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Checking in with Dean Forbes - February 2017

Dean Valery Forbes

A monthly Q&A with College of Biological Sciences Dean Valery Forbes.

What are you most excited about at the moment?

We have several search committees in full swing. Currently, interviews are ongoing for a new animal physiologist in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, a new teaching faculty member in physiology in Biology Teaching and Learning, and three new microbiology faculty in Plant and Microbial Biology. We will also start reviewing applications for a new director of Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories and a new cohort of the Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program. I am looking forward to learning more about the applicants!  

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

Later this month, I’m heading to Arizona for MinneCollege, an annual event featuring University researchers put together by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Professor Marlene Zuk will be one of the speakers! We’re planning to meet with donors and alumni in the area while we are there. It’s a great opportunity to connect with members of the CBS community outside of the Twin Cities and, hopefully, warm up a bit.

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

Given political developments at the national level, I want to make sure everyone is aware of the resources available here at the University, particularly for our international students, faculty and staff who may be navigating issues relating to the recent executive order on visas and immigration. You will find a good overview of resources available to the University community here, and please don't hesitate to contact the dean's office with questions and concerns.

Anything else on your mind?

Last week we kicked off the first in our spring Petri Dish series. I'd like to thank Elizabeth Borer (CBS), Jessica Hellmann (Institute on the Environment/CBS), Gabe Chan (Humphrey School) and Tracy Twine (CFANS) for participating in a very timely and engaging discussion about the science, politics and policy of addressing and adapting to global environmental change. The series is an outstanding opportunity to engage the public in the work we do here at the University, which is more important than ever. The next conversation is March 1. Hope to see you there!


February, 2017