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Checking in With Dean Forbes - May 2019


This time of year is always a little bittersweet. The frenetic activity of April gives way to the quiet focus of finals week, and of course we will soon bid farewell to a class of newly minted graduates. Later this week well over 400 graduating seniors will walk across the stage at 3M Arena to the loud cheers of their peers, family and friends. It’s an inspiring and emotional experience for all. If you want a sense of the emotions evoked by this annual rite of passage, take a moment to watch this year’s commencement video. It will affirm yet again just how wonderful these young people are and what a privilege it is to support them on their educational journey.

Our faculty also continue to give us reason to be proud members of this College. Just a few weeks ago, Dan Voytas and Marlene Zuk were named National Academy of Sciences members. This is a huge distinction and extremely well deserved recognition of their exceptional work as scientists. Eight of the 44 University of Minnesota faculty named to the National Academy of Sciences since 1930 are from the College of Biological Sciences, which is pretty exciting.

Dan and Marlene are among nearly a dozen faculty to earn distinctions and accolades this academic year. Congratulations to all of our faculty award winners!

  • 2019 Whitman Center Early Career Fellowship - Trevor Wardill, Assistant Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • American Academy of Microbiology Fellow - Daniel Bond, Associate Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professor - Susan Jones, Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • Ecological Society of America Fellow - Elizabeth Borer, Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • John S. Anderson Leadership Award - Ruth Shaw, Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professor - Michael Smanski, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
  • National Academy of Sciences Member - Daniel Voytas, Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
  • National Academy of Sciences Member
  • Marlene Zuk, Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • President-elect of the Society for the Study of Evolution - Ruth Shaw, Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
  • Stanley Dagley-Samuel Kirkwood Undergraduate Education Award - David LaPorte, Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
  • University of Minnesota/Mayo Partnership Award - Dan Knights, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering and the BioTechnology Institute

Thank you to all CBS faculty and staff — including postdocs and graduate teaching and research assistants — for another excellent year. Have a great summer!

P.S. The bison will soon return to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. You can see them roaming the oak savanna from the bison viewing gazebo starting June 1. If you missed the bison last summer, consider making a trip to East Bethel.

 

Posted 
May, 2019