David Targan, PhD is Associate Dean of the College for Science and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics. Dean Targan received degrees from Brown (Sc.B.), University of California-Los Angeles (M.A.), and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.). While at UCLA and Minnesota, he conducted research on cataclysmic binary stars at Lick Observatory, Mt. Lemmon, and Palomar. Dean Targan is a member of Brown’s Department of Physics and, as Director of the Ladd Observatory, oversees public programming and special programs in which area teachers and students conduct original research in astronomy using Brown’s supercomputer and telescopes.