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Josef Kurtz Named Interim Associate Dean of Natural Sciences

The new year rings in 1,445,297 in grant dollars for Emmanuel professors. As of the Spring 2015 semester, Josef Kurtz has been appointed the interim position of Associate Dean of Natural Sciences, a position created to work on the nuts and bolts of grant funded research.

Kurtz will also oversee labs on campus, which includes ordering chemicals and equipment, set up, and prep.

Four departments are involved in grant research: chemistry, biology, physics, and psychology. Grants have been awarded to Emmanuel faculty since the completion of the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center Building in September 2009.

Kurtz said his position is “a way of making sure that there’s someone that has kind of eye on making sure that, if this committee is supposed to meet twice a year, that it’s meeting twice a year, how is it documented, how is that recorded so that if someone were to come in and do an audit or something like that, that it would all be there.”

Kurtz added that “a lot of it was, with the changes in the administration, [regarding Dr. DeLeo] and realizing that, you know, these were things that the ball couldn’t get dropped on”

The new position will alleviate some of the difficulties facing professors applying for grants. Kurtz hopes to streamline the process with the help of his prior knowledge of the application processes.

The grant money, just shy of 1.5 million dollars, allows Emmanuel to allocate the money that would have been spent on research elsewhere, said Kurtz.

Students benefit from grant money as well. They are eligible for paid positions assisting professors with their research. Students can also be credited in the studies findings, which ultimately gives them a leg up in the science world, Kurtz said.

“How do we better prepare all you guys for what happens when you walk across that stage?” Kurtz said of science major students at Emmanuel. “It’s hopefully a way for allowing more of that creativity within the faculty, within the students to kind of flourish [in their scientific field of choice.]”

Abbi Matheson is a Staff reporter for The Hub. Email her at

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