Chancellor's Monday Message
Monday, November 25, 2013    

By the time you read this, I will be on a sojourn to the University of the Azores in the "Dream Islands," the magical Azores archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic. Along with colleagues Dean Steve Lohrenz and Prof. Maryellen Brisbois, we will engage in a discussion with Rector Jorge Rosa de Medeiros about forging partnerships in Portuguese Studies, Nursing, and Marine Science and Technology.  On this trip we join the Portuguese American Legislative Caucus led by Senator Marc Pacheco and Rep. Antonio Cabral for a meeting with President Vasco Alves Cordeiro of the Azores. I look forward enthusiastically to this new educational venture and to visiting this island paradise.


Were you one of the 100 who attended the Typhoon Haiyan panel discussion? If not, here are the links to the Channel 10 video clip (click here) and to the Standard Times article (click here) respectively. Through their remarkable presentations, our faculty members Dean Steve Lohrenz, Prof. Toby Stapleton, and Prof. Maria Vazquez helped inculcate environmental, logistical, and health lessons from this historic catastrophe. I am proud of our students Remynelle Espinola, Paula Cruz, and numerous others who are fundraising for those rendered homeless and hungry. Keep up the good work!


What outstanding reports have been developed by the committees and task forces of UMassDTransform2020! It is exhilarating to watch our strategic plan acquire shape and substance and to see the pathway to actualizing our vision unfold. What exceptional presentations were made by Lara Stone, Anna Klobucka, Michael Goodman, Angappa Gunasekaran, Jacqulyn Sardina, and Carol Spencer! To the UMassDTransform2020 Committee, thank you for imagining what UMass Dartmouth can be for future generations.


Provost Karim hosted a reception this past week for 15 faculty members who attained that vital milestone of academic life, the award of tenure, and for five faculty who were promoted in recognition of their work. The accretion of their research through the years, whether on analysis of complex systems, or tissue regeneration using zebrafish, or policy issues related to fisheries management and climate change advances our university's goal to become a Carnegie-designated doctoral research university in the next few years. Congratulations to our newly tenured Professors, Marilyn Asselin, Michelle Bowers, Erin Bromage, Geoffrey Cowles, Maria Glria de S, Hillary Farber, Tracie Ferreira, Pingguo He, Susan Hunter Revell, Christopher Larkosh, Devon Lynch, Chad McGuire, Stephanie O'Hara, Chandra Orrill and Andrew Revell! Our congratulations also go to Ramprasad Balasubramanian, Kari Mofford, Catherine Neto, Glenn Volkemma, and Liudong Xing on their well deserved promotions. Into your hands we commend the future of this great university!


Were you at the Chancellor's Service Recognition Ceremony? Kudos to all the service recognition awardees for their years and decades of service and commitment to UMass Dartmouth! This year, we also recognized the CARES awardees. Chris Frias received the 2013 CARES Award and a $1,000 check. Chris was selected unanimously by the committee for exceeding expectations consistently in solving IT infrastructure problems, especially those that surfaced in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Hats off to all CARES monthly awardees Connie Goncalves, Prof. Charles Donahue, Suzanne Audet, Prof. Tracie Ferreira, and Kathleen Bancroft. Thank you to Carol Santos, Sue Wilbur, and Cathy Hicks for a fine job in organizing the event.


Congratulations to Prof. Adam Sulkowski for his presentation on measurement and reporting of environmental impact data at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw.


Did you know that when people and patients across the country pose queries at the Consumer Information Response Service of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science regarding interpretation of their laboratory tests, in most cases the person who responds to the inquiry is our Prof. Susan Leclair? Think about what that means as a resource in health-threatening or life-saving situations. Ask Sue.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!
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