I hope this finds you well and safe. In these challenging times, my heart goes out to everyone affected by COVID-19. We at Clarkson are prioritizing the health of our students and employees and have taken unprecedented measures to keep them safe, sending students home and having employees work remotely. We are squarely focused on maintaining our high-quality education, making it possible for students to learn through online classes and continue their academic careers with as little disruption as possible. We’re experimenting with new approaches to celebrating our research, moving our Spring Research and Project Showcase (RAPS) online, creating Clarkson’s first e-RAPS. I am grateful for the spirit of innovation and resilience that I have witnessed as we all do our best to support our students, faculty and staff through this difficult time. Our Clarkson values shine through each day as we, and our higher education colleagues, face this period of uncertainty together.
What better way to celebrate what it means to be a Golden Knight than with some good news collected over the past few months. Although many of our resources at the moment are focused on the current situation, our faculty and students continue to do amazing things that push innovation, advancement and progress. Keep up with us via social media, and if you have good news to share, visit cuonline.clarkson.edu/goodknight.
In this issue of the provost’s e-newsletter, we are highlighting four aspects of Clarkson’s research and scholarship: an NSF-funded program for faculty that will help reduce bias and further equity in STEM fields; the construction of a new STEM education and research facility at our Beacon Institute; an investigation into robot-human interaction; and DNA barcoding for identifying potential invasive aquatic mollusks in New York rivers.
We hope you’ll enjoy these stories. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and stay safe and healthy.