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Checking in With Dean Forbes - September 2020

With the semester underway, I know many of you are juggling multiple commitments both professional and personal. Moreover, the excitement and energy of a new academic year are mixed with uncertainty as we collectively navigate the shifting terrain of this pandemic. 

Those of you who work directly with students are also no doubt keenly aware of their concerns about keeping up academically, staying motivated and managing stress. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to share some resources for helping them stay healthy and stay on course to achieve their goals.

New CBS initiative aims to advance racial equity in the classroom

The program kicks off this fall and focuses on advancing anti-racist teaching practices in CBS classrooms and labs. 

Faculty member engages undergrads in an active learning classroom

This fall, a group of faculty members and teaching assistants (TAs) are working together to identify practices and set goals that support anti-racist approaches to teaching.

Fighting for deer life

CBS researchers join an interdisciplinary group to study the persistence of an emerging disease in the environment, hoping to limit spread in MN.

deer standing in a forest

Seams of Cedar Creek

Cheri Stockinger sews together the scenes of Cedar Creek through quilts.

Birch bark quilt

Part of Cheri Stockinger's Birch Bark Quilt created during her artist-in-residency at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.

Micro Maven

Kip Thacker discovered a deep interest in microbiology as an undergraduate and used it as a springboard for a successful career in business.

When Kip Thacker (B.S. Microbiology, ’76; Ph.D. Microbiology, ’84) enrolled in the University of Minnesota in fall 1973, he had planned to take courses with the aim of attending medical school after graduation.