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Murray Itzkowitz, Ph.D.
Murray Itzkowitz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Have you ever heard the phrase, “we are all replaceable?” I certainly have and I have probably said it myself. It’s easy to see how it might be true when it comes to tasks performed by people we barely know. It might even be comforting to believe that future generations going to Lehigh also will receive the same quality of education as did you.

But I no longer believe in the “replacement” idea. I am sure that the former students of Barry Bean know that while his courses might be taught by others, the education they gained by studying with him is irreplaceable. You will never meet anyone quite like Barry. I certainly know this and I am saddened.

At the same time, this Department is changing in many ways and thus the current undergraduates will also have their unique experiences with the faculty. In this newsletter you will see that we are further strengthening our neuroscience program by the addition of Julie Haas and Julie Miwa. Seemingly instantaneous with placing their names on their office doors, their labs were filled with undergraduate researchers. Next year, and in subsequent years, we will be expanding our cell and molecular biology programs with new faculty. This increase in faculty numbers is designed to meet the ever increasing numbers of undergraduate students who choose to major in this department. Currently we have more majors than all other science departments…combined.

In an effort to place our undergraduate research program on a more financially secure footing, Lehigh is actively attempting to build an endowement for this Department. Please contribute if you can.

If you would like to see the actual benefits gained from this program, please visit us when the current undergraduates present their research posters on April 11th. It would also give you an opportunity to meet some of our newest faculty. I hope to see you there!

Murray Itzkowitz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair





2012 Newsletter designed by Maria Brace
Department of Biological Sciences
Lehigh University