Since 2002, I’ve had the pleasure to serve both the College of Natural Resources and the Environment and the College of Natural Sciences. One of the best things about being Dean is having the opportunity to work with all of our talented, innovative, and capable faculty, staff, students, and alumni. It’s been a privilege to work with you to strengthen the mission, impact, and stature of the college and the campus. Even as we look ahead to new goals and ideas, we should all be proud of everything we’ve achieved.
Recently, I got together with a group of students and faculty who are participating in the “Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship” (PURF) program. New PURF students met with faculty mentors and returning PURF fellows to check in about their research projects and share ideas about how to get the most out of their time at UMass Amherst.
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.
This past fall, I taught a freshmen seminar for international students. In the class there were 19 students from all over the world – China, Greece, Singapore, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zambia, Vietnam, Myanmar and England.
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