Letter from the Editor

By Deanna Howes Spiro, Director of Communications, AJCU

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This month's issue of Connections features examples of the stellar research being conducted by faculty at five Jesuit colleges and universities across the country. From treating autism spectrum disorders, to tracking the evolution of New York City's rat population, to genetic sequencing of E.Coli, our schools are on the cutting edge of research that stands to impact communities far beyond our campuses.

Our institutions range from one exclusively liberal-arts undergraduate institution, to mid-size Master's level institutions, to institutions with professional and doctoral programs. Regardless of size, faculty are committed to conducting research that contributes to our collective body of knowledge, and inspiring students to pursue careers in the arts and sciences as well. Just this week, a 2016 graduate of Santa Clara University was named a 2018 Rhodes Scholar; Sean P. Reilly will pursue graduate mathematical modeling and scientific computing at the University of Oxford next fall.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the work of our faculty who live out the Jesuit ideals of academic excellence and the pursuit of knowledge for the greater good every day.