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Nominations Open for 2021 CBS Alumni Awards

College of Biological Sciences graduates go on to do great things in healthcare, industry, education and many other fields. We think our grads deserve accolades for their efforts. CBS alumni, faculty, staff and students are eligible to participate. Learn about past recipients here.

Fresh forays into fly vision

Flies in the lab get a color TV while researchers watch their neurons fire. Researchers at the UMN devise a new set up to get a deeper look at how flies see color. 

Fly eyes play an important role in picking up information about the world around them, finding food and avoiding danger. But before this information can become useful, neural circuits in the brain need to simplify and extract the important components. Within milliseconds these little insects make complex decisions about where to turn, what to eat and what to avoid. 

A tale of stress and broken hearts

Researchers found that stress is a risk factor for a fatal muscle disease that may cause a decline of patients' health due to heart failure.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a fatal muscle wasting disease that affects 1 in 3,500 boys, totaling 620 baby boys born each year in the US.

Alumni Insights | A healthy interest in healthcare - Careers in medicine

If you are thinking about applying to medical or professional school this is the session for you. CBS alumni in healthcare careers will provide their insights about the best way to position yourself for medical and professional school, the application process and what to expect in medical school and as a working physician.

Event Details

Wednesday, Mar. 3
4 - 5 p.m. CT via Zoom
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Alumni Insights | Feeling industrious? Careers in biotechnology and biomedical fields

CBS alumni in a variety of industry roles will offer their take on how to use your degree in biotechnology and biomedical fields. Whether you are interested in entrepreneurship and startups or a career at an established company, this is the session for you. Hear about their professional paths and ask your questions!

Event Details

Wednesday, Feb. 24
4 - 5 p.m. CT via Zoom
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Alumni Insights | Beyond a B.S. - Graduate and professional school

Interested in applying to graduate or professional school? Join CBS alums who are current students or recent alums! They will share their insights and answer your questions about the application process and navigating your next phase of your education. 

Event Details

Wednesday, Feb. 10
4 - 5 p.m. CT
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Alumni Insights | An Eye on the Environment - Careers to protect the planet 

CBS alumni in a variety of roles relating to the environment will offer their take on how to leverage your degree in a career focused on policy, conservation, and other areas. Hear about their professional paths and ask your questions!

Event Details

Wednesday, Feb. 3
4 - 5 p.m. CT via Zoom
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