End of Semester Message From President Marcia V. Keizs

As our fall semester moves into finals and the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on a successful semester and to congratulate our students, faculty and staff on the effort they were willing to put forth to make it possible.

Among the highlights of the semester were the successful completion of PhD programs by two of our CUNY students under the mentorship of Dr. Emmanuel Chang and Dr. Stephen Fearnley in our Chemistry Department. We were also delighted with the university's response to our Fulbright Scholars, including the extensive marketing of Dr. Linda Perry's image in the Fulbright ad campaign. As well, we were impressed by the fall undergraduate research exhibit recently held in the Atrium. Our students are engaged in deeply meaningful research, mentored by our outstanding faculty.

Student research in the causes and potential prevention of Alzheimer's disease was one intriguing presentation by a brilliant group of students under the guidance of Dr. Francisco Villegas (Psychology); technological apps developed under the advisement of Dr. Shweta Jain (Math and Computer Science); "How the media portrays women," under the mentorship of Dr. Fabiola Salek (Foreign Languages and Women's Studies; also offering promising practical application was the potential for a safer, more effective delivery method of cancer treatment, a research presentation under the mentorship of Dr. Jong-Ill Lee (Chemistry). All these presentations are sophisticated and promising and we look forward to seeing more from them at Undergraduate Research Day in the spring.

I thank our outstanding faculty who participated and led their students on these important journeys; Acting Provost Meleties and Acting Dean for Arts and Sciences, Donna Chirico; Dr. Deb Chakravarti of the Chemistry Department and everyone else involved, for their leadership in bringing this latest research expo to fruition. And this includes the enlightening presentation by Scott T. Miller, M.D. our featured guest lecturer. Finally, I extend hearty congratulations to those of our students who are completing their degrees now and look forward to seeing them at the spring commencement.

Here's wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and wishing all students success on their finals!