Linn D. Van Woerkom, a faculty member in the Department of Physics since 1992, has been named associate provost and director of the University Honors & Scholars Center, Provost Joseph A. Alutto has announced. Van Woerkom replaces Linda Harlow, who retired as director last week. In this new role, he will provide leadership for the center, including overseeing and monitoring Honors curriculum university-wide, as well as the Honors Collegium Program. A recipient of an Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, Van Woerkom's distinguished teaching focuses on plasma physics, optics and lasers; and his research has been published in several prestigious journals. He has extensive university-wide service, including a long commitment as a collegium mentor. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Southern California. Read more: http://oaa.osu.edu.