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George Watson
Dean
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
University of Delaware
4 Kent Way
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-2793
Fax: 302-831-6398

Biography

George H. Watson holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Delaware; he is currently the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UD and a Professor of Physics at the University of Delaware. As Dean of the largest college, he is responsible for the leadership and administration of the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences at UD. http://www.physics.udel.edu/~watson/cv.html

George is founding director of the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education, created by UD to promote reform of undergraduate education through faculty development and course design. He has been a member of several organizing committees for international problem-based learning conferences and one of the founders of the Pan-American Network for PBL. He has been supported by a NSF DUE grant for development of PBL curricula for introductory physics and by ALO/USAID funding for a project on science education reform in Peru through PBL. George has also served as the principal investigator of the National Science Foundation GK-12 Project “Improvement of Science Education in Vocational Technical High Schools through Collaborative Learning and Coteaching.” He is a board member and Vice President of the Delaware Arts Alliance.

George’s physics research has been in experimental condensed matter physics and laser spectroscopy, funded by NSF in the areas of optically-disordered random media, photon localization, and photonic band structure measurements, particularly in colloidal crystals.

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