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The Nature of Life Series helps CBS undergraduate students build community, create connections, and develop the skills, self-awareness, and habits of mind that research shows contribute to success in college and beyond. Here you will find a collection of news and updates regarding the program.

Longtime Director of Itasca Retires

CBS Professor and Director of Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories Dave Biesboer to retire at the end of 2017.

Dave Biesboer at Itasca in the field with a group of students at Nature of Life.


Get ready for NOL@Itasca summer 2017! During NOL @ Itasca, students participate in intensive field/lab experience modules, each of which is taught by a faculty member with 10-12 student participants. Session one for 2017 starts July 6! Get more info about NOL@Itasca on the Nature of Life section of the CBS website. 

Reading for Research

New publication focused on integrating research into the undergraduate experience cites the college’s Nature of Life and Foundations of Biology courses.

Nature of Life Research 2015

CBS student take measurements during Nature of Life at Itasca.