From the Desk of Dean Seybert

Dear alumni and friends of the Bayer School,

This is our third electronic edition of Spectrum, and we continue to welcome your comments and suggestions. Our hope is that through this medium, we are able to provide you with a more up-to-date view of just some of the remarkable things happening in the Bayer School.

As a result of our successful BSNES Alumni Breakfast at the end of September, a small group of alumni are leading the effort to create a BSNES Alumni Organization that will serve all of our science alumni from Duquesne University. They have already created a LinkedIn group and are currently designing an alumni survey. One of the events we are eagerly anticipating will be a faculty-alumni reception, which will precede the 2013 Darwin Day lecture presented by Dr. Marlene Zuk on Thursday, Feb. 14. Her presentation promises to be memorable, and you can read some of the details of the upcoming lecture in the accompanying article. We will send additional details regarding the pre-lecture reception, but please save the date and plan to join us for some refreshments and the opportunity to mingle with the faculty and with your fellow alumni.

At this time of the year, we are all reminded of the many gifts we have been given. One of my most treasured gifts has been the opportunity to serve as dean of the Bayer School. I am indeed privileged to work with a wonderfully dedicated group of faculty, students, staff and alumni. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have contributed to the Bayer School this past year, and to let you know the profound difference your generosity has fostered. Gifts we receive are used in many ways. They support important upgrades in our instructional technology and in our scientific instrumentation infrastructure. Your support enables BSNES students to carry out research and to attend regional and national scientific meetings to present their research and to interact with internationally recognized scientists. Your generosity also provides scholarship support for students who otherwise would not be able to attend Duquesne University and study within the Bayer School. To the many of you who have financially supported BSNES, I want to express my sincerest appreciation for the myriad of ways in which you have enabled us to enhance our students' academic experiences. If you have not yet had the opportunity to participate as a donor, I ask you to reflect upon how your Duquesne education has benefited you and how you might assist a current science student in meeting her or his career goals.

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the Bayer School, I want to extend our best wishes to you and to your families for a truly wonderful holiday season. Again, we humbly thank you for your support and your prayers as we attend to our essential and fundamental responsibility of educating today's science students and preparing tomorrow's scientific leaders.


Dr. David W. Seybert
Dean of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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