President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog
Summer is all about getting away and what better time to reflect on what CC does so well – getting away and out into the world? Given CC’s great leadership and expertise in the area, it was only natural that we would host the first-ever Symposium on Field Study earlier this month.
Field study is a central part of teaching and learning on the Block Plan, but it takes managing a lot of details to do it right. With that in mind, one of the early initiatives of the strategic plan was to launch an Office of Field Study, charged with streamlining the process for getting students and faculty into the field – be that Wall Street or the Grand Canyon.
Building a national network of experts in field-based teaching and scholarship was one way to assemble and share best practices, and the Symposium on Field Study included almost 60 participants from every region of the country. They all came to CC to share ideas and practices for teaching and learning in the field. It was a great experience of expanding what we do best here at CC.
The CC women’s soccer team is on its way home from South Korea where they played as Team USA in the World University Games.
#CCTeamUSA finished with a 2-4 record with victories over South Africa and Ireland. After five fiercely competitive games and international competition that included many professional-level players, our Tigers are set up for a dynamic fall season. We are so proud of our team – Team USA! Welcome home Tigers!
CC alumna Marcia McNutt ’74, the editor-in-chief of Science, recently co-authored, with more than 30 other scientists, new guidelines to improve transparency in published studies. An article in last Sunday’s NYT noted that these guidelines (TOP, for Transparency and Openness Promotion) are an important first step in developing a system that can be applied by journals across fields. It is wonderful to see a CC alumna using her post as editor of one of the world’s leading scientific journals to lead in this important work.
The Council of the National Academy of Sciences announced yesterday afternoon that they have approved the nomination of Marcia K. McNutt ’74 as the next president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). If approved by the membership, she will take over as NAS president on July 1, 2016.
CC is so proud of Marcia’s very impressive career in marine geophysics and we have cheered her on as she has continued to advance in her service to the field and the country in a number of capacities — at M.I.T. and Stanford as a faculty member, as president of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, as director of the United States Geological Survey, and in her current position as editor-in-chief of Science. Marcia’s nomination will be presented to the NAS membership in December for their ratification.