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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Dean's Message - December 14, 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020
We have had a hard year, but we can look forward to brighter days ahead!
Jaharis Building in the spring

Dear GSBS Community:

It is not a coincidence that all major religions have a holiday near the Winter Solstice; all cultures have faced this time of darkness looking for hope. This year has been especially hard due to the pandemic. We face a dark winter ahead.

My own graduate advisor once told me that December 21 was his favorite day, as from that point on the daylight would increase. His outlook taught me the optimism needed by scientists to succeed. I recall a difficult time in my own life, sitting in a church basement around this time of year in despair, when I looked toward a sunlit window and read carved wooden letters that spelled “Hope”. I saw it as a message that lifted my spirits and made me smile. It gave me courage to soldier on and reminded me that there were many facing problems worse than mine.

The solstice doesn’t come for another week, but I am already looking toward brighter days ahead. An active national leadership dedicated to pandemic relief, as well as the extraordinary work by our biomedical colleagues to create effective vaccines, provide us with hope for better days to come. As we approach our winter break, I wish you all hope and peace as you celebrate safely with your loved ones.

Dan Jay