Beginning July 1, The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics will be under the leadership of new interim dean John Weinstein, Ph.D.
Weinstein, who has been The Citadel's biology department head for five years, was appointed by Connie Book, the college's provost and dean. Weinstein came to The Citadel's Department of Biology in 2000; he was promoted to department head in 2011.
In his new capacity, Weinstein will head The Citadel's biology, chemistry, health, exercise and sport science, mathematics and computer science and physics departments.
Weinstein holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Rutgers University and a master's degree in biology from East Carolina University. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of South Carolina. He completed his postdoctoral research at the Miami University Department of Zoology, and has taught at Western Michigan University and Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Weinstein succeeds Lok C. Lew Yan Voon, Ph.D., who became The Citadel's dean in 2012. He is leaving The Citadel for the University of West Georgia, where he will serve as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.
“Dr. Lok Lew Yan Voon’s successes as dean were many, including advancing the school’s contributions to the college’s long range LEAD Plan 2018 through the expansion of undergraduate research, as well as shepherding the initial efforts to establish a nursing program at The Citadel,” Book said.
Weinstein's research is focused on environmental toxicology. He has also extensively studied natural and anthropogenic stressor interactions, food web transfer of chemical contaminants and risk assessment, as well as hydrocarbon pollution on salt marsh animals and chemical contamination of storm water retention ponds.
He has led Citadel cadets on research into the sources, fate, and effects of microplastic pollution in Lowcountry estuaries.
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