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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.

Blending Science and Public Policy

Three CBS students learn the ropes of science-based public policy with the Freshwater Society


When you think of someone pursuing public policy, you might conjure up an image of a political science or public affairs student. CBS alumna Katherine Himes, however, wants to bring scientists into this notion. 

Checking in With Dean Forbes - October 2020


This fall semester presents personal and professional challenges for every member of this community. No one is untouched by the incredible upheaval caused by this pandemic. We feel its effects keenly as a research university where labs are typically buzzing with faculty and students. Nevertheless, we adapt and move ahead when and where we can. Even as we continue to navigate constraints and uncertainties, there are bright spots that inspire optimism and hope as we find ways to advance our mission.

A Boost for Biotech

A new building on the St. Paul campus will expand the capacity of the UMN BioTechnology Institute’s Biotechnology Resource Center and grow the University’s biotechnology footprint.


Tucked away in the basement of the Gortner Laboratory on the University’s St. Paul campus, the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC) is easy to miss. But for nearly four decades, the center has been providing microbial cell production and downstream processing services to UMN researchers and industry partners.

Better with age? A Petri Dish conversation

The Petri Dish explores how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future. No PowerPoints. Just lively, curiosity-driven conversations on timely topics with University of Minnesota experts.

Blue background with yellow/blue growths on a petri dish with the words Petri Dish: Join the experiment

Probable Meets Possible: Learning to speak microbe

Join for conversations this fall with University scientists about how discoveries happening now may impact the future.

Microbes exist in communities just like us and, just like us, they communicate. As scientists come to better understand how they communicate, they are identifying ways to alter that communication to create alternatives to antibiotics, prevent corrosion and much more.

Checking in With Dean Forbes - September 2020


With the semester underway, I know many of you are juggling multiple commitments both professional and personal. Moreover, the excitement and energy of a new academic year are mixed with uncertainty as we collectively navigate the shifting terrain of this pandemic. 

Those of you who work directly with students are also no doubt keenly aware of their concerns about keeping up academically, staying motivated and managing stress. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to share some resources for helping them stay healthy and stay on course to achieve their goals.

CBSelfie with Alex Rich

Alex advocates for students’ mental health and serves on the CBS Student Board and Boynton’s de-stress program. 

Alex Rich standing on the stone arch bridge in the winter

Hometown: Normal, IL

Major: Neuroscience

Minors: Health Psychology, Behavioral Biology

Year: Senior