Gloria Marí-Beffa named L&S associate dean for natural, physical and mathematical sciences

The professor has served as the math department chair since 2014.

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The College of Letters & Science is delighted to announce that Gloria Marí-Beffa has been appointed associate dean for the natural, physical and mathematical sciences.

Marí-Beffa, a professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, will begin the post on January 5, 2018, the start of the spring semester. Previous associate dean Eric Wilcots has moved into the position of Interim Deputy Dean and Associate Dean for Research.

A specialist in Poisson geometry and integrability, Marí-Beffa grew up in Málaga, Spain, and earned her Ph.D. in mathematics in 1991 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She joined the UW-Madison math department in 1997 and has been the department’s chair since 2014.

In addition to her outstanding scholarship and teaching, Marí-Beffa has helped the math department recruit and retain more female faculty than nearly any other major research university in the country. She has served as the chair of the equity and diversity committee in the College of Letters & Science and volunteered as a coordinator of a UW mentorship program that connects high school girls with undergraduate and graduate students in math and science majors.

In 2006, Marí-Beffa received the College of Letters & Science Academic Staff Excellence Mid-Career Award, and the following year she earned the Letters & Science Faculty Advising Award. She received the Philip R. Certain Award for outstanding research, teaching and service contributions to the college in 2011-12, and was awarded the Simons Fellowship by the Simons Foundation the next year.