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A New Normal

A New Normal

Dear Students,

Most weeks, I send College of Natural Sciences students a note like this one. It has a message especially for you, a corny science joke, a picture and some happenings in the college. And once a year, I get to use this space also to welcome a new group of students into our Texas Science community. So: Welcome, Class of 2024! Our returning students and all of us here are excited that you're a Longhorn now.

A few weeks before the start of the 20-21 academic year, at least that much is normal! And we all are getting used to aspects of our new normal, too, like meeting people we care about over Zoom.

But protecting ourselves and others has taken some effort, hasn't it? Sometimes it helps to remember that humans everywhere are balancing a lot right now. None of us is in this alone. Together, we have been learning to wear the recommended protective face masks around others, to sing "Happy Birthday" twice in our heads while we wash our hands, to stay at a distance of 6 feet or greater, and to handle a whole lot being different than we bargained for.

I bet you have been doing these things, day after day…so let me be among those to thank you. You're a part of this moment – and your part in it matters. We can Protect Texas Together.

Best,
Dr. Vanden Bout

Joke: Einstein, Pascal and Newton are playing hide & seek. Einstein counts, Pascal hides, and Newton stands still and draws a box around his feet. Einstein opens his eyes and says "Ah! Newton, I found you!" Newton replies, "Ah - no - you found Pascal! I am one Newton per square meter."

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