Monday, November 17, 2008
Prof. Gregg Franklin Named Head of Carnegie Mellon's Physics Department
Gregg B. Franklin, professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science (MCS), has been named head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Physics, effective Nov. 1. He succeeds Fred Gilman, who served as department head from 1999 until he was appointed dean of MCS in April 2008.
"Gregg Franklin has been a leader in research and in the Mellon College of Science," Gilman said. "I very much look forward to working with Gregg as physics builds for the future."
Franklin joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1984, and has served as MCS's associate dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs since 2002. During that time, he has been a leader among the medium-energy physics group and an innovator in teaching. Most recently, Franklin has been a member of the multi-center G0 experiment that is attempting to determine what impact strange quarks and their antiparticle partners have on a proton's electromagnetic properties. In the classroom, he was the first professor at Carnegie Mellon to use "clickers," an interactive classroom response system that provides student feedback during a lecture.
"I am honored to become head of the Physics Department," Franklin said. "The department is experiencing a great time of growth, with the establishment of the Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology, and burgeoning research in emerging fields such as cellular membrane physics. It will be an exciting time to lead my colleagues and our students into the future."
Franklin received his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his doctorate in nuclear physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications and has served as spokesperson for several international physics collaborations.