From the Desk of Dean Reeder

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Hello and I hope everyone is having an enjoyable autumn season. The leaves for the most part have already fallen, and we have had our first measurable snow of the season. As some of you already know, my family and I relocated to Duquesne from the University of South Florida, so we are getting our first taste of snow and cold in a while. We did move to Florida from Wisconsin, but that was 10 years ago, so it is going to take a while to become accustomed to the cold weather again.

I experienced my first Homecoming at Duquesne in mid-October. The event at the Bayer School was marked by an alumni breakfast in the foyer of Mellon Hall. It was attended by about 25 alumni that spanned a range of graduation dates from the late 1960's to last year. The breakfast was followed by tours of some of the recently renovated labs and classrooms in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Biological Sciences. The following weekend was Family Weekend, and about 20 families visited us. I spoke to the families for about 20 minutes about opportunities for their sons and daughters after graduation, and this was followed by tours of the renovated labs and classrooms, and demonstrations of some of the specialized equipment that students use as part of their science education in the Bayer School. The Scanning Electron Microscope, the Confocal Microscope and the NMR were demonstrated.

In early November, the Bayer School hosted an event that dealt with research at the Sobibor Nazi Extermination Camp in Eastern Poland. I participated in this research and gave a short presentation about using geophysics to uncover history, but the focal point of the evening was a presentation by Yoram Haimi, the chief archaeologist on the project, and the screening of a new documentary about this research titled Deadly Deception at Sobibor. The event was well attended and received. That same week I had my "official" University welcome party. Many thanks to all of the alumni who were able to attend.

I have been writing various reports lately that have required me to assess some of the accomplishments in the Bayer School over the past year. I am proud to say that over the last fiscal year, the faculty in the Bayer School was awarded over $4.5 million dollars in research and equipment grants. Additionally, faculty members published 58 peer-reviewed journal articles, including publications in the prestigious journals Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Faculty members also filed seven patent applications. Congratulations on a job well done. Lastly, if you ever want to donate to any of the worthwhile endeavors that are going on in the Bayer School feel free to contact me to discuss the details.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless you and all your loved ones during this special season of hope and joy.

Best Wishes,

Philip Reeder, Ph.D.
Dean, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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