In late fall 2019, I started my introduction to the 2020 newsletter with “2020 is a year to remember. This is the year the campus community will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Missouri S&T's Feb. 24, 1870, charter. Our department will honor the sesquicentennial with the presentation of the Fifth Annual Stoffer Lecture featuring 2019 Chemistry Nobel Laureate M. Stanley Whittingham on Oct. 16, 2020...”
Well, 2020 was indeed a year we will never forget because of the disruptions due to the pandemic. And we also will never forget 2021 as the year that is bringing widespread vaccination. What an absolutely awesome display of science and technology: a new vaccine paradigm altogether, developed in less than six months, and mass-produced and distributed within 15 months.
Our “Celebration of Chemistry on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Missouri S&T with the 2019 Chemistry Nobel Laureate M. Stanley Whittingham” has been rescheduled to April 16, 2021.
Most importantly, 2020 is a year to remember for truly impressive accomplishments by faculty, students and staff. We did offer in-person labs throughout academic year ‘20-‘21! Research remained active, productive and safe in our “research group bubbles”! And DOC infrastructure has been advanced significantly; please visit the DOC website for details and follow us on Twitter.
2021 brings the return to fully in-person instruction in the fall. To be honest, we will never really “go back” to the way things were. We will have in-person instruction again with a new appreciation for “in-person” delivery, but it will be STEM instruction on hybrid technology-enhanced steroids, to put it colloquially.
Professor and Chair, Chemistry