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CBS senior Melat Weldeselasie was awarded the 2018 Josef Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization

Melat Weldeselasie

In a time when our differences so often foster conflict, misunderstanding, and divisiveness, Melat Weldeselasie takes a decidedly different approach.

Checking in With Dean Forbes - March 2018

What are you most excited about at the moment?
I'm excited about our new Cellular and Organismal Physiology major. The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved the new major in February at its most recent meeting. The major will cover the physiology of all major organism groups — microbes, plants, animals, humans — and include the evolutionary underpinnings of organismal physiology. More information is coming, but the new major is going to be available to our undergraduates beginning this fall.

Tomorrow and Beyond: An Evening With Dr. Jane Goodall

Scientist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall to speak March 23.


In Tomorrow and Beyond, Dr. Goodall will shed light on the person behind the globe-trotting international icon: A UN Messenger of Peace, Dame of the British Empire and the subject of countless articles and television programs.

A Physiologist, Come Full Circle

Sarah Malmquist returns to her College of Biological Sciences roots, this time as a faculty member.

Sarah Malmquist

Sarah Malmquist’s adventures in higher education have taken her from foggy mornings of Seattle to busy evenings on Long Island. But last semester, the often seemingly endless winters of Minnesota called her back.

CBSpotlight: Fumiaki Katagiri

This longtime member of the Plant and Microbial Biology faculty is interested in what makes plants' immune signaling networks resilient.

Fumiaki Katagiri

Much like humans, plants exhibit immune responses to invading pathogens.

Spring 2018 Petri Dish Series

Isn't life fascinating? It gets even more interesting when you put three University of Minnesota experts with distinct perspectives together in the same room for an unscripted, free-flowing discussion. Join us for science-y fun and curiosity-driven conversations about how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future. 

Parks Proud

Helping sustain and build on Minneapolis parks’ reputation for excellence is all in a day’s work for Jennifer Ringold.

Jennifer Ringold