Dr. Daniel Carson, currently the Trustees Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware, has been appointed dean of Rice University’s Wiess School of Natural Sciences, effective January 1, 2009. He will succeed Kathleen Matthews when she relinquishes the position after serving as dean for 10 years.
At the University of Delaware, Carson led a $25 million renovation of the building that houses the Department of Biological Sciences, creation of the Center for Translational Cancer Research Core Facility, comprehensive revision of the undergraduate curriculum and organization of the undergraduate research program. Carson also established the Human Health Initiative in the state of Delaware — a collaboration among the University of Delaware, Nemours Research Institute, Christiana Hospital System/Graham Cancer Center, Delaware Technical College, Delaware State University and Thomas Jefferson University.
Prior to the University of Delaware, Carson was on the faculty at the U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he also served on the steering committee for the Texas Forum on Female Reproduction and chaired the Serono Symposium on Embryo Implantation: Cellular, Molecular and Clinical Aspects. He holds a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from Temple University.