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CBSelfie with Adam Kostanecki

This to-be senior and Plant and Microbial Biology major has a passion for understanding the interplay between plants and their environment.

Adam Kostanecki

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I am a senior in CBS studying Plant and Microbial Biology.

2019 Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs Announced

Caitlin Looby and Amanda Gorton look to tackle big questions around carbon cycling and urban ragweed distribution.

The College of Biological Sciences recently announced a new cohort of the College’s Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program. Amanda Gorton and Caitlin Looby will join the College this summer to pursue research projects with faculty members from different departments across the University.

Checking in With Dean Forbes - May 2019


This time of year is always a little bittersweet. The frenetic activity of April gives way to the quiet focus of finals week, and of course we will soon bid farewell to a class of newly minted graduates. Later this week well over 400 graduating seniors will walk across the stage at 3M Arena to the loud cheers of their peers, family and friends. It’s an inspiring and emotional experience for all. If you want a sense of the emotions evoked by this annual rite of passage, take a moment to watch this year’s commencement video.

Checking in With Dean Forbes -- April 2019

April is always an incredibly busy time for all as momentum builds toward the culminating event of the year, commencement. This year, I’m pleased to announce that Plant and Microbial Biology Professor George Weiblen will be our speaker. George has achieved so much as a scholar but also in the areas of conservation and community engagement. He will no doubt serve as an inspiration for our soon-to-be graduates.

Innovation through internationalization

Xianyi Xiong receives University award for work on campus internationalization.

Xianyi Xiong

For Xianyi Xiong, looking at the world from multiple perspectives is merely everyday life. The junior, who is studying microbiology and biochemistry, has to interact with classmates, manage schoolwork and live in an American city as a first-generation, foreign-born student from China.

Back to the Start

Aaron Engelhart and Kate Adamala join NASA-funded team with the aim of finding the origins of life.

NASA

In pondering the big questions of life, few are bigger than, ‘Where did we come from?’ Aaron Engelhart and Kate Adamala are undaunted.