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Petri Dish: Trust Issues

Science is having a moment as the world looks to researchers to come to the rescue with COVID-19 treatments and, eventually, a vaccine. But this pandemic has exposed the tension between how science actually works and a public eager for immediate reassurance. While scientists around the world are working 24/7 to understand the coronavirus and share what they are learning as quickly as possible, the rush to publish may ultimately undermine scientific credibility as members of the media and others use provisional results to feed various narratives about the disease.

Community Health Initiative (CHI) Undergraduate Scholarship

The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship, sponsored by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (OBCED) with funding from Medica, supports full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a health-related career and who show academic promise and financial need. Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus and must demonstrate maturity, adaptability, and respect for diversity and other cultures. The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship is administered by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE).

Checking in With Dean Forbes - May 2020


This spring is unlike any other we’ve experienced as a College to be sure, and much uncertainty remains as we plan and prepare for the future. Individually and collectively, we’ve navigated tremendous upheaval and continue to do so. But in the midst of it all, the CBS community continues to rise to the challenge and celebrate important milestones. Here are a few examples.

From New Jersey to the Northwoods

Russell Rothman made his way to Minnesota to study wolves and now he makes sure other graduate students can pursue their research goals.

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“I know how important it is to be able to initiate the research with a little help," says Rothman, pictured with his dogs.

Answering the Call

Mary Kemen doesn't shy away from putting her medical training to use in difficult circumstances, including traveling to New York City to treat COVID-19 patients. 


Mary Kemen (BS Botany ’78, BS Biochemistry ’79, MD ’84) spent more than two weeks in April at a hospital on Long Island, N.Y., where 90 of the 400 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care. With elective procedures on hold at the hospital where she works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the anesthesiologist had time to volunteer. 

Four GCD Seniors Named to Phi Beta Kappa

Four graduating seniors majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development were welcomed as members of Phi Beta Kappa this year. The graduates named to the society include:

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2020 Teaching Assistant Award Winners Announced

The College recognizes four teaching assistants for their work in the classroom and lab with the 2020 Outstanding TA Award.


The College of Biological Sciences is proud to announce four recipients for its annual Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2020. The award is given to teaching assistants who have shown excellence in teaching or other forms of instruction that enhance the educational experience of students in the College. This year’s recipients are:

2020 GCD Pre-Commencement Celebration Reception

GCD plans to host a Pre-Commencement Reception to celebrate GCD graduates, together with their families, friends and other supporters, just prior to CBS graduation. This year, the department is planning an online celebration, dates and times to be determined soon. GCD faculty are looking forward to seeing you there and celebrating your achievements! Please help make the event a success by submitting the following to make sure that your supporters see slide(s) of you!