Dean's Message - March 23, 2020
Stay safe and use your work time to advance your studies from home.
Dear GSBS Community,
Happy Spring everyone, though surely a Spring like no other. As we all begin to define what our next weeks will look like, I hope that you have worked with your labs to develop plans to be productive at home by pushing forward your research and thesis progress. In my lab, we have developed a plan to write a review article and draft what I call a “wish paper”. This is a manuscript based on your work that defines a one-sentence mission statement based on your current findings; the rest of the results section consists of the ideal experiments for that mission statement. I find it a good way to think rigorously about what constitutes the best test of a hypothesis or validation of a new technology; it also helps to plan for research when the labs reopen.
In addition to thinking about research and academics, we also want to make sure our community stays connected, even when we’re not physically in the same place. Starting next week, we’ll be including a Student Spotlight in The Goods each week, where we can share ideas on staying productive and keeping our spirits up during this time (you saw my pizza and opera photo from the other day). We’re looking for pantry-friendly recipes, a great online exercise class, your cool home office set-up, cute companion animals, or anything else; email your potential Spotlights to Alex at by 10am on Fridays and we will feature a few each week! I think it helps us all to create community and social interaction when physical distance is required.