Goldstein named associate dean of natural sciences and mathematics in CLAS

Weaver to retire from position after 30 years

Dean Danny J. Anderson has named Robert H. Goldstein the next associate dean of natural sciences and mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Robert Goldstein

Goldstein, Merrill W. Haas Distinguished Professor of Geology, will succeed Robert Weaver as associate dean effective July 1. Weaver, a professor of biochemistry, will retire after 40 years at KU as a faculty member and administrator.

The position is a key administrative role in the dean’s office of the largest academic unit at KU. Goldstein will supervise 13 departments and programs. He brings to the position several years’ administrative experience as chair of the Department of Geology. He served as chair from 2004-2009 and has served on the faculty since 1985. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher.

Robert Weaver

“Robert’s leadership in the Department of Geology has equipped him with invaluable skills for this challenging role. He brings a wealth of expertise in teaching, research and service; fund-raising; and fostering a strong alumni network,” Anderson said. “I look forward to his insight as we continue to enhance the stature of the College and KU as an international research university.”

Goldstein earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. He specializes in research on carbonate rocks, a group of sedimentary rocks composed of the minerals calcite and dolomite, and containing more than half of the world’s oil. His research program integrates large-scale fieldwork in various areas around the world and microscopic and geochemical analyses of mineral precipitates in pore systems of rocks. In particular, Goldstein has pioneered the fluid inclusion technique for determining the pressure, temperature and fluid chemistry of mineral precipitation. His research addresses fundamental scientific questions as well as research that directly applies to oil and gas exploration.

Goldstein’s dedication to teaching at KU has been recognized with a faculty fellowship in the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Silver Anniversary Teaching Award and a William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.

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