Bird prof not retiring
By Emmett Macfarlane
Ryan Zimmerling, the adjunct professor who has been teaching
biology 355b, Adaptation and Ecology of Birds, is not retiring,
contrary to what was reported yesterday in The Gazette.
As reported yesterday, students expressed anger at the cancellation
of the course and have started a petition to keep it running.
“It was a very specialized course; I’m not sure
it was entirely appropriate for an undergraduate program — we
have enough basic biology that needs to be covered,” explained
Brock Fenton, chair of the biology department, earlier this
week. “[Specialized courses] are normally courses offered
as part of a graduate program.”
The Gazette was able to speak to Zimmerling yesterday, who
confirmed he was not retiring. He also said he was surprised
to hear from a fellow faculty member about the course’s
cancellation, adding he had a meeting with the department chair
“I didn’t really get the answer to the question ‘why
specifically was biology 355 cancelled when other courses were
not’,” Zimmerling said.