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Bruce Cochrane named dean of the Graduate School

Bruce Cochrane, professor of biology and associate dean for graduate and undergraduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida, has been named associate provost for research and scholarship and dean of the Graduate School. He will assume his new role Aug. 1.

“Bruce Cochrane brings a wealth of experience and ideas to the posts of Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Research,” said Provost Jeffrey Herbst. “Further, he has the intellectual curiosity to be able to work with colleagues across the campus. He will be a great addition to Miami.”

Cochrane has been at University of South Florida 25 years, previously serving as director of interdisciplinary studies and as director of graduate studies for biology, among other roles.

His research interests are in the distribution of genetic variation in natural populations and the molecular basis of evolutionary adaptation. He has received competitive funding from numerous agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Active in recruiting a diverse graduate student population at USF, Cochrane wrote in his letter to the search committee, “Without question, it is absolutely essential that diversity be a priority at all levels of academia.”

During his time in the dean’s office, new doctoral programs in social work, environmental sciences and policy/geography were successfully implemented and other programs are pending.

Cochrane received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University and a master’s in zoology and a doctorate in genetics, both from Indiana University.

Date Published: 03/22/2007
Volume: 26   Number: 17

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