Associate Dean's Message - July 5, 2022

GSBS warmly welcomes the new students who have arrived at the beginning of July.
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Dear GSBS,

I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing holiday weekend. As I have said before, it is important to take time for ourselves and disconnect from the lab, school and work when possible. As we move into the “heat” of the summer, we have a few topics to which I’d like to draw your attention.

First, I’d like to welcome a group of new students who have started at GSBS. Last Friday we welcomed 18 new PREP, MD/PhD, and Immunology and Microbiology MERGE students. Tomorrow we will be welcoming nine new Clinical and Translational Science students. After saying goodbye to many graduates over the past few months, it is always energizing to welcome new students. If you have the opportunity to meet these students, please take a moment to welcome them to the GSBS community.

Speaking of our welcoming community, the Graduate Student Council is in the final planning stages for the annual Relays event. I encourage all students, faculty and staff to attend on Friday, July 15 in Medford. Details can be found here. As you know, in addition to having fun, the relays raise funds for the Student Enrichment Fund, which provides grants for student travel to conferences and courses. Please consider donating to the fund through the Relays crowdfunding site, and spread the word to your family, friends and alumni so they may support our students.

Finally, the past few weeks have seen a variety of Supreme Court decisions and other events happening at a national level. These issues are deeply personal and many of us may have differing perspectives. Please be aware that, as an institution and a school, we are committed to promoting positive health outcomes through research and education, as well as supporting our students, faculty and staff through any difficulties they may be facing. Feel free to reach out to me, Talk One2One (1-800-756-3124) or whomever you may feel comfortable speaking with if you have any issues.

Have a great summer and I hope to see everyone on the 15th.

Dan Volchok, Associate Dean