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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Dean's Message - November 16, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020
We are living through tumultuous times. Take a moment to reflect on your blessings and have a safe holiday.
Jaharis Building in the spring

Dear GSBS Community,

It has been a challenging time for all of us. Like many of you, I have felt the stress of the growing pandemic and an uncertain election over these last few weeks. I find it helps me cope to focus on the things I can control: being in the moment and finding kindness where I can (I write this on World Kindness Day). The hopeful news of successful vaccine trials and a President-Elect has helped ease my own fears.

President-Elect Biden said two things that raised my spirits in his November 7th speech: that science would dictate our national response to COVID-19 and that he would work toward rooting out systemic racism. These are noble goals, regardless of political affiliation. As biomedical scientists, we should rejoice in science benefitting our world. With this comes the responsibility to do our best work towards discovering and revealing truth. As an American and a human being, I rejoice in our future leader committing to the difficult task of facing systemic racism; this gives me hope that what we are doing as a school and a University in becoming an anti-racist institution aligns with a broader movement to make a better and more just nation.

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, and I reflect on how thankful I am to have committed students, faculty and staff whose efforts have made enduring hardship easier and given me hope for better days. I wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday to celebrate as best you can the many blessings in your lives.

Dan Jay