CBS recently selected three alumni making significant impacts in their careers and their communities for the College’s annual alumni awards. Robert Desnick and Angela Trepanier received the CBS Alumni Achievement Award, and Kimberly VanderWaal received the CBS Emerging Leader Award, an award for alumni who graduated within the last 10 years. Since graduating from CBS, all three have made lasting impacts in higher education across the country in areas relating to genetic counseling, veterinary medicine and genetic diseases.
In a time when our differences so often foster conflict, misunderstanding, and divisiveness, Melat Weldeselasie takes a decidedly different approach.
What are you most excited about at the moment?
I'm excited about our new Cellular and Organismal Physiology major. The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved the new major in February at its most recent meeting. The major will cover the physiology of all major organism groups — microbes, plants, animals, humans — and include the evolutionary underpinnings of organismal physiology. More information is coming, but the new major is going to be available to our undergraduates beginning this fall.
Lesley Knoll, station biologist at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, is taking her love of photography and science to the world of social media. She recently launched the #lake365 project. The goal: to take a photo of Lake Itasca from the same spot each day for a year.