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

The Gift of Perspective

Dear Students,Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful, restful break. I spent some of the time off thinking about what this new year holds. I'm not big on resolutions, but time away from work affords time for reflection. I caught myself thinking about all the plans I had for the fall semester, all the things I wanted to get done and fell short. Bu...

There's More to Acing Finals Than Studying

Dear Students,You've made it to the last day of class this semester! For many classes that means filling out CIS sheets and maybe even some food, but for a lot of courses in CNS that means squeezing in one last exam. Here are some words of wisdom to carry you through today and finals:Sleep. I know I keep giving this piece of advice, but it's crucia...

The #1 Pressing Item for Any To-Do List

​Dear Students, I had the opportunity to speak to some of the CNS student leaders at a lunch last month, and I asked them what they thought all students need to know. Overwhelmingly, they stressed the importance of mental and physical wellbeing. As we enter the homestretch of the semester, they urged all students to make sure they are taking care ...

A (Not So) Secret Weapon to Get You Through the Semester

Dear Students,There's a calendar from the Random Acts of Kindness organization in my office suite that plants a seed of an idea every day for how to operate from a place of kindness and gratitude. There's emerging science behind the profound positive impact gratitude can have on your life. I've found it to be true in my own life, and it is goo...

You've Got to Tell Someone About This

Dear Students,Imagine this: you just discovered a remarkable mechanism for fighting cancer by identifying a little-known protein's interaction with a particular strain of cancer cells (I'm a chemist so I'm kind of making this up – but if this pans out, I want part of the glory!). How do you get the word out about how great this mighty protein is? I...

That's What the Storm Is All About

"And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about." — Haruki Murakami Dear Students,This time of year is ...

First Gens of the First Class

Dear Students,Sometimes universities, including UT, assume students know certain things when they get here. But really, I mean, how many of you knew what a subsidized vs. unsubsidized loan was before you got here? Or what a semester credit hour was? Or a FIG? Or how about office hours?! Many of you have learned these things, or are in the process o...

Tough Love

Dear Students,Do you know what one of the greatest things about studying at an institution of this size is? So many opportunities … so don't miss out!With registration around the corner, why not broaden your horizons and check out these courses?Inventors Program (NSC 323): register for an Inventors course to explore team-based solutions and entrepr...

A Mole Day Study Break

Dear Students,Wednesday, 10/23, At 6:02 p.m. (or a.m. if you're up that early), join me in celebrating the annual Mole Day – a day dedicated to Amedeo Avogadro's famous number 6.022 * 1023. In doing serious research for this great day (I am a scientist after all), I found some study break ideas for you to help celebrate:Watch "A Molar Eclipse of th...

Free Doughnuts and a Week of Celebrating Science? Yes please.

Dear Students,This is one of my favorite weeks of the year: Natural Sciences Week. Led by our incredible Natural Sciences Council, this week celebrates so many wonderful things about our scientific world. Monday, October 14thDonuts on the Patio – Coffee. Donuts. Dean Goldbart. Don't miss it! (NHB Patio 9-11am)Gone to Natural Sciences – This is the ...