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Micro Maven

Kip Thacker discovered a deep interest in microbiology as an undergraduate and used it as a springboard for a successful career in business.

When Kip Thacker (B.S. Microbiology, ’76; Ph.D. Microbiology, ’84) enrolled in the University of Minnesota in fall 1973, he had planned to take courses with the aim of attending medical school after graduation.

Finding a Home in CBS

Cheryl Quinn and Bob Buck met as College of Biological Sciences undergraduates and continue to stay connected through philanthropy and volunteering.

The College of Biological Sciences has changed since CBS Steering Committee members Cheryl Quinn (BS Biochemistry and Microbiology ’85) and Robert Buck (BS Biology ’82) were accepted to

Supporting Generations of CBS Students

An unexpected tragedy inspired Dave and Mary Loveless to create a memorial scholarship for their son more than three decades ago, and they've continued to support CBS students ever since.


Dave and Mary Loveless at their son Michael's graduation from the University of Minnesota.

Mary Loveless keeps two large scrapbooks filled w

Probable Meets Possible Spring 2020

The College of Biological Sciences and the Bell Museum recently wrapped up a three-part series titled Probable Meets Possible this spring. The series brought scientists from across the University shared their thoughts on the probable challenges we face and possible advances that could have a profound impact on the future. Watch the discussions below.

2020 Itasca Research Internship Program awarded to Logan Stech from White Earth Reservation

Itasca Research Internship Program welcomes high school intern this July.

Logan Stech has been named the 2020 high school intern for the Itasca Research Internship Program that is for a student of the White Earth Reservation. He will be part of three-week internship in July 2020 working with Jessica Gutierrez, Scientist and graduate student in Ecology, Evolution and Biology at the University of Connecticut.

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.