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Mission: To improve human welfare and global conditions by advancing knowledge of the mechanisms of life through breakthrough discoveries and to prepare today's students to create the biology of tomorrow.

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CBS Pre-Health Career Week | Whether you plan to work in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, public health, policy or beyond,...
10/12/2020

CBS Pre-Health Career Week | Whether you plan to work in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, public health, policy or beyond, join for events this week. Network with CBS alumni, get tips on your application and explore different careers. Learn more and RSVP for events at z.umn.edu/cbs-pre-health-week

Meet the Market Scientists | Jill Ekar is a researcher with the Brandvain lab and frequent Market Science volunteer. She...
10/08/2020

Meet the Market Scientists | Jill Ekar is a researcher with the Brandvain lab and frequent Market Science volunteer. She works at the intersection of two CBS departments: Plant Biological Sciences and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Her project aims to domesticate perennial sunflowers, reducing their need for soil and water, which will reduce carbon inputs in the face of climate change.

Jill teamed up with @marketsci to help you learn about evolution and genetics. Watch her music video on evolution and learn fun facts about hybrid animals. She also shares her journey as a first-gen student. Check out her content and learn more about Jill at https://z.umn.edu/MS-featured-scientists.

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Alt text: Image of Jill Ekar with these points: She works at the intersection of plant evolution and genetics. Her project aims to domesticate perennial sunflowers, which will help reduce the need for water and soil. She's a first-gen college student and wants to help other first-gen students achieve their goals. She created a music video to teach you about evolution.

Tune in for an engaging conversation with Assistant Professors Trinity Hamilton + Kate Adamala on Oct 21 about life at t...
10/06/2020

Tune in for an engaging conversation with Assistant Professors Trinity Hamilton + Kate Adamala on Oct 21 about life at the extremes — both in out there places and artificial life made in the lab. Co-organized by CBS and the Bell Museum. Held via zoom. No cost to attend. Open to all. Sign up for Zoom link at z.umn.edu/life-gets-weird

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Oct 21 | 4-5 p.m. CT
Probable Meets Possible: When life gets weird
Research on extremophiles (microbes that live in extreme conditions) and synthetic cells (artificial life forms made from scratch in the lab), provide unique takes on life that may shed important insights into space travel and extraterrestrial life.
Assistant Professor Trinity Hamilton and Kate Adamala will share their insights.

Some visitors — including Vice President for Research Chris Cramer — recently stopped by Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science R...
10/06/2020

Some visitors — including Vice President for Research Chris Cramer — recently stopped by Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve for a physically-distanced / masked tour. Much to see this time as experiments are winding down their busy summer field seasons. #UMNproud

Lead researchers recently hosted the U of M's Vice President for Research, Chris Cramer, for a masked and distanced research tour. Always wonderful to share our science, especially on days with beautiful weather!

Catch up with happenings at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve with Field Notes Also, don't miss out on this great fe...
10/02/2020

Catch up with happenings at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve with Field Notes

Also, don't miss out on this great feature with exquisite photos, videos and more ➡️ twin-cities.umn.edu/news-events/cedar-creek

Fall 2020 newsletter is out! Click the link to see the current issue as well as back issues, and learn about what's going on at Cedar Creek in these unusual times.
https://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/FieldNotes

Starting this summer, Market Science has featured scientists and labs from the CBS community by sharing videos, activiti...
10/01/2020

Starting this summer, Market Science has featured scientists and labs from the CBS community by sharing videos, activities, and stories created by the scientists about their research. Each week, we’ll highlight the work of Market Science and their spotlight scientists. Stay tuned next week for our first post!

You can check out Market Science's content through the links below:
Website: https://marketsci.org/featured-scientists/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marketsci
YouTube: z.umn.edu/CBSImpactExchangeYT

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Alt text: Picture of nine market scientists with a quote by Director of Outreach at CBS, Seth Thompson:
"Market Science has always been about connecting people. It brings scientists into communities to share stories and start conversations. We wanted to stay true to the mission even as we are unable to connect person. That is why we launched the featured scientist series. It tells stories of CBS researchers and humanizes science in ways that people can relate to."

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve reminds us to look down this fall too!
09/30/2020

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve reminds us to look down this fall too!

