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Research Brief: Glimpse Into Ancient Hunting Strategies of Dragonflies and Damselflies


Dragonflies and damselflies are animals that may appear gentle, but are — in fact — ancient hunters. The closely related insects shared an ancestor over 250 million years ago — long before dinosaurs — and provide a glimpse into how an ancient neural system controlled precise and swift aerial assaults.

Research Brief: 3D Movies Reveal How Cuttlefish Determine Distance When Striking at Prey


While cuttlefish wearing glasses is an unexpected sight, a University of Minnesota-led research team built an underwater theater and equipped the cephalopods with specialized 3D glasses to investigate how cuttlefish determine the best distance to strike moving prey. Their research revealed cuttlefish use stereopsis to perceive depth when hunting a moving target.

Scientist Buddies on Screen

The College’s InSciEd Out program connects K-12 students with undergraduate mentors online

At this point in the spring semester, undergraduate volunteers with the College’s InSciEd Out program would typically be helping students from classrooms around the Twin Cities prepare poster presentations to share results from the science experiments they had conducted throughout the year. Some of the approximately 2,000 students from 9 schools around the metro that participate in the program each year would be planning a trip to the St.

A Virtual Visit

With spring field trips curtailed, the field station goes all out to provide K-12 students with resources

Checking in With Dean Forbes - April 2020

It would be difficult to overstate the impact of this pandemic on how we fulfill each part of our mission including education, research and outreach. Feelings of dislocation and disappointment are to be expected, but despite personal and professional challenges, this community has risen to the occasion in ways large and small. We have demonstrated great resilience and adapted to dramatically changed circumstances with creativity. I want to share a few of the many examples.

Summer 2020 Course: Toward Conquest of Disease

Offered in summer, BIOL 3700, section 001

Professor Clarence Lehman

This course takes a broad view of disease — ecological, social, and medical. As a part, we will track and project the COVID-19 pandemic in real-time. The focus is inspired by William Foege’s observation that we conquered smallpox because we adapted faster than the pathogen. Pathogens must adapt biologically, we adapt behaviorally and technologically. Thus we overcome. 

Get an introduction to computing in biology this fall

Consider registering for Introduction to Computing in Biology (CSci 3003) this fall. You do NOT need any experience programming.

Meeting Times

Lectures: T/Th 2:30-3:45pm

Weekly Lab sessions: Fri 9:05‐11:00am, Fri 11:15am-1:10pm, OR Fri 1:25‐3:30pm

Explore careers in biology and take Biology Colloquium (BIOL 1020) during Fall 2020

Get serious about career exploration. Connect with faculty research, learn about opportunities in industry and healthcare, and gain leadership experience in this student-run course. Register for BIOL 1020! Learn more about the course.

“Biology Colloquium is one credit you will never forget. There is no better way to jumpstart your future career!”

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Call for Nominations: Outstanding Performance Award for Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants in CBS courses (undergraduate and graduate) help make courses run. Please complete the nomination form if you would like to nominate your teaching assistant. Those who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or other instructional activities that enhance the educational experience at the U of M are eligible for the annual CBS Outstanding Performance Award for Teaching Assistants.