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Here you will find a collection of profiles and updates for and about staff in the College of Biological Sciences.

Checking in With Dean Forbes - February 2020

The College’s field stations are vital to our research, education and outreach mission. Faculty and staff at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories do incredible work. Two recent productions capture a bit of the magic of these unique places. 

Changes to the CBS performance review process

The new performance management process is designed to encourage regular performance check-in meetings with your supervisor and will provide you with the training and resources you need to engage in meaningful conversations about your professional development. Additionally, the new process focuses on shared goal-setting and individual accomplishments rather than rated competencies. Supervisors will rate overall performance on a 3-point scale. New Performance management forms (for reviewing civil service, bargaining unit, and P&A staff):

Checking in With Dean Forbes -- December 2019


I spent part of last week with about 90 other biologists at a meeting in Atlanta on Reintegrating Biology hosted by the National Science Foundation. It was one of three parallel “jumpstart” meetings happening around the country and online.  We were asked to think about big questions in biology such as: Is there a universal theoretical framework to understand robustness and resilience? How does life persist despite constant change? How can artificial intelligence be utilized to advance biology? and so on.

CBS People: Tony Och

This CBS academic advisor enjoys the relationship building essential in his day-to-day work. 


Tony OchHow long have you been at the University of Minnesota?
I started in CBS in February 2019. 

The Science Behind the Movie: The Lion King

What’s fact and what’s fiction in new live-action Lion King? 

Come find out! CBS Student Services invites CBS students, faculty and staff, join us for a screening of The Lion King (2019) followed by a discussion led by former University of Minnesota Lion Center researcher Dr. Anna Mosser.

Event Details
Thursday, November 21
5:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union

No RSVP required.

Checking in With Dean Forbes -Summer 2019


We just wrapped up the last session of Nature of Life at Itasca, which means the new semester isn’t far off. The end of NOL brings with it the departure of Abby Connover, longtime coordinator of our Nature of Life program both at Itasca and back on campus, as well as leader of the CBS Guilds. Everyone who knows Abby understands what an incredible contribution she has made in this role, and we are grateful for her service to the College.

CBS People: Keegan Carda

Advancement Associate Keegan Cardas share what drew him to his new role and his favorite way to spend a day in the Twin Cities 


Keegan CardaWhere is your hometown?
Sioux Falls, South Dakota