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Ray Jayawardhana

The Harold Tanner Dean of Arts & Sciences

607-255-1097 as_dean@cornell.edu @drrayjay

Ray Jayawardhana joined Cornell University in September 2018 as the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences and professor of astronomy. A graduate of Yale and Harvard, he uses many of the world’s largest telescopes to explore planetary origins and diversity.

Jayawardhana is co-author of more than 125 papers in scientific journals. He is also a writer whose articles have appeared in publications including The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and Scientific American. His research and writing have led to numerous accolades, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a Radcliffe fellowship from Harvard and the Rutherford Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada.

His book “Strange New Worlds” was the basis for “The Planet Hunters” television documentary on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.; his book “Neutrino Hunters” won the Canadian Science Writers Association’s Book Award.

He served as the Dean of Science at York University, following 10 years on the faculty at the University of Toronto. Prior to that, he held a faculty position at the University of Michigan and a Miller Research Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned a Ph.D. degree in astronomy from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy and physics from Yale University.

An avid traveler, he has visited more than 55 countries and all seven continents. His travels, for research and writing, have included numerous visits to mountaintop observatories in Chile and Hawaii, a meteorite collecting expedition in Antarctica, a parabolic flight with the European Agency, a solar eclipse chase in western Mongolia and a descent into a South African mine with geobiologists.

 

Andrew Bass

Senior Associate Dean for Math & Science

607-254-4372 ahb3@cornell.edu

Andrew Bass is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. As Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, Bass oversees the physical and life sciences and mathematics disciplines, several interdisciplinary programs and the Diversity Council; serves as liaison to the university’s inter-college labs and science centers; and provides oversight for research funding in the College.

A behavioral and evolutionary neuroscientist, Bass’ research strives to explain how variation in vertebrate brain organization leads to different behavioral phenotypes both within and between species. Informed by studies of animals behaving in their native habitats, his research uses fishes as model systems to explain how animals generate acoustic communication signals and how the auditory system comes to be tuned to those signals.

 

Rachel Bean

Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

607-255-1097 reb55@cornell.edu

Rachel Bean is a Professor in the Department of Astronomy. As Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education for the College of Arts & Sciences, Bean oversees the undergraduate student services spanning admissions, advising and career development. She also provides oversight of the College’s undergraduate curriculum and serves as liaison to the university on the College’s undergraduate program.

Bean’s research is in the field of cosmology, the study of how the universe began and evolved into what we see today. Her work focuses on extracting information about cosmological theories, of dark energy, the properties of gravity on cosmic scales and primordial inflation, using astrophysical observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and large scale structure data (galaxies and clusters of galaxies).

 

Ted O'Donoghue

Senior Associate Dean for Social Science

607-255-1097 edo1@cornell.edu

Ted O'Donoghue is Zubrow Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics. As Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, O'Donoghue oversees the social science disciplines and a number of interdisciplinary programs. He also serves as liaison to the university on the College’s international programs and provides oversight of graduate education.

O’Donoghue’s research lies in the emerging field of behavioral economics, which incorporates insights from psychology into economics. Much of his research is in the domain of intertemporal choices, including research on self-control problems due to a time-inconsistent taste for immediate gratification and the impact of projecting current tastes onto predictions for what one will want in the future. O’Donoghue is currently researching how best to understand how people approach choices between risky options.

 

Derk Pereboom

Senior Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities

607-255-6825 dp346@cornell.edu

Derk Pereboom is the Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy and Ethics in the Department of Philosophy at Cornell. As Senior Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, he oversees departments and programs in the arts and humanities, the J.S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, and the College Scholar Program.

Pereboom’s research focuses primarily on free will and the nature of mind. In his books Living without Free Will (Cambridge 2001) and Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life (Oxford 2014) Pereboom defends and develops Spinoza’s view that we lack the sort of free will at issue in the traditional debate, but that this does not threaten the most important features of morality and meaning in life, and has the potential to enhance social harmony. In Consciousness and the Prospects of Physicalism (Oxford 2011), he sets out and explores two options for naturalist accounts of consciousness, each inspired by ideas proposed by Kant. Pereboom is deeply committed to graduate and undergraduate education, and he is the recipient of several teaching awards.

Senior Staff

Position Name Contact
Associate Dean of Administration David M. Taylor 607-255-1097
dmt32@cornell.edu
Interim Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs & Development Katherine Anderson 607-255-8478
kla77@cornell.edu
Director of Advising Bonnie Comella 607-255-4833 
bec3@cornell.edu
Director of Administration Melanie Holland Bell 607-255-4833 
mah10@cornell.edu
Director of Career Development Jennifer Maclaughlin 607-255-4166
jlm543@cornell.edu
Director of Communications Tricia M. Barry 607-255-7165
triciabarry@cornell.edu  @triciambarry
Director of Planning, Policy & Academic Support Kathleen Gemmell 607-255-7335
ksg3@cornell.edu