Fall is here already. The changes in season are reflected by changes in the leadership of SMB. John Nilson stepped down from the Directorship of SMB and I assumed that position September 1. I am grateful for the good wishes you have given my family and me during these first few weeks at WSU. In addition, on your behalf, I thank John for his tremendous and committed service to SMB. I wish John well as he goes about developing some exciting new graduate training programs here at WSU. I arrive in Pullman having spent the majority of my research career studying the biology of skin and epithelial cells. I now look forward to establishing my research program at WSU and teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in SMB. This will be my first experience of teaching undergraduates, but I welcome the challenge! I am also excited about new scientific interactions with labs within the school, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the University. Please drop by my office for a chat. I will tell you not only about our research goals, but also plans for a new chapter in the development of the school. As part of the latter effort I have initiated a search for new faculty. A committee has been given the task of recruiting colleagues who will build in our areas of research excellence, including reproductive biology, chromatin biology and cell signaling. Although this is a difficult fiscal time for all of us in science, our efforts should focus on growing and fostering both established and new research programs within the school.