From the Fall 2019 Edition of Discovery
From the Dean
Dr. Maura Hagan reflects on themes from the Fall 2019 issue of Discovery
Photo courtesy Donna Berry
Dear Alumni and Friends,
“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.”
This iconic quote is attributed to the famed artist Pablo Picasso, purportedly in an exchange with Henri Matisse.1
Stepping stones aren’t unique to artists. In the ensuing pages of this issue of Discovery magazine, College of Science alumni share experiences in the classroom, the lab or with jobs that served as stepping stones on their academic, professional and personal paths. Stepping stones can serve as opportunities to discover our potential, unlocking some latent capabilities inside. As such, even failure can be a stepping stone to success.
The second theme that emerges in this issue is the success achieved by some remarkable College of Science alumnae. This past August, USU President Noelle Cockett proclaimed 2019-2020 the “Year of the Woman” at Utah State University. The proclamation was motivated by several significant voting rights anniversaries occurring in 2020, including the 150th anniversary of suffrage for Utah women, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. USU’s Year of the Woman also celebrates the rich history of Aggie women and their impact on past, present and future generations.
I hope you will enjoy all of the stories in this issue. Thank you for your ongoing support of the College of Science.
Maura E . Hagan, PhD
Dean, USU College of Science
1Gilot, Françoise, Carlton Lake and Lisa Alther, Life with Picasso, Random House, Inc., p. 244.
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Dean Hagan, left, congratulates graduating 2018-19 Science Senator Abigail Longaker Service.
Dean Hagan, far right, with recently retired Associate Dean Richard Mueller, left, and former Associate Dean Lisa Berreau, currently interim Vice President for Research.
Dean Hagan, left, receives a conference T-shirt from Associate Dean Sean Johnson, at the 2019 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat.
For the “Year of the Woman,” USU highlights two active duty College of Science alumnae
Fall 2019 Guest Columnist Liang Peng, PhD’17, Computer Science, recounts the effect his internship had on his career
Author Marcha Fox (BS’87, Physics) pursues unbeaten path as late-blooming scholar, NASA space shuttle engineer and Sci-Fi writer
Annual Hansen Life Sciences Retreat honors celebrated scientist and USU professor/administrator R. Gaurth Hansen
Outstanding Scholars, Scholarship Donors Celebrated at Fall Convocation
USU Alumni Association Fundraiser during 2019 Homecoming Festivities Encourages Aggies Around the World to ‘Give Back’