The PULSE community was deeply saddened by the passing of Judy Verbeke in December, 2017. She played a major role in establishing PULSE and provided crucial vision and advice as our organization was launched in 2012. Her passion and dedication to science education reform were extraordinary. She is missed by all who knew her.
From David Asai (HHMI): "Judy and I worked together during the birthing and nurturing of PULSE. I learned many things from Judy. She showed me what an effective leader can be: don't get hung up on the obstacles...instead, figure out where you want to go and then just find the way to make it happen. This requires experience, wisdom, and courage...that was Judy! Oh, one more thing. She was a big fan of Kurt Suzuki, who played catcher for the Washington Nationals. I have an imaginary connection with Kurt because I went to high school with his mother on Maui."
From Akif Uzman (PULSE Fellow): "I am greatly saddened with the news of Dr. Verbeke's death. I came to know her through her pioneering work in the formation of the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) five years ago, one of her last great projects while she was at NSF. Judy served forty seasoned faculty and administrators as a mentor and supportive friend. Even though she has not been actively engaged with this group, she is continually remembered as an inspiring advocate for the education of the next generation of young people. Personally, I enjoyed our brief camaraderie at HHMI during the formation of PULSE, which involved a combination of humor and deep conversation about science and life. My deepest condolences and sympathy to her entire family."
For additional tributes written by Judy's friends and family see: here.