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Checking in With Dean Forbes -- April 2018

What are you most excited about at the moment?
We’re in the midst of interviewing candidates for a new head of the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning. It’s a key role, and we’re pleased to have a handful of strong applicants. Ensuring that we find the very best person to lead the department and advance the work happening in BTL is critical. We also have a new major -- Organismal and Cellular Physiology -- thanks to the efforts of Associate Dean for Graduate Education John Ward and others.

What are you most looking forward to in the coming weeks?
I just attended the Golden Pipettes, a great event organized by the CBS Student Board to honor CBS faculty. It’s wonderful to experience the sense of community and see the positive role our faculty play in our students’ lives. Looking ahead, we’re holding our first alumni reception in New York City and our final Petri Dish conversation of the semester next week. Mikael Elias (BMBB/BioTechnology Institute), Paige Novak (CEGE/BioTechnology Institute) and Todd DeJournett (Geosyntec) will talk about the potential to use engineered enzymes to deal with toxic chemicals in the environment. Plus, our annual SciSpark event is coming April 25. It’s a busy month!

What do you want to make sure the CBS community knows right now?
Faculty and staff received an email in mid-March with a link to the University’s Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct training. Training must be completed by June 30. The email included a link to additional information if you have questions. The training represents a concrete step toward preventing sexual misconduct by creating a shared understanding of the issues. I welcome your ideas for advancing this important work within the College.

Anything else on your mind?
We announced the recipients of our Alumni Achievement Award and Emerging Leader Award. Each of the recipients is truly impressive and a reminder of the impact of the work we do here in the College to prepare students to make meaningful contributions whatever path they choose. Also, we just finished reviewing applications for the next Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program cohort. Look for an announcement soon!

April, 2018