Greetings to all of our alumni!
It’s been a whirlwind coming up to speed in the wake of Michael King’s 20+ years of tireless leadership. I took over the reins on July 1, 2019, and it turns out there is plenty to do in keeping the department on track and operating! Fortunately, we spent the last year or so developing a forward looking Five-Year Strategic Plan, and this has been serving as a roadmap for where we want to be and how we want to operate. Some significant progress has been made in terms of numbers of graduate students (now at 51—a record!) and new hires. The latter are featured elsewhere in this newsletter, notably Professors Clements, Razunguzwa and Schofield, where we have been able to deepen our roster by broadening faculty categories to address specific needs. Welcome aboard! While saying goodbye to long-time laboratory manager Greg Thomas we welcome Javeline Chansa, research program associate. Javeline has been part of the team for some time, yet her new duties will evolve to support the research enterprise more broadly. Looking ahead for the next few months, we have two faculty searches in progress. By the next newsletter, I hope to report on new bioorganic and physical chemistry assistant professors!
Dr. Christopher Cahill