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Editors’ Note

The only constant is change, right? So it might seem looking at some of the contents of this issue of Arts & Sciences Magazine, particularly news of three major transitions: the installation of Ronald J. Daniels as Johns Hopkins' 14th president, the appointment of Lloyd Minor as provost, and the announcement that Williams College had selected James B. Knapp Dean Adam Falk as its next president. We are particularly sad to lose Dean Falk, who has been a dedicated champion of Arts and Sciences and a great supporter of and collaborator on this magazine. We are tremendously happy for him and his family, though, and we know that Williams, with its excellent choice, will thrive under his leadership, just as we have in Arts and Sciences.

President Daniels' inauguration this fall witnessed not only the pageantry and tradition of the installation ceremony itself but also the coming together of the university community around this wonderful occasion. What typically is a Freshman Day of Service this year became the President's Day of Service, with more than 1,000 students, faculty, and staff members joining President Daniels for an afternoon of volunteer service at more than 40 sites throughout Baltimore. You can see more about the inauguration on pages 24-25.

Beyond the news of major milestones are some stories of true constants within Arts and Sciences: the pursuit of excellence and a dedication to research and scholarship to advance knowledge for the world. Two wonderful examples exist in Barbara Landau and Andrew Cherlin, whose work is featured in this issue. Landau's research has significantly advanced our understanding of Williams syndrome and brought comfort and hope to the families with whom she has worked for more than a decade. Cherlin has studied the American family for more than 30 years, and his latest research examining the state of American marriage brings real cause for concern about the effects of Americans' habit of coupling and re-coupling on children. We hope you enjoy these stories and the rest of the contents of this issue. Please continue to be in touch with us to share your feedback and ideas for future stories.


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