Word from the Editor (Mar 2015)

Hi all!

My name is Jonathan Austin, and I am the new Editor-in-Chief for Pioneer. I am thrilled to be able to work alongside our officers and staff, both new and old, and I look forward to serving the organization in what should be an exciting year for the newsletter. As with every spring semester, we had to bid farewell to many of our senior members as they embark upon their final semester here at Georgia Tech so we wish them all the best! Our past recruitment season, however, has given us a plethora of eager, new faces who will no doubt be able to pick up the reins and help us continue to produce excellent issues.

In the past few weeks, a cold spell has come and gone, bringing back memories of last year’s great snow fiasco, but all is right as rain. Courses are well underway, and many have already taken their first round of exams – believe it or not, more than half the semester has already flown by! The Internship and Co-Op Fair has passed too but be sure to stay on the lookout for other work opportunities whether it be via CareerBuzz or announcements from Paul or Sally.
In this issue of Pioneer, we have a number of interesting articles for your reading pleasure. We continue our Spotlight Series with an article featuring the roots of Dr. Platt’s scientific career and his love of cathepsins. In addition, we have a Review article written by one of our staff who attended the Ebola Symposium in Oxford, England, as well as a brand new series called Whitaker Vignettes focusing on the everyday goings-on within the BME community. In addition, we have a Research Series article featuring Dr. Jo’s lab at Emory, a Biotech Review article about web-based bioinformatics utilities, a piece about the Learning Commons program BME Dinner Jackets, and much more!

For more regular updates on the happenings of the biotechnology community, feel free to like our Facebook page at facebook.com/gtpioneer, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/pioneergt and take a glance at more online content at thepioneer.gatech.edu. If you would like, you can also reach us by e-mail at thepioneer@gatech.edu. Thank you for your continual support, and we hope you enjoy this issue!

Until Next Time,
Jonathan Austin