From the Spring 2020 Edition of Discovery
From the Dean
Dr. Maura Hagan reflects on themes from the Spring 2020 issue of Discovery
Photo courtesy Donna Berry
Dear Alumni and Friends,
It’s been a struggle for me to write this message. We are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. So many people are suffering physically, emotionally and financially. I feel for you.
Some of you have lost loved ones to this unrelenting virus. I offer my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
I know this pandemic will eventually subside. Thereafter, we will return to life as we know and love it. Nevertheless, these remain trying and unprecedented times.
This issue of Discovery magazine is filled with inspirational stories about remarkable Aggie achievements and commitments to outreach. An award-winning theoretical chemist in pursuit of work-life balance. A conservation biologist and children’s book author. New alumnae committed to sharing their passion for science and mathematics. Award-winning educators. An alum, who never thought he’d go to college, who earned a doctorate and is using his skills to fight the pandemic. And, a Boston-based cardiologist engaged in international medical missions.
Let our spirit be lifted, as you read about them!
Maura E. Hagan, PhD
Dean, USU College of Science
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Dean Hagan, left, and research mentee Mac Cutler display a poster for the 2020 Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research.
Dean Hagan, right, greets students at the “Hoagies with Hagan” event during Fall 2019’s Science Week.
Dean Hagan, left, congratulates scholarship recipient Matthew DeAngelo at the college’s 2019 Fall Convocation.
Anastassia N. Alexandrova PhD’05 (Chemistry) receives Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the ACS
Conservation Biologist Joseph S. Wilson (BS’05, PhD’10, Biology) Teams with Jonny VanOrman to Create Whimsical Story of Bee Diversity and Broadening Horizons
Science Scholars Randi Rasmussen BS‘20 and Vanessa Chambers BS‘18 Embody the College’s “Culture of Outreach” with Participation in Volunteer Service
Debbie Morgan BS’02, Mike Spencer BS’07, M.Ed’12 and Rachel Reeder Receive Nation’s Top Honor for K-12 STEM Teachers
2nd annual ‘A’ Day of Giving will take place during 2020 Homecoming. What impact do Aggies' gifts have?
Spring 2020 Guest Columnist Bradley Hintze (BS'09) shares perspective on curiosity.