Scott Strobel (http://www.yale.edu/strobel/) is the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and a Professor of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Scott joined the Yale faculty in 1995, received tenure to full professor in 2001 and served as Department Chair from 2006-09. Scott was awarded the Dylan Hixon Prize for teaching excellence in the Natural Sciences by Yale College (2004) and he received the Graduate Mentoring award from the Yale Graduate School (2007). He has twice been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor to promote efforts in undergraduate science education. With this award he instituted a program to explore microbial and chemical diversity in the world’s rainforests as a means to inspire undergraduate students in the sciences. In 2014 he was appointed as the inaugural Deputy Provost for Teaching and Learning reflecting the University’s heightened emphasis on these key areas of its mission. His primary research focus is on the relationship of RNA structure and function including RNA catalysis and RNA mediated gene regulation by riboswitches using techniques as varied as yeast genetics, x-ray crystallography and chemical synthesis. In addition to Deputy Provost he serves as the Vice President for West Campus Planning and Program Development with responsibility for implementing scientific, arts and educational efforts on the Yale West Campus.