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Checking in With Dean Forbes - Summer 2018


As I write this, I am at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories surrounded by woods, water and, until a few hours ago, members of the CBS class of 2022. Participants from the first Nature of Life session boarded the bus back to Minneapolis earlier today tired but happy. The cycle will repeat many more times over the course of the month as we welcome hundreds of incoming students to this special place.

Seeking Soybean-Friendly Fungi

Kathryn Bushley and Thomas Kim look toward fungi as potential answer for destructive nematodes.

Soybeans in a field

Summer in Minnesota: a time for boating on the lakes, spending time outdoors, enjoying the extra daylight and a key time for growing crops. For many soybean farmers, however, a certain parasitic roundworm can potentially wreak havoc on their harvest.

CBS Announces 2018 TA Award Winners

The College recognizes five exceptional TAs with 2018 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards.


Each year, the College of Biological Sciences recognizes teaching assistants who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or other instructional activities that enhance the educational experience. This year's recipients include:

Josie Griffin

Ecology Evolution and Behavior graduate student
Teaching assistant in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior 3409

Checking in With Dean Forbes -- May 2018


What are you most excited about at the moment?

We all know how great our faculty and staff are. They make outstanding efforts in the lab, classroom and community. Again this year, the sheer numbers of awards and other forms of recognition are truly impressive and reflect that exceptional level of commitment so prevalent throughout the College. Congratulations to all and keep up the excellent work!

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow 

The Impact of the Infinite Frontier

Kate Adamala and Aaron Engelhart join NASA-based team with aim to better understand the impact of space travel on RNA folding and synthetic cell function.

NASA group

Aaron Engelhart (furthest right) and Kate Adamala (second right) with a few of the graduate students in their labs helping launch the NASA project. 

Editing Plants for a Changing World

New faculty member Feng Zhang envisions genome editing on a large scale in plants with an eye to healthier, more resilient crops.

When he was a postdoctoral researcher, Feng Zhang helped make a game-changing discovery.