UF/IFAS Dean elected to AIBS board
“I’m committed to supporting biology education and creating leadership in it. I think we really need more space for innovation and education in the life sciences”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Teri C. Balser, dean of the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, this week was elected to the board of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). The board governs the 66-year-old scientific association, headquartered in Reston, Va.
“I’m pleased to have an opportunity for national service,” Balser said, noting that the organization and its publication, BioScience, are dedicated to promoting new ideas and also has a focus on education. “I’m committed to supporting biology education and creating leadership in it. I think we really need more space for innovation and education in the life sciences.”
Balser has served on the AIBS education committee in past years. As dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, she oversees all aspects of the college’s undergraduate and graduate education programs. She is also a professor in the soil and water science department, is a national Fellow with the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education, and was the Carnegie 2010 U.S. Professor of the Year.
AIBS provides the biological sciences community and various government and non-government clients with services ranging from peer-review of grant programs to numerous initiatives in undergraduate science education, science policy, and scientific communications.
The new board will take office Jan. 1, 2014.
The 2014 AIBS Board of Directors:
President: Dr. Joseph Travis of Florida State University
Vice President: Dr. Karen Schmaling of Washington State University
Secretary: Dr. Judith Skog of George Mason University
Treasurer: Dr. John Tobin of Credit Suisse
Other board members:
Dr. John Burris of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Dr. James Collins of Arizona State University
Dr. Muriel Poston of Pitzer College
Dr. Susan Stafford of the University of Minnesota
Dr. Michael Cato of Vassar College
Dr. Eric Nagy of the University of Virginia
Dr. Alan Savitzky of Utah State University
Dr. Charles Fenster of the University of Maryland
Dr. David M. Leslie, Jr. of the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Dr. Steward Pickett of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Teri C. Balser, dean of the University of Florida's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, who was recently elected to the board of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).