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Recognize someone

Dear Students,Don't read into the fact that this email didn't make it out until Tuesday that it is not important. If anything, it is even more important. As Thanksgiving is approaching, now is the time to think about taking time out to recognize someone who has helped you during your time in CNS. There are two great opportunities to do this.First, ...

Just get out and do something

Dear Students, Part of the life at a University is experiencing the cultural, academic, and enrichment opportunities that take place outside of the classroom. These are the opportunities that make a University a vibrant community. There are countless events happening each week on campus. So many, that often it is easier to simply do nothing th...

What have you got to say?

Dear Students,We are entering into the second half of the fall semester. By now I hope you are in a good routine with all of your classes. Many of you have completed multiple exams and projects. So it is easy to want to take a break right when you need to be gearing up. Now is the time to put all of what you have learned into practice. Everyone sho...

Mole Day and more

Dear Students,Is there a better way to start a week than Mole Day? It is the invented holiday that celebrates the concept of a "mole" and Amedeo Avogadro whose gas law contributed greatly to the fundamental idea of the existence of molecules. I'm not sure what you're supposed to do for Mole Day except post random GIFs of dancing moles holding up te...

What do pizza, networking, art, star gazing, donuts, and a petting zoo have in common?

Dear Students,What do pizza, networking, art, star gazing, donuts, and a petting zoo have in common? They are all part of Natural Sciences Week.From freshmen to seniors, the Natural Sciences Council has brought you a week of events that has something for everyone. From student orgs, to networking, to art in science, NS Week has interesting events e...

Seriously, Let’s Talk

Dear Students, A key part of being a scientist (or pretty much any profession) is the ability to communicate effectively. This week, I have two related messages.The first is about science. All too often scientists are so caught up in the details of what they are working on that they can't manage to translate those ideas to non-experts. This ma...

Kale helps you learn

Dear Students, I have no idea if kale helps you learn or not. I would be very surprised if it did, since I made up that idea when I was thinking of a good subject line for my email. Like my fictitious advice, the world is full of helpful study hints that may sound good, but for which there is little evidence. This is one of the reasons that yo...

A personal challenge

Dear Students, In our world of ever-growing distractions, I'd like to issue you a challenge this week: put down your phone and connect directly with people around you.I was going to entitle this email "Get off my lawn" or something along those lines. But then I realized that this was really a challenge for myself. I had read some research from...

Everyone Loves Exams

Dear Students, We are now starting to find a rhythm this semester, and part of that rhythm is exams. Everyone loves exams! Or, at least, most students do. Or maybe no one does. I can't ever keep that straight. But, love them or not, they are a critical part of learning.Moreover, you shouldn't wait for exams to crop up to test yourself. Aldous ...

The After Life

Dear Students, The fall semester is in full gear, and as always things are moving at a rapid pace. I know that this has been a crazy start for many of you with the recent natural disasters. But I encourage all of you to be sure you are taking advantage of your opportunities and resources on campus. Whether it is your freshman Cornerstones grou...

Four things to do this summer

Dear Students, I hope that the end of the semester brings time for a bit of rest and recharging. Many of you will be away from campus for some or all of the summer, so I wanted to offer some suggestions for how you can make the most of the coming months and ease the transition back here in the fall. Change your pace – Whether you're in su...

Healing, Support, and Final Exams

Dear Students, In recent days, our community experienced a terrible act of violence and, in its aftermath, many of us are feeling sad, vulnerable, and shaken. While the immediate threat passed quickly, these feelings might not. We empathize with the victims and their friends and family. Some were at the scene. Some of you may have known the su...

Last Week of Class

Dear Students, Here it is: the last week of class. For many of you, this is the end of your first year at UT. For others, these are the last few classes of your college career. Either way, finish the semester strong. Despite there only being a little bit of time left, for most of you large portions of your grades are yet to be determined. Exam...

Student Government Update

Dear Students, I wanted all CNS students to know that you have six newly elected Natural Sciences Student Government Representatives—Angela Kang, Benjamin Solder, Justin Ahamed, Mahima Ginjupalli, McKenna Richards, and Saarem Azmat. They are excited to serve as your representatives in the 111th session of the Student Government Assembly. They ...

Big Week

Dear Students, It seems as though there is always a ton going on in April, and this week in no exception. Registration for summer and fall is starting. Use your four-year plan and degree audit to plan your coursework. Take a break from registration to join us at the big university events that the College is holding this week. Tu...