Fall colors in the peat bog! Pitcher plants (filled up with rain water) and sphagnum moss.

This fall, a group of faculty and TAs are working to identify practices and set goals that support anti-racist approache...
09/24/2020

This fall, a group of faculty and TAs are working to identify practices and set goals that support anti-racist approaches to teaching. Culturally Responsive Undergraduate Science Education (CRUSE) is led by Hillary Barron, a postdoc in Assistant Professor Sehoya Cotner's Lab.

A core tenet of culturally responsive teaching is recognizing the different types of knowledge that students walk into the classroom with. For instance, asking students to share methods that their families preserve food might kick off a semester-long microbiology lab on fermentation.

Learn more ➡️ https://buff.ly/3mXBKOX #UMNproud

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“Effective science teaching does not only mean sharing content, developing critical thinking, or engaging students in research. It is centering the experiences of people who have been historically excluded and marginalized.”
Hillary Barron, Postdoc in Biology Teaching and Learning

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
09/23/2020

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Tonight is the September meeting of our Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club! Join in at z.umn.edu/bookclubonline (password: Bookclub2020) at 6:30pm for our Entangled Life book club meeting. No need to have finished the book (or even started!) to participate in the discussion, and no science background necessary. Hope to see you there!

Meet CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | Closing out our GCB series is Alumnus Courtney Passow explored the mecha...
09/23/2020

Meet CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | Closing out our GCB series is Alumnus Courtney Passow explored the mechanisms that enable animals to adjust to rapidly changing conditions and extreme environments She worked with CBS researchers Suzanne McGaugh (conservation and population genetics) + Peter Tiffin (plant population and molecular genetics). Read more at z.umn.edu/GCB-in-progress.

As we close out our GCB series, we'd like to remind everyone that this week is postoc appreciation week! Be sure to thank any postdocs you know for their hard work and contributions.

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Alt text: Picture of GCB Alumnus Courtney Passow with the words: "GCB provided me an opportunity to garner experience in disparate fields and work with other labs across the US. I decided to pursue a career in industry and my current work is influenced by experiences in GCD. Because of this program, I can work easily with scientists in other universities and different industries.”

As we close out our GCB series, we'd like to remind everyone that this week is postoc appreciation week! Be sure to thank any postdocs you know for their hard work and contributions.

Peek into Black birders week with Simone Maddox, a second year PhD student in EEB. Maddox participated in June and share...
09/16/2020

Peek into Black birders week with Simone Maddox, a second year PhD student in EEB. Maddox participated in June and shared her insights into the experience.

Simone Maddox is a member of Associate Professor Keith Barker’s lab. Maddox also works closely with Professor Sharon Jansa and Associate Professor and Breckenridge Chair of Ornithology for the Bell Museum Sushma Reddy, dubbing the three groups, a “supergroup.”

Read the full Q&A here ➡️ https://buff.ly/2E5NqgH

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Q What inspired you to participate in Black Birders Week?
A The days and weeks that followed Memorial Day, I was acutely aware of how weird it was to be a Black birder in Minnesota. I felt like this week gave me a platform and a moment to just speak to that. Representation is so important. And I love my lab group so I also wanted to celebrate them.

Simone Maddox | 2nd year PhD student in EEB

Meet CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | GCB Alumnus Ana Morales-Williams investigated the impacts of biodiversit...
09/16/2020

Meet CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | GCB Alumnus Ana Morales-Williams investigated the impacts of biodiversity loss on important communities across various ecosystems. James Cotner (microbial and biogeochemical ecology) and Cody Sheik (geomicrobiology, molecular biology), from CBS and Duluth Large Lakes Observatory, respectively. Read more at z.umn.edu/GCB-in-progress.

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Alt text: Picture of Ana Morales-Williams with the words" “The GCB program had an enormous impact on how I approach science. I now appreciate that integrating multiple perspectives and frameworks is the only way we will be able to address the grand challenges. Participation in the GCB program has influenced my current research program, which addresses the functional response of lakes to anthropogenic pressure at local and global scales.”

The first fall meeting for the CBS Affinity Group for Black Students, Indigenous Students, and Students of Color is TODA...
09/15/2020

The first fall meeting for the CBS Affinity Group for Black Students, Indigenous Students, and Students of Color is TODAY, Tuesday Sept 15, from 12 - 1 p.m. CT via Zoom. For more info and the Zoom link go to z.umn.edu/affinitygroupforbipoc

In Fall 2020, the group will meet via Zoom 12-1 p.m. CT on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Students are encouraged to attend as their schedule allows.

