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Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Associate Dean's Message - September 10, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018
Sackler begins another exciting academic year, marked by the arrival of a new class of students.
Sackler entrance

It was a pleasure to welcome all our new students to Sackler last week. As you can see from the picture posted last week, we have a diverse group of 37 new students, 21 PhD, 12 Masters and 4 MD/PhD. They had a full day of orientation activities culminating in the annual welcome reception. Thank you to everyone who participated in the orientation or attended the reception. I have heard from a number of new students that they already feel part of the Sackler community and are anxious to begin their graduate school journey. 

Last week we also had the very successful kick-off to our BEAT seminar series with a stimulating talk by Bill Cummings, founder of Cummings Properties and the Cummings Foundation. We had nearly 100 students, alumni, faculty and staff in attendance and they each received a copy of his new book. I think they found Bill’s talk engaging and inspiring and will find the book is an interesting story of “Starting Small and Making It Big”. 

Next week we will have our first Career Development session on Storytelling. Stories provide a place for people to connect and gain a new perspective about the world. This initial open session (no pre-registration required) will impart basic storytelling skills, what elements create a good story and enable participants to become comfortable with the story process. This will be followed by a three-part series of hands-on, interactive workshops, for a limited number of students, in which you will hone your presentation and storytelling expertise. Please plan on attending the open session next Thursday, September 20 at 6 pm in Sackler 507. 

As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or comments about Sackler, or have idea or suggestions on programming you feel we should provide. 

Daniel Volchok, Associate Dean