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Letters to the Faculty: March 1, 2011

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Amber D. Miller, the Walter LeCroy Jr. Associate Professor of Physics, to be the Dean of Science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, effective today, March 1, 2011. Amber was recruited to Columbia in 2002 to develop a new experimental cosmology program. Over the past eight years, she has built and led one of the leading programs of its kind. Amber's work in experimental cosmology involves measuring temperature and polarization anisotropies in the Cosmic Microwave Background with the goal of probing the physics of the early universe, and measuring the growth and evolution of the large-scale structure. Her current projects include the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Array, the Q U Imaging Experiment (QUIET), and the E and B Experiment (EBEX). Recent honors and awards related to this work include an NSF Career Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has recently served as the Chief Science Advisor to the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau.

Amber received her B.A. from the U.C. Berkeley, her Ph.D. from Princeton, and was a Hubble Fellow at the University of Chicago. Her exemplary service on a variety of faculty committees at Columbia, including the Faculty Budget Group, the Space Planning Committee, the Academic Review Committee, and especially her chairing of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences while overseeing the recent reforms in faculty governance, have prepared her well to take on this important role in my office. As Dean of Science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences she will both coordinate efforts within the Arts and Sciences to support research and teaching in the sciences and work with the leadership across the University to enhance the basic sciences at Columbia.

Please join me in welcoming Amber to this new position.

All best,


Nicholas B. Dirks
Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History
Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences