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Dean LarsonDaniel J. Larson, Verne M. Willaman Dean, is nationally recognized as a leader in physics education and an accomplished researcher in atomic, molecular and optical physics, came to Penn State in 1998 as Dean of the Eberly College of Science and was named the Verne M. Willaman Dean in 2001.

He began his career in 1970 as assistant professor of physics at Harvard University and advanced to associate professor of physics where he continued until 1978. He then joined the faculty of the University of Virginia as an associate professor of physics, became a professor in 1987, served as associate dean of arts and sciences from 1989-1991, and was chairman of the physics department from 1991 until 1997. In 1996, he was named the Maxine S. and Jesse W. Beams Professor of Physics.

He earned his B.A. in Physics and Math, Summa Cum Laude in 1966 from St. Olaf College; M.A. in Physics in 1967 from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Physics in 1971 from Harvard University. Dean Larson recently became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society.

 

Daniel J. Larson, Verne M. Willaman Dean

Penn State Eberly College of Science
517 Thomas Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-9591 -- Fax: 814-863-0491
sciencedean@psu.edu

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