Outlook Magazine Fall 2021

Dean's Message:

For campus excitement, for the joy of colleagues, classmates and friends together again, fall 2021 may well be unmatched. Importantly, the College of Science and Technology returned to its familiar traditions. Convocation, a new sophomore celebration, the Science Education and Research Center humming with activity and much more is happening. Covid protocols remain, but we are in-person, and we are thriving!

In Outlook’s news section you can see our successes. In May, we held graduation ceremonies for both the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020. The latter featured an honorary degree presentation for Professor Madeleine Joullié, distinguished researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of CST’s Board of Visitors. On the research front, CST faculty identified the ‘mother’ of all SARS-COV-2 genomes, earned a National Science Foundation grant to build technology that helps people with disabilities find IT jobs, advanced our knowledge of the neutron and extended the life of the qubit. On page five, there is an inspiring story of a student’s first research experience leading to a prestigious publication. On page 12, meet a doctoral student bringing more young girls of color into computing. CST faculty and staff also earned many accolades this past year, including a Cottrell Scholars honor, four Temple service awards, and a near sweep for CST among the university’s undergraduate academic advising awards.

Our feature story details new undergraduate majors that prepare students for tomorrow’s careers. The two newest are ecology, evolution and biodiversity, covering both research and advocacy, and materials science, one of the few undergraduate programs of its kind to look at the underlying science of designing new materials. Other majors introduced recently are data science and genomic medicine as well as four new concentrations for environmental science.

In the alumni section, learn how one graduate’s career achievement led to Temple’s Gallery of Success. Meet CST’s two Temple 30 under 30 honorees. There are also Class Notes, alumni profiles and messages from Mark Dash, president of CST’s Alumni Board and Kathy McGady, assistant dean for development and alumni affairs.

To all of you who support our students, faculty and research enterprise, I truly appreciate your confidence in our college. To everyone in the CST family, I wish you all the best in the year ahead.

Sincerely,

Michael L. Klein, FRS
Dean and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Science

Read Outlook Fall 2021