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Bird prof not retiring

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

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 afterwards.

“I didn’t really get the answer to the question ‘why specifically was biology 355 cancelled when other courses were not’,” Zimmerling said.



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