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Checking in With Dean Forbes -- January 2018

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

What are you most excited about at the moment?
We welcomed Jonathan Schilling as the new director of Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories at the start of the new year. Jonathan brings great energy and a strong vision for Itasca, and our recent purchase of land just outside Itasca State Park opens up new possibilities for long-term research. In other good news, Robin Wright has agreed to join us on stage this May as commencement speaker. Robin has done so much to shape our undergraduate program and bring the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning to fruition. She’s an exceptional educator and leader who will no doubt inspire our graduating students.

What are you most looking forward to in the coming weeks?
Cedar Creek is doing so much to engage the public. If you haven’t checked out their events page lately, I encourage you to do so and to make the short trip to the station! There was a great profile of education and outreach coordinator Caitlin Potter in the Star Tribune last month. She and others are doing phenomenal work. In addition, three CBS faculty members were invited to present at MinneCollege, a University of Minnesota alumni event series held each winter in Florida and Arizona. In coming weeks, I will be joining Perry Hackett and Craig Packer in Naples, FL and George Weiblen in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s a great opportunity to connect with our alumni and donors outside of Minnesota.

What do you want to make sure the CBS community knows right now?
A recent survey of CBS faculty and staff indicated a gap in knowledge about anonymous reporting procedures. Anonymous reporting is designed to provide faculty and staff with an anonymous way to report activities that may be violations of the University's policies or other laws, rules and regulations. You will find information about anonymous reporting here.

Anything else on your mind?
The deadline for the Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program is coming up soon. Please encourage prospective postdocs to apply!

January, 2018