Dear Seminars Community,
Welcome to a new academic year! I say this with a bit of irony since we are not where we hoped to be. This pandemic is clearly an endurance test. Columbia University is doing an excellent job at keeping its community safe. And while all seminar members are part of the community, many are in the outer ring and not yet fully welcome on campus. I am hopeful about the spring and the chance of meeting in person however, I have learned to temper my optimism. I believe our office has done a fantastic job is supporting our new virtual reality. I hope chairs will share any concerns and ideas for improvement with our office at the upcoming General Meeting of Chairs.