Biology Department, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
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In Spring 2002, Dean David Young of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences appointed a Life Sciences Reorganization Committee to recommend a plan for the organization and implementation of a School of Life Sciences within the College. The School would incorporate the three existing academic departments of Biology, Plant Biology and Microbiology. The graduate program in molecular and cellular biology has also elected to join the School of Life Sciences. The Dean charged the Committee to think boldly about the future of the life sciences locally, nationally and globally. He challenged the committee to position the college and ASU to be a major leader in the advancement of new discoveries in the life sciences and to provide world-class educational experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students. The proposal for the new School of Life Sciences was enthusiastically approved by the university administration and by the Arizona Board of Regents in Fall, 2002, and the process of implementation is underway. The new unit began operation in July 1, 2003, making possible new collaborations and creating new opportunities for the life sciences at Arizona State University.