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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 -- 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

CBS People: Tori Lafky

This former student worker and CBS graduate has transitioned into a full-time role with the College

Tori Lafky

Where is your hometown?
Stockton, MN

Checking in With Dean Forbes - May 2019


This time of year is always a little bittersweet. The frenetic activity of April gives way to the quiet focus of finals week, and of course we will soon bid farewell to a class of newly minted graduates. Later this week well over 400 graduating seniors will walk across the stage at 3M Arena to the loud cheers of their peers, family and friends. It’s an inspiring and emotional experience for all. If you want a sense of the emotions evoked by this annual rite of passage, take a moment to watch this year’s commencement video.