Bioinformatics Professor Appointed Interim Dean of Idaho’s College of Science

Thursday, June 7 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – A distinguished interdisciplinary researcher with a strong commitment to teaching will serve as the interim dean of the University of Idaho’s College of Science. Paul Joyce, professor of mathematics, statistics and bioinformatics, will take up the interim post on June 24.

Joyce has been director of the university’s bioinformatics and computational biology program since 2009. He has served on the Faculty Senate since January 2010, most recently as chair.

“Paul Joyce is a champion for the advancement of interdisciplinary activities at the University of Idaho,” said Doug Baker, provost and executive vice president. “He also brings a collaborative spirit to this leadership role and will be a strong advocate for the vibrant teaching and research that are hallmarks not only of the College of Science, but the university as a whole.”

He is a sought-after presenter and lecturer, having given international presentations at Oxford University, Cambridge University and the University of Copenhagen. He also has given presentations in Sweden, Mexico, Germany, France, Canada, and at many universities and conferences in the United States. Currently, he is a co-principal investigator on a $ 1.2 million, multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to research patterns of adaptive evolution.

He has earned and been a collaborative investigator on competitive grants totaling more than $25 million.

“A university advances its mission in many ways, but the teaching, research and mentoring done by faculty members comprise a large part of what makes an institution work,” Joyce said. He is committed to enhancing the role and visibility of the faculty, raising awareness for research outreach efforts, and emphasizing the STEM disciplines, or science, technology, engineering and math.

“STEM disciplines are the future,” said Joyce. “University and college outreach efforts could not
only help our communities, but at the same time, inspire future majors.”

Joyce’s academic research interests include statistics; probability and stochastic modeling, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary research involving statistical inference in population genetics, molecular evolution, molecular ecology, systematic biology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.

He has co-authored numerous articles that have appeared in prestigious publications, including Nature Genetics; Genetics; the Journal of Computational Biology; The Annals of Probability; and the Annals of Applied Statistics. He also is an associate editor for the journal Biology Letters and a member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

Joyce earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Montana State University and his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Utah. He joined the University of Idaho faculty in 1991as an assistant professor of mathematics and statistics and was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and became a full professor in 2001. He has been a visiting scholar at University College in London, and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Washington and University of Southern California. He also has served as vice chair and chair of U-Idaho’s Faculty Senate.

Joyce succeeds Scott Wood, who accepted an appointment as Dean of the College of Mathematics and Science at North Dakota State University in Fargo. U-Idaho will begin a national search to identify candidates for consideration as the university’s next full-time, permanent College of Science dean.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission
furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a
statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic
locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student
experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small
learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic
Conference. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu.



About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.