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“To the Jonathan Edwards College Community,

It gives us great pleasure to announce the appointment of W. Mark Saltzman, the Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, as JE’s next head of college in a five-year term, effective July 1, 2016.

Professor Saltzman has been a member of the Yale faculty since 2002, with appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Cellular & Molecular Physiology. In 2003 he became the founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, serving in that role until 2015. He focuses his research on the fields of drug delivery, biomaterials, nanobiotechnology, and tissue engineering, and has led research programs that introduced mathematical models to guide the design of drug delivery systems; developed new methods for drug delivery to brain tumors; and produced the first controlled delivery systems for nerve growth factors, the first delivery systems for long-term protection against STDs using antibodies, and new materials for delivery of DNA and RNA. Over the past ten years, much of his research work has been conducted in collaboration with physician-scientists at the Yale School of Medicine.

With undergraduate courses examining topics from physiological systems and the physiology of health to the engineering of drug delivery, Professor Saltzman is a dedicated and acclaimed teacher. In 2009 he was awarded Yale’s Sheffield Teaching Prize for excellence in the classroom. His course on the “Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering” is available around the globe through the online Open Yale Courses program.

Professor Saltzman has been recognized widely for his excellence in research as well. He was named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society in 2010, a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering in 2012, and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2013. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He has delivered nearly 300 invited lectures throughout the world. His research is described in more than 300 research papers and patents, and he is the author of three textbooks. (He also has produced a raft of unpublished short stories on subjects unrelated to biomedical engineering.)

The grandson of farmers from southern Iowa, Professor Saltzman graduated with distinction from Iowa State University in 1981 with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He received an S.M. in chemical engineering (1984) and a Ph.D. in medical engineering (1987) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University and Cornell University before coming to Yale.

Joining Professor Saltzman as the newest members of the JE community are his wife, Christina Pavlak (an assistant professor of education at Quinnipiac University); their three-year-old daughter, Noa (life’s ambition: to live in a castle); a chocolate Labrador retriever named Quijote (“Q”), and Link the cat. Professor Pavlak shares her husband’s love of the classroom, having spent many years as a bilingual teacher in an elementary school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, before returning to the Northeast to earn advanced degrees in education from Columbia University and Boston College. She is an avid runner, a vegetarian, and a juggler (literally!), while Noa loves music, dancing, and telling stories. Both Professor Saltzman and Professor Pavlak enjoy riding motorcycles, although she is on sabbatical from that activity since Noa was born.

Professor Saltzman also has two adult sons: Alex, a 2011 graduate of Yale College, where he was a Silliman resident and majored in chemistry, and Zach, a rising senior in the computer engineering program at the University of Toronto. Alex and his partner Mary are expecting a baby boy (Professor Saltzman’s first grandchild) in August; Zach loves urban life and classic rock, but does not yet fully appreciate his father’s collection of vinyl from the ’70s and ’80s. Indeed, the entire family is united by a love of music (although divided as to favorite genre) and of reading books of all types. They also enjoy traveling—particularly their annual visits to Professor Saltzman’s family in Iowa and more frequent trips to Long Island, where Professor Pavlak’s family lives.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank the members of the search committee—Karla Neugebauer (chair), Susan Cahan, Cynthia Campos ’16, Russell Cohen ’17, Jay Emerson, Ayaska Fernando JE’08, Denzell Jobson ’17, Chinedum Osuji, Esther Soma ’16, and Rebecca Spaulding ’16—for their thoughtful work, and to reiterate our gratitude to Head of College Penelope Laurans for her service to the college and its students.

Please join us in welcoming Professor Mark Saltzman and his family to the JE community!


Peter Salovey
President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology

Jonathan Holloway
Dean of Yale College; Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies”

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