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Checking in With Dean Forbes - December 2017

What are you most excited about at the moment?

Last month, we announced the purchase of 63 acres of land near Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. Clarence Lehman and others worked for months to secure the property, which will make it possible to substantially expand the research program at Itasca. It’s a wonderful development at just the right moment as incoming director Jonathan Schilling steps into his new role with a fresh vision for bringing long-term research projects to Itasca. You can read more about the land acquisition here.

What are you most looking forward to in the coming weeks?

I am traveling to China this week to meet with colleagues at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. The university is establishing a new School of Life and Health Sciences and CBS is partnering with the institution on several programs including faculty exchanges and a degree program for CUHK students. More to come!

What do you want to make sure the CBS community knows right now?

I sent a message to the CBS community last week about the President's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct. It’s an issue that is top of mind for many of us, so I just want to reiterate how important it is that we all engage with this issue. You can start by reading the report and commenting on it.

Anything else on your mind?

The end of the semester is upon us. It can be a stressful time for students. Many resources are available for those struggling to cope. Please call on our Student Services office for assistance as well if you are aware of a student in need of support. Also, the deadline to apply for the Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program is coming up February 1. Please help spread the word and encourage any postdocs you know who may be a good fit for the program to apply!

December, 2017