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CBS students start their collegiate journey at the headwaters of the Mississippi where they meet faculty, make friends and learn biology in a living laboratory and continues back on campus with in classrooms and labs, study spaces and student groups. You are now viewing a collection of education and teaching news, opportuntities and highlights at the College of Biological Sciences

New Grand Challenges Postdoctoral Program Cohort Announced

Four postdoctoral researchers launch cross-disciplinary projects that ask questions relating to the environment, health and education


Project Title: Examining the influence of fungal community composition and substrate chemistry on the soil carbon response to N fertilization.
Postdoctoral Researcher: Allison Gill
Faculty Advisors: Sarah Hobbie and Jonathan Schilling

Planting Curiosity

Elementary school teachers explore inquiry-based biology education at Itasca


PSI-MN 2017

Despite it being summer break, eleven Minnesota teachers opted to spend half of their June in the classroom studying Investigative Plant Biology at the University’s Itasca Biological Station.

BTL Seminar with Dr. Julia Svoboda Gouvea

Julia Svoboda GouveaCome to the April BTL research seminar led by featured speaker Dr. Julia Svoboda Gouvea of Tufts University. Dr. Svoboda Gouvea will lead a session on hybrid labs that integrate experiments and computer simulations to support reasoning about biological systems.

Retiring Rankings

When it comes to teaching the tree of life, a new study finds that descent with modification is the way to go.

During evolution units, the phrase, “King Phillip Came Over For Good Soup,” echoes from introductory biology classrooms. Instructors use this mnemonic device to drive home the levels of taxonomic classification — kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species.

Cotner Featured on 'Explore with Sven'

Sehoya Cotner, associate professor in the department of Biology Teaching and Learning was recently featured on KARE 11.

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard recently took a trip to the Galápagos Islands for his KARE 11 feature "Explore with Sven." Sehoya Cotner helped explain the unique biology of the Galápagos when he returned!

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