CFANS dean Allen Levine plans to step down at the end of August from his position as dean of the college and director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. He will return to the faculty and assume new academic responsibilities.
An interim dean and director will be named soon; a nationwide search for the permanent position will be launched later this summer.
Levine, 63, has been dean of CFANS since the college was created in 2006. He is a professor in the university's departments of food science and nutrition, psychiatry, surgery, and medicine, and is a member of the graduate faculties in nutrition, food science and neuroscience.
In a relationship that is part art and part research, the CFANS Bee Squad and the Weisman Art Museum are partnering in an effort to foster healthy bees, educate people about the need for bee-friendly landscapes and gather data on bees all while creating a living work of art. This week, CFANS bee expert Marla Spivak is taking part in TED Global 2013, a gathering of top world scientists presenting their work in an online forum.
CFANS will receive more than $12 million from the estate of Millicent Atkins, left, a successful farmer and businesswoman who owned prime farm land near Aberdeen, S.D. The college's one-third share is currently valued at about $12.3 million, and will be distributed in 2022, when the trust terminates. "Ms. Atkins has placed a great deal of trust in our college to use her gift as we think best," said Allen Levine, dean of the college. "We are concerned about the financial burden of getting an education and the impact it has on students and their families, so increasing support for undergraduate and graduate students is a priority for the college. Millicent Atkins’ generosity will have a significant impact in helping students."
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