Dr. Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, Chair, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto

Just in time for some holiday reading, this latest issue of IMMpress Magazine is packed with several timely and important articles that address current concerns regarding the future of science education and outreach. The IMMpress editorial team have brought us featured articles on the demographic of STEM education and science outreach programs for KG-Gr12, including a comparison for different PhD programs, and a discussion on teaching strategies. Of note, there is an update on how our own innovative MSc in Applied Immunology is performing. As usual, relevant topical issues such as the use of social media by scientists, female role models in science, Hollywood’s portrayal of science and scientists, anti-vax movement and fake news, public distrust of scientists, and political ideology are thoughtfully discussed. The alumni interview features our very own Prof. Jennifer Gommerman, Associate Chair – Graduate Studies, talking about her career trajectory in science education and research.

I would like to congratulate the outstanding IMMpress editorial and production team and contributors for putting together another brilliant and engaging issue. Also, a warm welcome to Pailin Chiaranunt, who is joining Yoojin Choi as co-editor in chief, of this extraordinary graduate student-led publication.

As we near the end of 2019, I extend my best wishes to all for a wonderful new year, filled with scientific, educational, and personal achievements. This reminds me, that I am also looking forward to working with all members of our Immunology community as we implement our new Strategic Plan for the Department of Immunology (2019-2023).

I hope you enjoy this issue, and importantly whether you are an alumnus of the department, or a prospective student, I really look forward to hearing from you.

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