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Checking in With Dean Forbes - January 2021


Many of us had hoped for better things in 2021 and, indeed, there are reasons for optimism. But the images of violence at the Capitol that propelled us into this new year left an indelible imprint. While details are still emerging, the presence of symbols of white supremacy and anti-Semitism displayed by some of those involved in the insurrection was jarring. Those symbols, compounded with the muted response and violence that ensued, were deeply disturbing and a potent reminder of the racism and bigotry that persists in our society. 

Checking in With Dean Forbes -- December 2020

The end of the year is nearly here and for many it won’t be missed. We’re all hoping for better days to come in 2021. While things won’t return to normal any time soon, we have cause for hope that this year will be the inverse of the last one. I am incredibly grateful to all of you for going above and beyond to deliver on our mission in spite of it all. 

Tropical dry forest in the spotlight

A special section in Biotropica edited by Jennifer Powers gives a window into one of the most famous research areas in the tropics.

University of Minnesota undergraduates on a field course in Santa Rosa, 2013
University of Minnesota undergraduates on a field course in Santa Rosa, 2013 (photo credit: Jennifer Powers)

Market Science Featured Scientists Initiative

Are you passionate about sharing your love of science and its impact on your life with ours? The CBS Market Science program is recruiting folks to participate in its Featured Scientists Initiative. Traditionally, Market Science is a team of scientists that share science through hands on activities for young students and market goers at local Farmers Markets across the Twin Cities with the goal of providing the opportunity for community members to explore science in informal spaces.

Looking Back with Bonnie LeRoy

Long-term head of Genetic Counseling Bonnie LeRoy reflects back on her experience leading the program.

After many years of service, Bonnie LeRoy recently stepped down as head of the program this last spring. During her phased retirement, she plans to finish the revision of the second edition Genetic Counseling Practice: Advanced Concepts and Skills, work with some grads toward bringing some past student projects to publication and work with program faculty as a co-advisor for some of the current students who will graduate in May of 2021.

Eleanor’s Quilt

Raymond Lindeman made field-shaping discoveries at Cedar Creek. An art project celebrates the role his wife, Eleanor, played.

Eleanor's Quilt