Leading the March

Department of Mathematics Professor Peter March was named Interim Divisional Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences, effective October 1, 2010.

“The strength of the natural and mathematical sciences at Ohio State is truly impressive,” said March. “The division and the college are extremely well-placed to play leadership roles in meeting some of the critical challenges of our times through research, teaching, outreach, and engagement.”

Since 2006, he has been serving as the Director of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation. March succeeds Divisional Dean Matthew Platz, who has accepted a one-year appointment as director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation. An agreement with the university allows Platz to remain an Ohio State faculty member.

“I am thrilled that Peter March has agreed to serve as Interim Dean,” said Joseph Steinmetz, executive dean and vice provost. “He understands the key issues in natural and mathematical sciences and I am confident he will provide important leadership to further strengthen our research and teaching programs in the life, physical, and computational sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.”

March has a bachelor’s degree with Honors in Mathematics from Dalhousie University and a doctoral degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. Prior to this appointment, he was the Chair of the Department of Mathematics (1998-2006) and an associate director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (2003-2005).