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A Note From the Dean
Greetings from Turlington Plaza!
With astronomy’s partnership with Spain to build the world’s largest optical telescope, top National Resource Centers for African Studies and European Studies charged with teaching less commonly offered courses in world languages and cultures, a unique Ph.D. program in religion, and the promising new Graham Center for Public Service—the future looks bright for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Many of these initiatives have, throughout their framework, a theme of transforming education in research institutions. For example, a new Science for Life program made possible by two significant awards from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will allow for the direct integration of research and teaching, bringing the excitement of scientific discovery to undergraduates. This model will set a new tone for the future of our programs and challenge UF students at all levels.
In January, I will be returning to the lab myself as my term as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences draws to a close. I have enjoyed leading the college for the past six years and getting to know many of our fascinating alumni and friends. Though I will miss meeting with all of you, I look forward to working one-on-one with students again, returning to the Department of Physics and focusing on the first loves of my career, teaching and research. Thank you for all the memories and Go Gators!