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Director's Message

Happy spring! I hope everyone is doing well. The year continues to be filled with challenges that inspire growth, moments of joy that brighten even the most difficult days, new ideas, and new opportunities to make intellectual and social connections alike. As we head into spring quarter, I cannot wait to see what unfolds.

I always love meeting HumBio students and other members of our community, so feel free to reach out to find a time to meet and chat.

Here’s to a terrific year ahead! 

All my best,
Lianne Kurina, PhD 
Bing Director, Program in Human Biology



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