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Jen Wessel

Michele leaving is bittersweet - I am so happy for her and this new adventure, but I have to acknowledge what a defining force she has been in our program and in our entire department. Not only is Michele this research superstar who is globally respected for her amazing work, but she also has put in the effort to create a welcoming, positive climate for her colleagues and students. She has been a guiding star for SDOS's culture (which is the perfect balance of tight and loose!) and has watched out and spoken up for her junior faculty colleagues in ways that are greatly appreciated. Over many mentoring meetings, Michele has helped me brainstorm projects, discuss strategy, and also vent (or "kvetch") about life. She has also made it my goal in life to be described by others as a "good egg". I will miss her greatly as an energizing and kind presence in our program.

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