Laurie Caslake listens to someone talk.As the first female full professor in biology, Laurie Caslake has served as department head these past three years (as well as acting head in 2006-07, head in 2009-2012, and acting head in spring 2015). As she steps down to enjoy a well-deserved sabbatical, we think she deserves recognition. Here is why:
1) Laurie’s accomplishments have been legion including innovative curricular initiatives in data science, collaborative teaching, multiple extramural grants, mentoring collaborators as well as junior faculty, helping biology earn a Marquis Award … Oh, and she oversaw moving the entirety of a diverse 14-person department into a multi-million-dollar building!
2) But by far her behind-the-scenes focus on student success is at the fore as she supported Science Horizons, Phages, leaders, capstone, Pard Pantry, and more.
3) Hosting students for picnics, cookie-decorating parties, and holiday dinners, Laurie lives the example of a caring and fully engaged member of the faculty. —Nancy McCreary Waters, associate professor, and Lisa Pezzino, secretary, on behalf of the Biology Department

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