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Checking in With Dean Forbes - February 2020

The College’s field stations are vital to our research, education and outreach mission. Faculty and staff at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories do incredible work. Two recent productions capture a bit of the magic of these unique places. 

Lakeland PBS in northwestern Minnesota just aired a half-hour segment about Itasca — A Love Letter to Itasca State Park Part 1: The U of M Itasca Biological Station — as part of its program, Common Ground.  A segment about the bison at Cedar Creek — Bison on the Savanna — appeared on our local PBS station. Check them out when you have a moment. 

Just a few other updates during this busy time. I was part of a presentation at the last Board of Regents meeting about efforts to increase faculty diversity. I talked about our efforts in this area including participation in the President’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program and work we’ve done to reduce bias in the hiring process. You can view the proceedings here. On a related note, congratulations to CBS Student Services for receiving micro grants for two Campus Climate projects

Earlier this academic year, we set out to update the College’s constitution for greater efficiency and effectiveness. The revised CBS constitution has been approved and is available on our Intranet. 

The College’s Impact Exchange is offering a six-week science communication “crash course” for graduate students and postdocs starting in mid March. If you know anyone with an interest in sharpening their scicomm skills or would like to do so yourself, please spread the word. 

Our Petri Dish series returns March 4 with a discussion about Cannabis. Resident expert George Weiblen, along with Sade Spencer (Pharmacology) and Ann Philbrick (Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems) will engage in a wide-ranging conversation on the topic. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend Clearing the Air Around Cannabis and other CBS events free of charge (promo code CBS). 

Last week, we held a successful fundraiser for the new CBS Conservatory & Botanical Collection. More than 100 supporters explored the new space and enjoyed food by award-winning local chefs. The robust turnout speaks to the growing excitement around the new facility, which is unlike anything else in the region. I hope you will all join us March 21 for the Conservatory Grand Opening Celebration.


February, 2020