This past Thursday, the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine hosted a special holiday gathering for its Dean’s Leadership Council and IEC members. The event was held at the beautiful headquarters of Ketel One. The gathering was a wonderful opportunity for the Dean, members of the Council and distinguished IEC guests to interact and hear about the School’s priorities and accomplishments. Highlighting the event was an update from Dean Frank M. LaFerla, Ph.D., on his vision for the School and its mission to train the biologists of tomorrow and create a planet without disease that is sustainable and diverse. He focused on the School’s innovative approach to addressing grand challenges in “the century of biology” through an emphasis on the interrelatedness of Mind, Body and World.
Among the significant challenges that can be transformed though biology (the science of life) are health and well-being, sustainability and biodiversity, food production, and energy. Each of these issues is being addressed at the School through world-class research and continual curriculum enhancements as well as partnerships with local business and community leaders. We were very pleased that the event resulted in several requests for meetings and tours to learn more about the School and about opportunities to support its groundbreaking programs.
IEC members collaborated, shared opportunities and built meaningful relationships with the distinguished Council. Bill Eldien, CEO of Ketel One Vodka/Nolet Spirits served as Master of Ceremonies.