An inauguration and a march

Inauguration Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. He used his inauguration speech to inform our citizens and other countries that from now on, he plans to put  “America first.” Doing this, he says, will require that “Every decision on trade, on… Read More

After the election: moving forward

I write today with the recognition that the 2016 presidential election was a transformational event, and that we stand on the precipice of change. With Friday’s inauguration* – whether we’re happy with the outcome or not – the presidential transition will be complete. Personally, I am deeply grateful to President… Read More

Inspiration for a new year—especially for our returning students

Welcome back, especially to Gillings students! We welcome your return. In this post, we offer suggestions for a successful semester and for life. Selectively sharing some sage advice I have various rituals that I practice when anticipating a new year. Everyone has them. We make dinner plans with people we… Read More

Talking about science

The facts are just that The Nov. 25 issue of Science magazine includes an excellent editorial by Rush Holt, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science journals. In it, Holt discusses how scientific input contributes to decision… Read More

Seeing the world through post-election lens and behaving with grace and civility

Change is inevitable It’s been less than two weeks since the election, and there’s a lot of recalibration going on. Life will change in some ways. Today, we don’t know how; we can only speculate. The times require us to use a new lens for viewing current events and thinking… Read More