From the Chair
Our department is celebrating its 70th anniversary. In 1950, we spun out of the Chemistry Department and became part of the School of Medicine. By 1960 we had a new building, J-wing in the Health Sciences Building. By 1970, we had 20 faculty members. As I thought about our history, it surprised me to realize that I have been a faculty member here for nearly half of the life of the department. Many things have changed since I arrived as a new assistant professor, but the important essence of the department remains the same. We have always had a wonderful collaborative spirit, cheering each other on, rather than focusing solely on ourselves. We became diverse in our scientific endeavors decades ago, with research stretching from structural biology to molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Since then, the diversity of our department has expanded beyond scientific interests with more diverse voices at the table than ever before. Just as we value our diverse scientific endeavors, so, too, do we value the diverse backgrounds and life experiences of our faculty, staff and students. I am proud to be part of a University that places such high value on equity, diversity and inclusion. We've made progress, but there is so much more to be done. In the new year and new decade, I look forward to more opportunities to engage a greater diversity of voices and strive for greater excellence in our teaching and research.