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BIO - Spring 2012

Success at last!

Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of alumni, students, faculty and staff over several years, CBS finally has state funding for a new campus center at Itasca.

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Backyard biodiversity

The colorful diversity of garden flowers is beautiful this time of year, but these exotic ecosystems aren't as tough as their native counterparts. 

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Sex on six legs

New professor Marlene Zuk finds amusing human parallels in her research on how insects select and court mates.  

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The genomics of beer

Cheers to new Plant Biology Head Gary Muehlbauer, who studies the genomics of barley, and consequently, of beer. 

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Looking back

Retiring professor Alan Hooper reflects on nearly half a century of scientific and social change at the University of  Minnesota.

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Carpe diem

Timing, training and talent helped young alum Erin Satterwhite seize the day and move up the 3M career ladder.

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A scholar and a dancer

New Goldwater Scholar George Chao is used to winning, and not just at academics. He has dozens of trophies for ballroom dancing.

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Moving ahead

G.W. Gant Luxton is a rising star in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, where he is making progress against a disabling movement disorder. 

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From Chile to chilly

Graduate exchange student Jovan Kuzmicic traversed hemispheres to study lipid metabolism in Minnesota.

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The Biological Sciences Alumni Society (BSAS) is seeking volunteers who are alumni and/or friends of CBS to serve on the BSAS board. Interested? Contact Becca Brzezinski at


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