Welcome to the fall issue of the Clarkson University School of Arts & Sciences e-newsletter. It has been busy, and we have a lot to be proud of. As the 2020-21 academic year begins, we in the School of Arts & Sciences community are energetically preparing for a most challenging year.
All summer, faculty members have been learning new and better ways to combine online and face-to-face classroom teaching. We have been adjusting our classroom practices to accommodate masks, spacing, reduced occupancy and a mix of online and physically present students. At the same time, faculty members and graduate students have been modifying their research and other scholarship to respond to the constraints caused by COVID-19.
This past summer, Clarkson faculty in the School of Arts & Sciences mentored undergraduate researcher interns from a distance — the students conducted their research from their homes! The diversity and quality of research projects was astonishing, and our electronic Research and Project Showcase (eRAPS) provided a wonderful venue for students to give their talks and present their posters publicly.
In addition, we continue to be engaged in a conversation among students, faculty, staff, alumni and our community on racism, and on the climate and environment for Black people at Clarkson. We are frankly discussing and figuring out solutions for some long-standing problems at Clarkson. The School of Arts & Sciences is committed to addressing these problems and to making the School and University an inclusive, safe and comfortable place for Black students, faculty and staff — as it is for others — because Black lives matter.
In this e-newsletter, I have chosen to highlight faculty members, staff and students who are applying their knowledge to addressing concerns in our local community and our nation. Clarkson and its School of Arts & Sciences continues to grow its reputation as a leader in innovative research and education that improves people’s lives and the sustainability of our environment. I am confident you will be as impressed as I am by the contributions to our community by our students, staff and faculty.
— Tom Langen, Interim Dean, School of Arts & Sciences