Educational programs in SMB remain vigorous. Undergraduate enrollment has reached a new steady-state of approximately 200 (120 certified). Thirty-five students celebrated the 2012 commencement last spring. Our PhD graduate program has also reached steady-state with 51current trainees. Seven completed their Ph.D. in 2012. Thirteen new PhD students joined our program in the fall. Our Professional Science Master’s Program, a new initiative directed by Dr. Norah McCabe, is growing rapidly with 20 students enrolled this year. Prospects for further growth and impact look promising. And, our NIH Training Grant just completed its third year of funding through the NIH. This training grant has increased the visibility of our graduate program as well as helped in take it to new heights.
Dr. Bill Davis was also recently appointed as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Bill is taking on the challenge of organizing a unified undergraduate program that crosses all of the academic units in CVM. Rest assured that existing majors in SMB and the Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology (VCAPP) will remain in place; the goal is to build upon these majors making them even more innovative and exciting. It seems likely that that graduate programs of SMB, VCAPP, Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health will also be organized under a single umbrella to provide for a single portal of admission. This umbrella should enhance our ability to recruit and admit outstanding graduate students.
As we look ahead, 2012 marks the second year of our move from the College of Sciences to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Albeit there have been some growing pains, the transition has been smooth with new opportunities and collaborations beginning to develop. One new effort is the development of a joint strategic plan with VCAPP. This strategic plan will create a vision for the future development of SMB and its fuller integration into the College. We have also revamped our Website and Facebook sites and I encourage you to browse both to keep abreast of news and upcoming events. Highlights of news reported on the Facebook site include honors conferred to SMB faculty, staff and students in 2012; these were numerous and well deserved, so please take a look!
John Nilson, Ph.D.