Welcome fom the Provost
For many years, the success of The University of Scranton’s applicants for graduate school admissions, for Goldwater scholarships, and for medical school admissions has been predominantly the success of our women students. Certainly, the credit must go to these students for their hard work and commitment. But the model of the committed scientist that is presented in this issue of Ignite sheds additional light on the students’ success: they have excellent role models. The women faculty presented here have led lives of dedication and success in the STEM fields. They are first and foremost teachers, but their teaching has been an extension of their efforts to advance their disciplines. The women in these pages are not simply women who teach science. They are researchers, and their scientific research, be it in biology, math or physics, has been, unapologetically, precisely that: scientific research. The University, our students and indeed the STEM disciplines themselves have all been enhanced by the dedication and drive of these women whose professional activities make clear to all that the sciences are the playground of the trained and creative mind without regard to gender and the foolishness of prejudice. We all benefit from their efforts, both as contributors to the wealth of human understanding and as mentors to their bright and curious successors.
The face of science we more commonly see is also represented in this issue of Ignite: the social scientists and health providers who focus on us as human beings in our practices and our difficulties. Here science as a discipline meets the Jesuit concern with cura personalis, care for the whole person. Proper care requires deep understanding of biological and psychosocial realities of the person. Whether it be urban life or the needs of a suffering person, our women faculty stand out as committed researchers and teachers, dedicated both to uncovering the realities of who we are and to easing our often all-too-fragile condition.
Harold W. Baillie, Ph.D.
Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs