The academic year begins for me today–Mason holds its annual planning conference over the next several days. That’s always the sign that the freshman move-in is imminent, and with it, the return of faculty and the start of classes.
This year, I’m additionally taking on the interim-chair position at our Computational Social Sciences Department, while my colleague Rob Axtell is on sabbatical at Oxford. Kim Blackwell, vice-chair of Molecular Neurosciences will be serving in my stead as interim chair of my home department. Should be an interesting year!