Myron Campbell, professor of physics, has been named interim associate dean for the natural sciences at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. Campbell succeeds Chris Poulsen, who has served in the role since July 2018. Campbell’s term began July 1, 2022.
“I am delighted to welcome Professor Campbell as the interim associate dean for the natural sciences,” said Anne Curzan, dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. “Our natural sciences departments are outstanding across the board. They are home to some of the world’s brightest, most forward-thinking, and innovative researchers, who are pushing the boundaries of what we understand about the world and the universe, and how we can lead in creating positive change. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of LSA’s scientific research and teaching in addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. Professor Campbell is not only a distinguished scientist and teacher, he’s an excellent leader and a great asset to the university.”
In his role as interim associate dean, Campbell will work with natural sciences chairs and directors in the division’s 14 units: Applied Physics, Astronomy, Biological Station, Chemistry, Complex Systems, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Mathematics, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Museum of Paleontology, Physics, Program in Biophysics, Program in Computing for the Arts and Sciences, and Statistics.
"One of the exciting aspects of this role is learning about all of the incredible research taking place in the departments,” said Campbell. “I also enjoy being able to help provide the talented faculty, students, and staff who come to Michigan with the tools, information, and resources they need to be successful, and collaborating with them. The natural sciences play a key role in our advancement as a society, and I look forward to supporting and advocating the research, scholarship, and learning experiences within LSA."
A physicist, Campbell’s area of research in High Energy Physics focuses on the properties of elementary particles to better understand how the universe works at its most fundamental level. Most recently, he taught the undergraduate honors section of introductory physics, exploring the theory of electricity and magnetism. Currently, he is working on the Mu2e experiment at the Fermilab accelerator, studying the fundamental forces of muons.
Campbell is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. A faculty member at the University of Michigan since 1989, this is his second stint in this role, having served as associate dean for natural sciences from 2009-2015; he was also chair of the LSA Physics department from 2004-2009.