A year ago, we found ourselves at the beginning of the pandemic. Classes moved online and uncertainty about the future pervaded our lives. Much has changed in that time and uncertainty remains, but the path forward is clearer and hope for a return to some version of normal seems to be within reach. In the meantime, the work of educating, discovering and engaging continues.
Anti-racism next steps
You may have seen my message earlier this week about next steps for anti-racism work in the College. I hope everyone will take some time to look over the recommendations from the collegiate anti-racism work group and provide your thoughts. With the start of the trial of Derek Chauvin this week, I also want to make sure the CBS community is aware of the resources available through the University.
Associate dean openings
I shared the news in recent weeks that both John Ward and Carrie Wilmot are stepping down from their associate dean roles. I encourage faculty members interested in the positions to apply. We’ve just started reviewing applications for associate dean for undergraduate education (50% effort; ID #339327) and will begin doing so soon for the position of associate dean for graduate education (30% effort; ID #339538). If you would like to discuss either of these opportunities in more detail before applying, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
While we miss gathering in person, the show must go on. To that end, we have a number of virtual biology-focused events coming up this spring including conversations about climate change and pharmaceutical pollution as well as biology-themed lightning talks at SciSpark 2021. Our next Petri Dish conversation coming up March 17 focuses on making STEM more inclusive and addressing inequities in STEM education.