Dear Alumni and Friends:

It looks like spring is finally here. Little did I know when I took the position as Dean, and moved here from Florida with my family in June, that Pittsburgh would have its hardest winter in 50 years. Ten years in Florida made us “winter-weather lightweights,” but we quickly adapted. I am originally from Maryland, my wife is from Virginia, two of my sons were born in Nebraska, and the other in Wisconsin, so it was not hard to get back into the winter swing of things.

It has been a busy few months in the Bayer School. A new section of the School’s website dedicated to living the Spiritan Mission in the Bayer School was launched in January. The Bayer School has a deep tradition of looking forward, reaching out and giving back by supporting service-learning and community engagement initiatives on campus, in the Pittsburgh and global communities, and by supporting the teacher-scholar model through various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives.

A new initiative was also launched through the Bayer School to establish the Duquesne University Tropical Field Station at Lower Dover Belize. The field station will serve as a base of operations where Duquesne faculty and students can complete local-area and regional studies, or as a “headquarters” where collaborative projects between Duquesne University, the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP), universities and colleges in Belize, government agencies and non-government organizations, can be housed. Lower Dover is viewed as a place where linkages can be forged between experience-based learning within the teacher-scholar model, and its applications to community-engaged scholarship, service-learning and research in a developing country.

Throughout this edition of Spectrum, you'll learn about other good things happening in the Bayer School, including our new Goldwater scholars, our annual celebration of Darwin Day, Dr. Brady Porter's annual Audubon Society Bird Count, as well as news regarding some of our standout undergraduates.

Congratulations to our dedicated students, faculty and staff on their accomplishments. Also, if you ever want to donate to any of the worthwhile endeavors going on in the Bayer School, feel free to contact me to discuss the details.

Best Wishes,

Philip Reeder, Ph.D.
Dean, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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