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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 ...

Financial Wellness

Dear Students,One of the largest stressors for students (and non-students, too) is finances. From making your budget last through the whole semester to credit card debt to even knowing if you have enough to cover that next meal, the stresses can have a real impact on academic success. Below are some support ideas to help assist in your financial we...

What It Takes to Succeed in College

Dear Students,Our College Communications office just released a podcast called "You Belong Here: What It Takes for Success in College," and I want to encourage all of you to listen to it.There are two takeaways I want to highlight for you:Learning is hard (if you're doing it correctly), and that does not equate to you being inadequate. You were sel...

Engage!

Dear Students, This week's theme is engagement, and I've got two different, equally important ways to start.CNS created an amazing way for you to get hands-on, applicable experience in science and entrepreneurship through Science Sprints and Inventor Sprints. These one-day events have you working with UT faculty, staff, and industry representatives...

Healthy Horns

Dear Students, I overheard a student the other day saying "It doesn't really feel like school is back in session until the first test." Whether you agree or not, school is most definitely back. So now is the time to establish those healthy habits; that way, when things ramp up next week (or next month), you'll already be creating a positive buffer ...

From False Assumptions to Focusing on STEM Equity

​In addition to writing a weekly note to students, Dr. Vanden Bout sometimes pens messages for other outlets. Below is a piece he was invited to submit for the newsletter of GlobalMindED, which awarded him its 2019 Inclusive Leader Award. GlobalMindED is a nonprofit innovation network that closes the equity gap through education, entrepreneurship, employment and economic mobility to create a capable, diverse talent pipeline.

Y'all Belong Here

Enter your text here ..Dear Students,As a college we are committed to making UT a welcoming and inclusive place for all students, faculty, and staff. To that end, I'm making a pledge to do at least one thing each month that expands my understanding of groups other than my own and results in ways I can better support those around me. I plan to atten...

Wanna Succeed?

Dear Students,Welcome to the start of a new year in the College of Natural Sciences! As most of you know, my name is David Vanden Bout and I am the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in CNS. I think I have the best job at UT because I get to work with all of you and make sure your time here is the best it can be. Each week I will send you a...

Game On

Dear Students, In case you hadn't noticed, classes are done for the semester and all that stands between you and summer are finals. I have three messages for you this week:  To everyone: Please don't forget to sleep. Sleep is vital to recalling information, so if you prioritize stuffing information in but don't sleep, it doesn't do a lot ...

Ramadan Mubarak

Dear Students, First of all, I'd like to wish all of our Muslim students happy Ramadan! I hope this time is fulfilling for you. For students who are not familiar with the month of Ramadan, it began yesterday, May 5th, and is a month when Muslims fast, pray, and work to do more good in the world. I wanted to take a moment to share some ideas about h...

Playlist Delivered

Dear Students, Remember when I asked y'all for song recommendations a couple weeks ago? Well, many of you sent in suggestions, and I'm happy to share our CNS Spotify Playlist. We can keep building it, so as you think of inspiring songs or hear new ones, send them my way!  And in my tradition of celebrating nerdy holidays, don't forget to ...

Balance: Opportunities Outside the Classroom

Dear Students, As most of you buckle down for the final push in the semester, I encourage you to schedule small breaks to attend a couple of the great free events CNS and UT have to offer this month: Why You Should Consider Mid-Size Companies for Your Career Path, a chance to connect with local, dynamic executives and to sample heavy hors...

Future You

Dear Students, I don't know about you, but early April seems to be the time for me that things really heat up (stress rises, more things to do than time to do them, etc.). I can feel it continuing to build as we approach the beginning of May when it will inevitably all hit the fan. I'm guessing many of you can relate.  This year I'm going...

Let’s Make a Playlist

Dear Students, I had a thought: what if we work together to create a list of inspiring songs that can help us all?  At the annual CNS Aspire Awards Banquet this year, Dr. Toyin Falola, an alum and former Dean's Scholar and TIP Mentor, spoke to the audience about her continued negotiation with a phenomenon called Imposter Syndrome. Many of...