Dear IEC Community,
With the new academic year comes a new beginning that ushers in new initiatives, expectations, and challenges. It then seems appropriate to include in this September mini-issue a letter that reminds us of the opportunities this newsletter presents for informing and engaging our community by serving as a platform for disseminating information between IEC members, and also as a conduit for sharing relevant news and collaboration opportunities. We envision that these fruitful exchanges of ideas will result in our effective functioning as that “super department” that would allow us to engage more effectively in innovative and/or large-scale initiatives and better tackle our common challenges.
Although our inaugural issue was distributed nine months ago, the IEC Exchange remains a quarterly publication. The long hiatus was due to the COVID-19 realities that, as we all are painfully aware of, have disrupted agendas, operations, and lives. We felt the need to reboot the process with the new academic year by re-introducing the newsletter through this short issue that will be followed by our first full-length issue at the end of October.