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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.

Application Open for 2020 Cohort of Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program

The deadline to apply for the 2020 cohort is February 3!


Are you interested in collaborating on multidisciplinary research that addresses societally relevant problems? The Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program is accepting applications for the 2020 cohort. It's a unique opportunity to take on big questions and work across disciplines to find answers.

Checking in With Dean Forbes -- November 2019


I’m pleased to share the news that we’ve reached our $21 million campaign fundraising goal! We still have work to do to raise funds for specific projects and priorities, but this milestone is an important one because it points to the tremendous community of donors — including a number of faculty and staff — who are passionate about supporting our mission and our students. 

Coping With Toxicity

Plant and Microbial Biology faculty member Jannell Bazurto studies how a bacterium utilizes methanol, despite toxic intermediates. 

Jannell Bazurto

Plants emit oxygen. But that’s not the only chemical they send into the atmosphere. As it turns out, plants release a wide range of chemical compounds that attract pollinators, deter pests and support beneficial microbes.

A Microbe-Driven Meltdown?

A new study will examine how microbial communities living in the snow and ice pack impact glacial melt.

Trinity Hamilton on Glacier at Mt. Hood
Trinity Hamilton conducting field work at Mt. Hood. Photo Credit: Jeff Havig

Honoring Excellence in Equity and Diversity

Four CBS undergraduates receive University Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) awards for academic achievement and equity work on campus.

2019 SEED Award Winners
CBS undergraduates (from left to right) Destiny Weaver, Issraa Hussein, Xianyi Xiong and Meredith Song were all named SEED recipients. 

Creating an Unconventional Assembly Line

Researchers aims to transform simple chemical building blocks into complex chemical compounds faster.


Chemical compounds are integral in our lives. They play a starring role in everything from developing new drugs to adding flavor to a dish. Complex chemical compounds — think penicillin or olive oil — are built from elements and simple chemical building blocks. The building process is expedited by enzymes.