Frances Hellman named Dean of Math & Physical Science, L&S

Professor Christopher McKee to serve as interim Dean Through year-end.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Professor Frances Hellman has accepted appointment as Dean of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in the College of Letters and Science, effective Jan. 1, 2015. I would also like to take this occasion to thank Mark Richards for his exceptional service to the College of Letters and Science, as Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences since 2002, and concurrently as Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science since 2006.

Professor Frances Hellman
Frances Hellman joined the Physics Department at UC Berkeley in 2005 and served as chair of the department from 2007 to 2013. Her research in condensed matter physics and materials science is focused on understanding the physics of novel magnetic, semiconducting, and superconducting materials, especially in thin film form. In addition to her affiliation with the Physics Department, Frances has appointments in Berkeley’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, and in the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Frances has been on many national and local science boards, including the Executive Board of the American Physical Society, the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Board for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the National Academies’ Board on Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Energy’s Division of Materials Science and Engineering Council, and the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics. She has been active in COSMOS, a statewide math and science summer program for high school students, and the SF Exploratorium, as well as other outreach organizations.

Frances received her BA in Physics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and her PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1985. She has been a fellow of the American Physical Society since 1997, and she was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013. She won the American Physics Society Keithley Instrumentation Award in 2006.