In Mississippi, we have summer and then we have the really hot part of summer, which in my mind usually kicks off right around the Fourth of July holiday. Judging by the last few weeks, with temperatures pushing triple digits on several days, that tradition seems to be out the door.
It's really hot, folks.
So, as you plan your holiday weekend activities, I will just add a few reminders to the chorus of those coming from mothers and emergency medicine physicians everywhere:
Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, be careful in and around the water, avoid mosquitoes, and if you possibly can, leave the fireworks to the professionals and keep them out of the hands of children.
July also marks a major transition - to a new academic year and a new fiscal year. So I'll take a moment to reflect on a few highlights from the year that ended yesterday, and to relate some of my priorities for the one that lies ahead.
For the year just ending:
- We are past the halfway point on two of the three major campus construction projects, and Garage C will open in just a couple more months. The new School of Medicine and the Translational Research Center will both be completed during the year ahead.