In-person events are suspended until further notice. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is now also closed. If you are a member of the Vassar Community, check out the Department of Athletics & Physical Education’s new virtual health & fitness program. Meanwhile, we urge everyone to comply with Gov. Cuomo’s executive order by maintaining a six-foot distance from others in public and washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
Every summer Vassar's Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) engages students in the process of scientific discovery through an intensive ten-week collaborative research program with faculty. This year almost 100 Vassar students and faculty participated in URSI, and in so doing, a community of scientific scholars was created. The summer's results will be presented this fall at the 34th Annual URSI Symposium, in a series of student talks and posters. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our talented students and faculty. Our keynote speaker for the symposium is Paul E. Turner, the Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University and faculty member in Microbiology at Yale School of Medicine. He studies the evolutionary genetics of viruses, particularly bacteriophages that specifically infect bacterial pathogens, and RNA viruses that are vector-transmitted by mosquitoes. Dr. Turner’s keynote address is entitled “Harnessing Virus Biodiversity to Solve Human Problems.” See the URSI website for more details about the symposium: https://ursi.vassar.edu/workshops/symposium/