At a time when the values associated with science, education and even social justice and equity are under fire, we need champions of these causes and as privileged academics, it is our responsibility to carry that banner, to take on the mantle of leadership to ensure that our country remains the world leader that it has been. — Tony Ricci

Neuroscience Graduate Program

As director of the Neuroscience graduate program I am privileged to work with the next generation of scientific leaders. Generating scientists who are technically skilled, intellectually rigorous, scientifically bold and socially engaging is a big responsibility for the entire community. Having a hand in this training allows me to give back to the community while hopefully having a long term broad impact on our research community. We have the privilege of working with an elite group of students with great potential across many areas. Training these students to become independent thinkers and leaders in their respective fields is likely the most important thing that any of us as academics can do.

Advance Summer Research Institute

Creating a diverse and accepting research community is critical to moving science forward at a rapid pace as well as for setting a broader example to the community at large. Science advances through people who think differently and independently and through people who are resilient. People are shaped by their personal experiences; their culture, gender, heritage, educational background, socio-economic status etc. By training a diverse cohort of leaders we are advancing and strengthening our scientific endeavors while fulfilling our social responsibilities.

The Advance summer program is central to this mission, providing a summer of research, workshops and social engagements to incoming graduate students across all bioscience programs. This program prepares students for a graduate school experience while building a community of scientists with diverse interests and backgrounds.

Spending a career as an academic scientists has provided me with unprecedented freedom and opportunity to explore topics that interest me. With this great opportunity comes the responsibility to contribute to the building and maintenance of a strong community both within the University but also to society. As leaders, it is our obligation to be outspoken and engaged at all levels of our community.— Tony Ricci