Much of this issue of Outlook is devoted to collaborations and partnerships—among researchers, institutions, alumni and others—all working to advance the College of Science and Technology’s efforts in research and education.
Our cover story—“A Race Against Time”—details efforts by S. Blair Hedges, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Biodiversity, and an airline CEO to establish several national parks to preserve Haiti’s rapidly disappearing species. Their story, born from Hedges’ pioneering work to identify biodiversity “hot spots,” is a powerful reminder that CST’s research impact reaches far beyond the Temple University campus. Another feature story chronicles CST faculty partnerships with colleagues from other universities, as well as Temple schools and colleges, to understand how: self-driving cars improve traffic and fuel efficiency; magnetics might be able to treat cardiovascular patients; and new materials can potentially decrease brain injuries in athletes and soldiers.
CST’s success in research and education is the result of many collaborative efforts. Our increasing research expenditures—up 85 percent in just five years—stem from CST scientists working across disciplines to look at scientific challenges from new angles. For example, CST earned a prestigious Keck Foundation grant for a new method to identify dark matter. Other CST researchers are making breakthroughs in detecting and destroying chemical weapons and investigating the anti-cancer properties of tomato extracts.
CST is also succeeding in educating the next generation of innovators. Our undergraduate enrollment is at 4,000 students, making us one of the largest colleges at Temple. The increase in graduate and post-baccalaureate enrollment is particularly dramatic, up 90 percent from a decade ago. Together, CST faculty, advisors and professional development staff craft exceptional educational experiences, such as the Undergraduate Research Program, professional science master’s degrees and a pre-health post-baccalaureate, that attract top students.
Some of our strongest partners are CST graduates and friends of the college. They volunteer for our Owl to Owl Mentor Program, serve on the Board of Visitors and invest in scholarships and faculty endowment. You can learn more about what inspires several supporters in this year’s Honor Roll section.
I am so grateful for the financial contributions and for the time and expertise our supporters share with CST. I look forward to working together as we grow the college, push the boundaries of discovery and prepare our students for what is next in science.
Michael L. Klein, FRS
Dean and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Science