New year brings new Website, new School of Earth & Sustainability, new dean Tricia Serio

Featured in the CNS Newsletter: Issue 14 - February 2017

For me, 2017 is starting off with a lot of great news. We just launched the new CNS website—I invite you to explore it, and let me know what you think. CNS also welcomes the new School of Earth & Sustainability (SES), which brings together diverse academic programs, research, and outreach that share a common focus on earth, sustainability, and environmental sciences (check back in late February for the new SES website). And saving the best for last—I’m delighted to introduce our new CNS Dean, Tricia R. Serio.

Picture of Tricia SerioCurrently professor and head of the department of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona, Tricia is a wonderful choice for the position: she is an outstanding researcher with a specialty in protein folding with a great deal of experience as a campus leader.

Since 2002, I’ve had the pleasure to serve both the College of Natural Resources and the Environment and the College of Natural Sciences.  I’ve loved having an opportunity to work with faculty engaging in forward-thinking research and teaching tomorrow’s best scientific minds, and to interact with so many alumni who are using their degrees in such important ways. While I am going to miss many aspects of being dean, I am very excited to rejoin the faculty ranks next year and that’s due in large part because of the confidence I have in Tricia’s ability.

I will serve as dean until Tricia assumes the role in August, and will work closely with her once she arrives. I’m confident that Tricia’s well-rounded expertise and creative energy make her the ideal choice to continue the college’s important work and to lead the college in its next phase of delivering world-class research, award-winning teaching, and distinguished outreach and service. 

I hope you’ll take a moment to read campus announcement about Tricia. In it she says, “I am thrilled to join the University of Massachusetts Amherst and especially the College of Natural Sciences. I look forward to working with faculty, staff and students to build on the strong traditions of excellence, engagement and inclusivity in service of our mission.”

We are all still hard at work on a range of initiatives, so expect to hear more great news!