This month’s Pride celebration comes at a bittersweet moment in our history, as we as a nation struggle with the global pandemic of COVID-19 and with the ongoing protests for Black Lives. We remember this quote from Marsha P. Johnson, “No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.” We know that the LGBTQ+ community has come a long way in the last few years in terms of rights, but we recognize the struggle continues. We would like to celebrate our LGBTQ+ students and alumni, and recognize their achievements in science as well as their active participation in our community.
In 2006, paleontologist Neil Shubin discovered fossils of Tiktaalik roseae, the missing evolutionary link between fish and the first animals that waddled out of water onto land 375 million years ago. Shubin’s key discovery advanced evolutionary biology, and his best-selling book and television series sparked popular interest in the subject.