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Checking in With Dean Forbes -- May 2018


What are you most excited about at the moment?

We all know how great our faculty and staff are. They make outstanding efforts in the lab, classroom and community. Again this year, the sheer numbers of awards and other forms of recognition are truly impressive and reflect that exceptional level of commitment so prevalent throughout the College. Congratulations to all and keep up the excellent work!

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow 

  • Ruth Shaw, Professor, Ecology Evolution and Behavior

American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows

  • David Bernlohr, Distinguished McKnight Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
  • Reuben Harris, Distinguished McKnight Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

American Ornithological Society Brina Kessel Award

  • Keith Barker, Associate Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

American Society of Plant Biologists Fellow

  • Neil Olszewski, Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Sustaining Fellow

  • James Cotner, Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Charles Albert Shull Award

  • Nathan Springer, McKnight Presidential Endowed Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology

Ecological Society of America Fellows

  • Eric Seabloom, Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • Allison Shaw, Assistant Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Helmholtz International Fellow Award

  • Valery Forbes, Dean, College of Biological Sciences and Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Royal Society of London Fellow

  • David Tilman, McKnight Presidential Chair and Regents Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Sloan Research Fellow

  • Frank Albert, Assistant Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Stanley L. Miller Early Career Award

  • Aaron Engelhart, Assistant Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Strategic Leader Award from the National Society of Genetic Counselors

  • Heather Zierhut, Assistant Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Whitman Center Early Career Fellow

  • G.W. Gant Luxton, Assistant Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Distinguished McKnight University Professor

  • Michael Travisano, Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology

Horace T. Morse - UMAA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

  • David Matthes, Professor, Biology Teaching and Learning

McKnight Land Grant Professor

  • Ran Blekhman, Assistant Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award

  • Jim Krueger, Building and Grounds Supervisor, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

John and Abigail Wardle Chairs in Microbial Ecology

  • Will Harcombe, Assistant Professor, Ecology Evolution and Behavior
  • Peter Tiffin, Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology

John S. Anderson Leadership Award

  • Abby Conover, Coordinator of Undergraduate Initiatives, Biology Teaching and Learning

Stanley Dagley-Samuel Kirkwood Undergraduate Education Award

  • Jan Norrander, Assistant Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

  • Josie Griffin (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior 3409)
  • Amanda Hayward (Biochemistry 4025W)
  • John Rohde (Biochemistry 4521)
  • Justin Oakland (Biology 2005)
  • Kelly Wallin (Biochemistry 4331)

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

Commencement is something I look forward to each year. It’s wonderful to celebrate the achievements of our graduating class. Our students are impressive as scholars and as people. It’s bittersweet to say goodbye, but commencement marks a beginning as well. That sense of possibility and promise come through when you talk to our graduating seniors as they nervously prepare, and it comes through in the student spotlight we show at commencement each year highlighting the voices of a handful of soon-to-be-alumni. You can preview this year’s video here

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

A while back, everyone should have received an announcement about the new CBS intranet. I encourage you all to take a few minutes to explore the site. It’s a great resource that will make your life easier. The intranet is designed to bring together frequently requested resources in a single, easy to access place online. You will find information about policies, commonly used forms, administrative contacts and much more.

Anything else on your mind?

In April, we held our first alumni reception for alumni based in New York City. We had a great turnout, and I got to meet and talk with alums doing really interesting work in business, medicine, research and other fields. You can read a brief Q&A with one of those alums — Beau Miller, a 2014 biochemistry and genetics, cell biology and development grad who works in investment banking. We often talk about the sense of community within the College, but connecting with alums farther afield and seeing their desire to connect with each other reaffirmed the sense that CBS is truly special.

 

Posted 
May, 2018