A Message from the Department Head

Spring 2021 - Message from Department Head, Gary R. Sands

We are excited to welcome you back to the BioBriEf! We hope this issue finds you all well and full of anticipation of the coming sunrise from the darkness of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

2020 and 2021 have been years like no other, and have offered us many challenges and also many opportunities for growth. BBE faculty, staff, and students put in heroic efforts to teach, learn, and discover, to advance our academic mission.

The tragic murder of George Floyd brought about a societal tipping point that reminded us of the importance, and our responsibility to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our academic mission. The events of this year have spawned a renewed commitment to these ideals in BBE and across the University, and we will endeavor to make positive and impactful changes in what we do.

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of our BBE and SSM graduates, as we wish them well in their professional pursuits. Many of our graduates have found full-time positions and some are still looking, so please do let us know if you are aware of employment opportunities for new graduates. We are also continuously on the lookout for new internship and co-op opportunities for our students. 

We hope you enjoy reading about the highlights and research accomplishments of our faculty, graduate students, and research staff. They have all made incredible contributions to our mission of discovery, particularly in light of the challenges brought about by the pandemic. The accomplishments presented here are not exhaustive, but we will highlight as many as possible in the coming issues of BioBriEf. 

We celebrate and congratulate our faculty who were promoted in 2020, and welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Jiayu Li. We also bid a fond farewell to Dr. Chuck Clanton, who retired in 2020 and rode his tractor into the sunset of his academic career. The irony of Chuck having to teach virtually during his last semester was certainly not lost on us :-) As an emeritus faculty, Chuck continues to engage with the Livestock Environment Engineering Group. Chuck had a gift for supporting and connecting with students, and he will be sorely missed on campus!

We hope our planned seasonal publication schedule (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) of the BioBriEf provides just the right amount of information about the activities and accomplishments in BBE and we always welcome your feedback and suggestions (and stories!).

Please be safe, be well, and stay in touch!