Needham resident Richard French, the McDowell/Whiting professor of astrophysics at Wellesley College, and Wellesley resident Kathryn Lynch, the Bates/Hart professor of English, have been appointed as academic deans at the school.
They replace Joanne Berger-Sweeney of Natick and Holliston resident Adele Wolfson, who are concluding six years of service in the dean’s office.
French is director of Wellesley’s Whitin Observatory and chairman of its astronomy and geosciences departments. Lynch is chairwoman of the English department and a leading specialist on English poet Geoffrey Chaucer.
Wellesley resident Katharine Moon, a political science professor who holds the Edith Stix Wasserman chair in Asian studies, will join the first class of research associates at the National Asia Research Program. She is one of 40 scholars selected nationwide for a two-year term by the National Bureau of Asian Research and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The new research and conference program is designed to promote policy-relevant studies of Asia.
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