As I finish my first year at UConn, I am ecstatic at the changes that have been made, and filled with excitement as we continue to make progress towards our mission and goals. My past experiences at National Science Foundation and University of Akron give me a unique perspective, having been in a role of assisting others obtain resources for geoscience research to a role where I am responsible for making things happen with the Geosciences program at UConn.
Geosciences is a STEM field that has a tremendous scope, even larger than those in engineering, mathematics, physics, and biology. This breadth is at the front of my mind as I look to develop new opportunities for the Center for Integrative Geosciences, which includes faculty affiliates from the departments of ecology and evolutionary biology; chemistry; physics; geography; marine sciences; and the School of Engineering and the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources.
What attracted me to UConn is that the institution is growing and taking on ambitious new initiatives. I like to be part of that kind of atmosphere. I look forward to partnering with other scholars on campus who study climate change, sustainability, and energy resources, and to enhance the experiences for geoscience undergraduate and graduate students through increased course offerings, international travel opportunities, and increased field work. Global studies are really relevant to today’s students, and it is one of the biggest advantages that our field offers.
It takes a complete understanding of Earth and how it works to better inform us of what our future world will look like. Our goals and mission for the Center align nicely with UConn’s NextGeneration initiative, and their STEM focus, and we continue to work hard at making positive changes not only to our Geoscience courses, labs, and programs, but also to the classrooms and hallways of Beach Hall, as we are also coordinating building renovations for our classrooms, hallways, and labs. 2015-16 will bring great things to UConn’s Geosciences program. Stay tuned…