Spring 2017 Newsletter
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|Murray Itzkowitz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
It has been an honor to guide the department over the past nine years. Looking back, so many things have remained constant. Our biology undergraduates, in my opinion, are still smart, challenging, inquisitive, and fun to teach. Nearly all faculty have undergraduates in their labs doing original, often publishable research and I find it interesting that all faculty seem to enjoy teaching/mentoring these students. The faculty remain highly collaborative in their teaching and research which certainly adds to their enjoyment of being at Lehigh. In my view, alumni that return to this department will see great changes but will likely find faculty and students that resemble their own Lehigh memories.
But change does happen. At the end of this academic year, Dr. Linda Lowe-Krentz will become the new chair of this department. The department has grown over these past nine years since I became chair, both in terms of faculty and undergraduate majors. The University is planning to increase the number of undergraduates and faculty and along with that there will be a surge in new buildings that will include a new wing for the continuing expansion of this department. The University is going to develop a new college, tentatively named “College of Integrated Health,” which will certainly increase the educational opportunities for our undergraduates.
It is always delightful to hear from each of you who has taken the time to update us on your activities since you have left South Mountain. Please continue to keep in touch.
Perhaps it is time to visit your department so you can see for yourself how the things you loved about Lehigh have remained the same, but also to experience the excitement for the changes to come. We would love to see you.