Indiana University Bloomington
The College of Arts and Sciences - Dean's Faculty and Staff Newsletter
April, 2009

Bennett I. BertenthalDear colleagues,

I am writing to remind you about my upcoming talk on the State of the College on Thursday, April 30th, at 3:30 p.m. in Whittenberger Auditorium of the IMU. A reception will follow in the Georgian Room.

In this talk I will share with you my thoughts on the challenges and opportunities confronting the College as we continue to navigate through this economic downturn.  In spite of fiscal constraints, the College initiated a number of new programs and activities this past year, such as Themester, and I look forward to telling you about them.  I will also discuss expectations concerning the budget for next year and strategies we are beginning to develop to address any budget shortfalls.  I’m sure that many of you have questions about the current status of the College, and I will be sure to leave sufficient time to respond to these questions.  I also look forward to getting to meet some of you personally for the first time.  It is your work and energy on which the College’s excellence depends, and it is my goal to do all that I can to support and facilitate your success as academicians.


Bennett I. Bertenthal
Dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

The College in the news

Thank you for responding to the draft of the Strategic Plan the College posted earlier this month.  Your comments are much appreciated.  We hope to begin revising the draft in May, so if you have not yet forwarded a comment either to Steve Watt or Bob Patterer, please do so at your earliest convenience.  Also, if you would like to meet with either of them, they would be pleased to do so.

Prof. Catherine Pilachowski

Pilachowski to become associate dean for graduate education

Prof. Catherine Pilachowski, the Daniel Kirkwood Chair in Astronomy, will become the College’s associate dean for graduate education on July 1, 2009. 

"Caty is well-known to many of her colleagues around campus, she is well-respected as a scientist and as a mentor to students, and she is well-liked by all.  I am delighted that she has agreed to join the Dean’s Office," said Bennett I. Bertenthal, dean.  "I want to take this opportunity to recognize the excellent job that Emília Martins has done as graduate dean for the past three years.  We all thank her for her service to the College."

Pilachowski teaches and conducts research on the evolution of stars and the chemical history of the Milky Way Galaxy from studies of the chemical composition of stars and star clusters. She served for more than 20 years on the scientific staff of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson. While at NOAO, she served as Project Scientist for the design and construction of the 3.5-meter WIYN Telescope, a telescope in which the IUB Astronomy Department holds a 17 percent share.

In addition to her astronomical research and teaching, Professor Pilachowski served as the interim dean of women’s affairs at IUB from 2007 to 2008. She has been active in the areas of light pollution, astronomical instrumentation, large telescope design and construction, electronic publications, women in science, and diversity. She has served on numerous national and international boards and committees, and was president of the American Astronomical Society from 2002 to 2004.

Professor Pilachowski received a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in California, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii, where she observed at the Mauna Kea Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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