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Two Biology department faculty leave for deanships at Columbia

Two professors in the Biology department are leaving Haverford at the end of this year for Columbia University, according to a department email from interim chair Judith Owen.

Professor of Biology Jenni Punt, a 1983 graduate of Bryn Mawr, will become Associate Dean for Student Research at Columbia. Punt will join her husband and former 13th President Stephen Emerson ’74, currently director of the university’s Herbert Irving Cancer Center, where together they will “continue to run their research program in stem cell biology,” the email said.

Associate professor of Biology Andrea Morris ’91 will leave to assume the post of Assistant Dean of Academic Diversity starting August 1.

According to Owen’s email, the Biology department plans to hire two full-time and several part-time faculty for the next two years. In addition to Punt and Morris’ departure, next year assistant professor Rachel Hoang will be on leave and associate professor Iruka Okeke will go on maternity leave.

“We will be advertising for these incoming faculty over the next few weeks and will include students in the process of faculty selection as much as possible,” Owen wrote.

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