be the next Divisional Dean for the Natural Sciences.

Suzanne Hawley

“I am delighted that Suzanne has agreed to become our next Divisional Dean,” said Dean Stacey. “The Natural Sciences play a critical role in our College and at the University. Our nine departments and many centers provide us with methods to investigate and understand ourselves, our world, and the universe, from the subatomic to the cosmic level. Suzanne is part of our great culture of discovery and our world-class research efforts. I am looking forward to working with her,” he added.

Hawley is currently a professor and associate chair in the Department of Astronomy, and she previously served as chair in the department from 2006-2011. Her research is primarily in stellar astrophysics, particularly in the areas of magnetic activity, flares, low mass stars, brown dwarfs, variable stars, star clusters and galactic structure. Hawley has been the director of the ARC 3.5-m Telescope at Apache Point Observatory since 2005, and serves on several national committees devoted to the construction and oversight of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the major NSF Astronomy project designed to image the night sky every few days for ten years.

“I look forward to promoting interdisciplinary studies in my new role,” said Hawley. “The world of big data is upon us. It is essential that our students have the opportunity to engage in world-class research, while also obtaining an integrated arts and sciences education. Scientists need to be excellent writers and communicators, and to understand the broader social and historical context of their work.”

A member of the UW Astronomy faculty since 2000, Hawley is a fourth-generation Washingtonian. She was born in Seattle and graduated from Ballard High School. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Physics at Harvey Mudd College, and both her Master of Arts and Ph.D in Astronomy at the University of Texas, Austin, followed by postdoctoral work as a Hubble Fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She previously taught at Michigan State University. Hawley will begin her role part-time July 1, 2016 and transition to the full-time divisional dean role September 1, 2016.


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