I observe the "New Year" on the opening day of classes. Each fall since I was three I have paid homage to the occasion. I have been taken, or have taken myself, shopping for the proper attire, pencil box, notebook, slide rule-or whatever-to commemorate the year gone by and to celebrate the year to come.

Every year-66 of them-has been more exciting and challenging than the preceding one. New discoveries-my own, my students', my colleagues'-to be revealed. New ideas integrated with old truths. Teaching that impassions and empowers large finite numbers of undergraduates to explore the metabolic pathways and savor biochemical nutrition. The singular moments when a grad student falls in love with science. New challenges to ensure that the science literacy of elementary and secondary school students will be adequate for them to participate more meaningfully as citizens in a democratic society.

Will you be excited and renewed when...

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