Welcome to the latest issue of the Clarkson University School of Arts & Sciences e-newsletter. We intend to send this out quarterly to update alumni and friends on recent department highlights. By way of introduction, I am Tom Langen, interim dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. I have been a member of the Department of Biology for 20 years; for the last five, I was the department chair. What has kept me at Clarkson more than anything else is the collegiality and excellence of my faculty colleagues across the School and across Clarkson, as well as the energy, attitude, work ethic, creativity and intelligence of our students.
So many innovations are happening in our School! In the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, students are creating game pieces in the Clarkson Innovation Hub that are used in classroom games that teach history. A colleague in the Department of Communication, Media & Design designed the new Adirondack Animal Digital Wall at the North Country Children’s Museum. Another colleague in the Department of Biology hosted the U.S.-Canada International Joint Commission for a meeting with Clarkson students and others on Great Lakes governance.
This year is proving to be a busy one. We are working on new programs and partnerships with our graduate health sciences programs, the David D. Reh School of Business and other institutions. We are also planning for the long-anticipated renovation of the Science Center.
In this issue, we’re featuring four very different aspects of our School: research on Canadian energy policy, the naming of the School of Health Sciences, a meeting of the International Joint Commission with Clarkson students, and biosensors that detect spoilage in food. We hope you’ll enjoy these stories. Please feel free to contact us if you want more information.