The last week of summer break is always bittersweet
August 31st, 2012

The last week of summer break is always bittersweet. It has that sunset feel about it, the end of unstructured time and the unhurried calm of campus life. We have had such a spectacularly warm and sunny summer that it’s even harder than usual to turn and face the next cycle of crowds and meetings and the rush of demands.

That said our office is now bustling with arriving students from all over the globe, and there is a pre-semester buzz in the air. Lots going on, including orientation for graduate students, which happens next week.

I’ll be in Germany by then, at an international Global Summit for forty or so grad deans from all over the world. I’ll report from the, er, German front, next week…. We are scheduled to talk about trends in grad education, mobility and employment opportunities. I hate to miss the first busy week but Munich is calling. Until then, auf wiedersehen.

Dr. Faye Murrin is Dean pro tempore of the School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. She completed her B.Sc. (Hons.) at Memorial University, her M.Sc. at Acadia University, and her Ph.D. at Queen's University. Her research interests have always been focused on fungi, in particular the cell biology of insect pathogenic fungi and, more recently, the ecology of mycorrhizal mushrooms in the boreal forest. Dr. Murrin has served in a number of positions on the Council of the Mycological Society of America and was awarded the title of MSA Fellow for her contributions. She was awarded the Women in Science and Engineering Lifetime Membership Award as founding co-director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Summer Program. Dr. Murrin participates in public lectures and workshops, and is a Director on the board of Newfoundland Foray, Inc.

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