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USU President Cockette and CoS Dean Maura Hagan

USU President Noelle Cockett, left, and Science Dean Maura Hagan at the April 2017 groundbreaking ceremony for the Life Sciences Building.

Courtesy M. Muffoletto

From the Dean

Maura Hagan

Dear Alumni and Friends,

A great deal of scholarly research demonstrates that building and sustaining relationships with mentors and advisors is key to developing and sustaining successful career paths. This is particularly true for those who are first-generation college students and from underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

As I reflect on the content of our Fall 2017 issue of Discovery, I am struck by anecdotal evidence that underscores these scholarly findings. The importance of mentorship is an underlying theme that prominently surfaces in stories about our accomplished alumni, as well as in our alumni’s reflections about former faculty, who profoundly influenced and inspired generations of Aggie scientists.

Our cover story is particularly notable. It celebrates the beloved teacher, advisor, and mentor Dr. Thomas Bahler. In concert with this tribute to Professor Bahler’s legacy, the College of Science is preparing to undertake a capital campaign to name a teaching laboratory in our new Life Sciences Building in his honor. You can learn more about this effort at

Please enjoy this second issue of our Discovery magazine. I thank you for your ongoing support of the College of Science at Utah State University, and hope to see you soon.


Dean, USU College of Science