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Faculty in the College of Biological Sciences conduct research on a broad range of subjects, from molecules to ecosystems, and make discoveries that improve human health, restore the environment, provide new sources of renewable energy and enhance agriculture. Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about CBS faculty.

March for Science

The CBS Student Board welcomes students, faculty, staff and supporters to the March for Science Minnesota on April 22, 2017. The Student Board will facilitate pre-march meet up points on the East Bank campus (for those who would like to travel together via light-rail to the march) and in St. Paul near the march starting point.

Checking in with Dean Forbes - April 2017

A monthly Q&A With College of Biological Sciences Dean Valery Forbes.

What are you most excited about at the moment?

I am thrilled about the wave of recognition for our outstanding faculty.

UNOLS Great Lakes Chief Scientist Training Cruises

New to planning shipboard field work?  Wondering how to request research vessel time, or specific pieces of equipment? Need samples or data to initiate a research project? If so, take part in the “2017 UNOLS Great Lakes Chief Scientist Training Cruise.” This cruise and pre-cruise information workshop will instruct early career marine scientists (including Ph.D. students, post docs and first or second year faculty members) on how to effectively plan for, acquire, and utilize time at sea for multi-disciplinary research and education.

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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Worth Their Teaching Weight in Gold

CBS Student Board honors faculty making big impacts in undergraduate research and education.

The CBS Student Board hosted the annual Golden Pipette Awards March 2 at TCF Bank Stadium, honoring faculty who make major impacts on undergraduates in the college. From most engaging to best academic mentor and CBS Super Fan, the Student Board and students in the college noted some of the faculty that make a difference for them. The 2017 Golden Pipette winners are:

Checking in with Dean Forbes - March 2017

A monthly Q&A with College of Biological Sciences Dean Valery Forbes.


What are you most excited about at the moment?

We welcomed a capacity crowd of nearly 650 people — 230 prospective students and their families — to the CBS Dean’s Reception last week. For those who haven’t been to one, the event is designed to give prospective students and their families a closer look into the undergraduate student experience in CBS as they prepare to choose a college. It was wonderful to see the energy and interest.