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Yale scientist Sandy Chang to oversee undergraduate STEM education

April 25, 2017

Yale researcher Dr. Sandy Chang ’88 has joined the Yale College Dean's Office as assistant dean for science education, Dean Jonathan Holloway announced.

Chang is a professor at the School of Medicine's Department of Laboratory Medicine, where he serves as associate director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory. He holds secondary appointments as Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. He also runs a basic science lab at the School Medicine, studying structures at the ends of chromosomes called telomeres, and signs out clinical cases.

Chang will oversee the quality of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education in Yale College, working on a wide range of long-term initiatives that affect STEM education and advising, and serving as the liaison between undergraduate science and QR (quantitative reasoning) faculty and the Yale College Dean’s Office. As assistant dean for science education, he will staff the Science and the QR Councils, working with both groups on course approvals, distributional requirements, and overall strategy. He will also provide academic oversight for the research fellowships process, identify non-Faculty of Arts and Sciences teaching requirements in science and QR courses, and help to recruit instructors.

A molecular biology and biophysics major at Yale, Chang earned his M.D./Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University Medical College and Rockefeller University. He was recruited to the Yale medical school in 2010. At Yale, he has worked closely with both of his predecessors in the role he is now taking up: Bill Segraves, with whom Chang served on the faculty in the “Perspectives in Science and Engineering” course, and Carl Hashimoto, with whom Chang for the past two years has reviewed Freshman Summer Fellowships.

“An Ezra Stiles fellow, longtime sophomore and freshman adviser, and instructor of a freshman seminar called ‘Topics in Cancer Biology (MBB 50),’ Sandy is superbly positioned to support STEM education for students in Yale College. I hope you will join me in welcoming him,” said Holloway.

Submitted by June Fisher on April 26, 2017