Graduate School News

Matson Elected to National Graduate Education Board

December 18, 2012

Björn B. Brandenburg

Steven W. Matson, dean of The Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been elected to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Board of Directors. He will serve a three-year term.

The CGS board was announced at the organization’s 52nd Annual Meeting, held early December in Washington, D.C.

Matson, professor and former chair of the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has served as dean of The Graduate School since 2008. He joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 1983.

He is a recipient of the American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award and has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, where he served as an editorial board member from 2000 to 2005.

At Carolina, he has taught a variety of courses, including: Current Topics in Biology, Advanced Molecular Biology, Advanced Cell Biology and honors sections of Genetics and Molecular Biology. A past recipient of the University's Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Matson has served on a number of campus committees.

His research focuses on DNA repair, conjugative DNA transfer and enzymatic mechanisms and biological roles of DNA helicases.

The Council of Graduate Schools is made up of more than 500 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada engaged in graduate education, research and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees. The organization is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors elected from member institutions.

Information on the full CGS Board of Directors