The summer is here and Pullman is pretty quiet. However, summer is a busy time for many of us. It is an opportunity to focus on research, get that paper written or start putting together a grant, not forgetting that many of the SMB faculty have busy teaching schedules in our summer session. Over the next few months it will be a pleasure to wish a warm welcome to our two new junior faculty recruits, Alan Goodman and Steven Roberts. They will be joining us in July and September respectively. I also look forward to greeting a new batch of graduate students in July and new and returning undergraduates in August. Our annual retreat will be held August 14 at the University Inn in Moscow and I thank my colleague Susan Wang for organizing this important event in the SMB calendar. We have an outstanding keynote speaker in Dr. John Kozarich who has held senior positions in academia and in biotech. He will be telling us about his career path and outlining his translational research in drug discovery and development. He is an excellent role model for our trainees. As we look forward to the 2014-2015 academic year, we will again undertake searches for new faculty. I am very grateful to College of Veterinary Medicine and WSU for their continued support for our recruitment efforts since they are essential for the growth and development of our school.