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Fostering future scientists

Volunteers guided first and second grade students through a morning of hands-on STEM activities during the inaugural STEM Day.

students learn about insect life cycles at STEM day

For two hours, students met tarantulas, served as citizen scientists for Eyes on the Wild and sketched out insect life cycles, to name just a

Checking in With Dean Forbes - January 2020

I hope your winter break provided an opportunity to recharge and prepare for the semester ahead. Spring is always a busy time, and this year is no exception. The Dean’s Office kicked off 2020 with a half-day retreat focusing on the future of biology education and research. It was a great opportunity to draw on the collective experience and wisdom of our associate deans, department heads, and post-doc, graduate and undergraduate representatives as we think about where we are and where we want to go as a College. 

Spring 2020 Petri Dish Series

Petri Dish Spring 2020

March 4 

Clearing the air around Cannabis

Cannabis has been classified as a controlled substance under federal law since 1970. The plant’s outlaw status hampered research and disrupted cultivation of Cannabis used for hemp fiber.

Here, there and everywhere

The Conservatory gets plants from across town and across the globe. 

With over 1,800 species of plants in the collection, one of the more common questions we are asked is “Where do you get all of your plants?” It’s a great question when presented with the scope of diversity in the Conservatory. My short answer is that we get plants from “everywhere.”