The pandemic has wreaked havoc on most human activities. But a few months since words such as WFH and zoom-fatigue have become part of the groan-inducing vocabulary, we have reluctantly adapted to working remotely. The saddest of these online exercises has to be student exams and defenses, by taking an already stressful experience and making it even more impersonal and detached. Such were the circumstances when three important Athrey lab events became part of the historical record, without so much as any two people meeting, shaking hands, or smiling face-to-face. I can only commend my students for undertaking these challenges under such trying conditions and coming out intact. The three notables are

  1. Jamie Alfieri passed his prelim exam, thereby advancing towards candidacy for the PhD degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology on October 9th, 2020. Bravo Jamie!
  2. Mohamed Ibrahim (under great pressure and against great odds) defended his PhD dissertation towards his degree in Poultry Science on November 24th, 2020. Mohamed will be graduating in Spring 2021. Kudos Mohamed!
  3. Travis Williams passed his prelim exam, thereby advancing towards candidacy for the PhD degree in Poultry Science on December 1st, 2020. Well done Travis!