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David Vanden Bout is the associate dean for undergraduate education and professor of chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences.

Planning for Spring

Dear Students, First, I want to thank those of you who took some time out last week to respond to this survey. It remains open so, if you haven't yet responded but now feel ready to share some reflections about how things are going this semester, please take a couple of minutes to take the survey today. Secondly, some of our early survey respondent...

Getting a Pulse on How it’s Going

​Dear Students,When I sit down to write a weekly note to all of you, most of the time I look at the academic calendar, think about what happens for students at about this time of the semester, and then try to say something that I would have wanted said to me at that point in my career as a student. This task recently became a lot tougher. I was nev...

Super Science-y Challenge

Dear Students,Early in October each year, the world spends a few days stepping back and celebrating big discoveries in science. Have you noticed? This is when Nobel Prizes get announced, the MacArthur Foundation gives out its famous "genius" awards, and buzz swirls about the ways science changes the world. This week's excitement — about discoveries...

A Message from Two Special Guests

Note from Dean David Vanden Bout: The College of Natural Sciences now has two full-time CARE counselors who are here to help students cope with a wide range of mental health-related challenges. Our CARE counselors are Nic Dahlberg, LPC, and Andrea Ortega, LCSW-S. I offered them this space this week to connect with you all. Dear Students, ...

Stressed about Stress

Dear Students,Well, the semester has really started now. Assignments are due. Exams are happening. Quizzes are piling up. And there are too many hours of video to review.I'm guessing that for many of you, your stress levels are rising. We often think about strategies to alleviate stress like: exercise, practicing mindfulness, eating well, getting e...

Happily Ever After

Dear Students,Now that we are past the mid-point of September, you are no doubt juggling a lot: class work, personal life, and maybe putting pieces in place for the future, too. Whether you are a freshman or a senior on the cusp of graduating, people around you may have already started asking the not-always-welcome question: "So what are your plans...

All of the Things

Dear Students,The fall semester is in full gear, and as always things are moving at a rapid pace. It can take some effort to stay on top of all of the resources people let you know about as a Texas Science student. This year, without random conversations in hallways and seeing sidewalk chalk reminders about upcoming events, that may feel especially...

Dig In

Dear Students,I can't believe that it has already been a week of classes. I'm guessing you have had a wide range of experiences, from classes that are taking a slow start to those that hit a load of content in the first week. As we head into week two, keep in mind that things will continue to build as the semester progresses. Many lab classes will ...

New School Year’s Eve Resolutions

Dear Students,Welcome to the start of a new year in the College of Natural Sciences! As happens at the start of every new year, there is a lot happening at once. So I'll focus on four key ideas:As a chemist, one of the most important lessons I've learned is: Safety first.I encourage you all to keep safety at the front of your minds. Whether you are...

Are you wearing a tie and bunny slippers?

Dear Students,I have been working from my bedroom for a while now with regular meetings throughout the day on Zoom. Every day, when I get up and "go to work," I also generally put on a tie. In my virtual meetings, I get asked a lot of questions about my tie. Are you wearing pajamas pants? You probably have on bunny slippers that no one can see, rig...