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Release date: September 4

Boyd joins Division of Mathematics and Sciences faculty at Wayland

Dr. Joel Boyd has joined the faculty in the Division of Mathematics and Sciences at Wayland Baptist University.

A 1997 graduate of Wayland, Boyd returns to his alma mater after completing a PhD at Rice University. While in Houston, he was an adjunct assistant professor of chemistry at Houston Baptist University and a teaching assistant at Rice.

In graduate school, Boyd conducted research projects in chemistry, including one in which he developed and characterized polymeric materials for holographic data storage applications. He also worked on a joint project with Dr. Daniel Mittleman at Rice on determining the effects of nanoscale confinement on the THz dielectric properties of water.

Boyd won the male Citizenship Award at Wayland in 1997 and received awards for outstanding achievement in chemistry and math. He also received the Harry B. Weiser Award for Excellence in Teaching of Chemistry from Rice in 1999. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Optical Society of America.

He had several articles on which he collaborated published in scientific journals during his academic career.

"We are tickled to death to have him as a faculty member. He was preparing for research and decided he wanted to teach. That's our main thing here. We encourage our faculty to do research and I feel sure he'll continue that here," Dr. J. Hoyt Bowers, chairman of the Division of Mathematics and Sciences.

Dr. Harold Temple, professor of chemistry at Wayland, said Boyd brings rich expertise to the department.