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Featuring news, updates and stories by and for the CBS community, Connect is your resource for the latest from the College of Biological Sciences.

Shedding new light on cavefish

Two new NSF grants allow Suzanne McGaugh and colleagues to gain more insight into how cavefish can alter behavior given changing conditions.

cave fish

Antisocial blind cavefish are drastically different from their social surface-dwelling counterparts. Despite distinct appearances and lifestyles, the fish are members of the same species. 

Checking in With Dean Forbes - February 2020

The College’s field stations are vital to our research, education and outreach mission. Faculty and staff at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories do incredible work. Two recent productions capture a bit of the magic of these unique places. 

CBSelfie with Molly Tillmann

Molly Tillmann, a Ph.D. student in Plant and Microbial Biology, first got her start in ecology interning at Cedar Creek for two summers as an undergraduate student. In her graduate work, she studies how plants can develop roots from aboveground organs.

Molly TIllman poses in the lab

CBSelfie with Issraa Hussein

After graduating in December, this recent alum reflects on her summer in Istanbul and time in CBS.

Issraa Hussein

Hometown: Jerusalem, Palestine

Majors: Biology, Spanish Studies 

Fostering future scientists

Volunteers guided first and second grade students through a morning of hands-on STEM activities during the inaugural STEM Day.

students learn about insect life cycles at STEM day

For two hours, students met tarantulas, served as citizen scientists for Eyes on the Wild and sketched out insect life cycles, to name just a

Checking in With Dean Forbes - January 2020


I hope your winter break provided an opportunity to recharge and prepare for the semester ahead. Spring is always a busy time, and this year is no exception. The Dean’s Office kicked off 2020 with a half-day retreat focusing on the future of biology education and research. It was a great opportunity to draw on the collective experience and wisdom of our associate deans, department heads, and post-doc, graduate and undergraduate representatives as we think about where we are and where we want to go as a College.