Professors named associate deans in new College of Science
CLEMSON — In anticipation of the Clemson University College of Science’s official start July 1, the college has tapped two veteran Clemson professors to lead its research and academic efforts.
Alumni Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences Lesly Temesvari has been named associate dean for research and chemistry professor Brian Dominy will serve as associate dean for academic affairs.
As associate deans of the new College of Science, Temesvari and Dominy will bring together the fields of mathematics, physical sciences and life sciences with a clear focus on finding discoveries for the future. The college will be composed of departments of biological sciences, chemistry, genetics and biochemistry, mathematical sciences, and physics and astronomy.
“I am excited to welcome two such dedicated scholars and leaders into the project to build a completely new College of Science at Clemson University,” said Mark Leising, interim dean of the College of Science.
Temesvari will work to help faculty in the college succeed in forefront research. She will build research services, including proposal development and grants management.
Temesvari joined the Clemson faculty in 1999 after post-doctoral work at the LSU Health Sciences Center from 1993 to 1997. She is a founding member of Clemson’s Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center (EPIC) and serves as principal investigator for three National Institutes of Health grants.
Temesvari’s research focuses on characterizing virulence in the dysentery-causing human parasite, Entamoeba histolytica. She received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Windsor (Windsor, Canada) and her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University (Montreal, Canada).
Dominy will be responsible for developing the College of Science student services operations, including student advising and recruiting, and leading college efforts to improve curricula and interdisciplinary science offerings.
Dominy has been on the Clemson faculty since 2005 after working as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University for four years. At Clemson, Dominy has served as undergraduate program director in chemistry, on the chemistry department’s assessment committee, the College of Engineering and Science (CES) curriculum committee, the CES global engagement committee, the university undergraduate curriculum committee and the university assessment committee.
Dominy’s research interests involve the development of computational models of biological molecules with emphasis on improved statistical mechanical methods and applications in drug design. He received his Ph.D. from the Scripps Research Institute and his Bachelor of Science in biological sciences in a computer science track with a minor in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.
The creation of the new College of Science is part of a university-wide academic college reorganization stemming from the university’s ClemsonForward strategic plan. A key enabler to the strategic plan’s success, the reorganization is designed to give each department and school a more strategic path to national prominence.