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First fall meeting today, Tuesday Sept 15, 12-1 p.m. CT via Zoom. Sign up for link and explore more affinity groups at z.umn.edu/CBS-affinity-groups

CBSelfie with Alex Rich | Alex advocates for students’ mental health and serves on the CBS Student Board and Boynton’s d...
09/11/2020

CBSelfie with Alex Rich | Alex advocates for students’ mental health and serves on the CBS Student Board and Boynton’s de-stress program. Read more about Alex’s work ➡️https://buff.ly/2FuLEpD

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I’m the coordinator of Boynton’s de-stress program. I present to student and staff groups about stress management, work to promote mental wellness on campus, manage our peer-led stress check-ins, and write the weekly de-stress digest. This includes tips and tricks, resources, and local events related to stress management.

Alex Rich
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Major: Neuroscience
Minors: Health Psychology, Behavioral Biology

CBS student services is here for undergrads! For the 5 weeks of the semester, advising will have drop-in hours in both t...
09/10/2020
CBS Student Services | College of Biological Sciences

CBS student services is here for undergrads! For the 5 weeks of the semester, advising will have drop-in hours in both the morning and afternoon via Zoom. Staff are excited to increase drop-in hours to help students get off to a great start to the semester. View the schedule ➡️

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CBS Student Services is operating remotely.
Staff are available via e-mail and for scheduled and drop-in appointments via Zoom and phone.

CBS Student Services is still here for you!If you have any questions or needs related to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Updates and Resources page. Your college experience may currently be different than expected, but our team is still available and excited to support you.

Meet the CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | GCB alumnus Heath Blackmon studied the forces acting on sex chromoso...
09/09/2020

Meet the CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | GCB alumnus Heath Blackmon studied the forces acting on sex chromosomes to understand how genomes evolve and can lead to disorders. He worked with CBS researchers @yanivbrandvain + David Zarkower. Read more at z.umn.edu/GCB-in-progress.

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Alt text: Picture of Heath Blackmon with the text: “As a GCB postdoc, I learned how to be an independent scientist. Interactions with diverse faculty prepared me for collaborations with diverse groups. These interactions were excellent preparation for my current position, where I collaborate with scientists across a broad range of biology subdisciplines."

Eat your lunch and learn about fungi! Virtual Lunch with a Scientist today with Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
09/08/2020

Eat your lunch and learn about fungi! Virtual Lunch with a Scientist today with Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Join us in a couple of hours for our September Lunch with a Scientist, featuring fungi expert Dr. Peter Kennedy! Register at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. Free and aimed at adults.

Exciting news! A $12.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant is establishing the Biology Integration Institute...
09/03/2020

Exciting news! A $12.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant is establishing the Biology Integration Institute (BII) based on the Twin Cities Campus. EEB Professor Jeannine Cavender-Bares is the Director.

The goal of the institute is to revolutionize how the world understands the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss.

The image shows a bird’s eye view of a field at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. The hyperspectral image gives scientists a wealth of information about the plants below, leveraging the way light interacts with plants to learn about their chemistry, structure and function.

UMN researchers are partnering with researchers at UW-Madison. Learn more about the work and other researchers involved ➡️ https://twin-cities.umn.edu/news-events/u-m-awarded-125-million-create-new-institute-further-understanding-impact-biodiversity

#UMNProud

Meet CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | Sudipta Shaw examines the rapid decline of phosphorus — a critical resou...
09/02/2020

Meet CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | Sudipta Shaw examines the rapid decline of phosphorus — a critical resource — and subsequent decline of water quality. Shaw works with Mikael Elias and Bo Hu from CBS and the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Sciences respectively. Read more at z.umn.edu/GCB-in-progress.

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Alt text: Picture of Sudipta Shaw with the words: “Interdisciplinary research tackles a problem from various angles and drives forward the field faster much faster than if we used a single-sided approach. I am drawn to solving problems that can benefit society as a whole, and collaborative approaches are the best way to tackle them.”

Celebrate national mushroom month with Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve!
09/01/2020

Celebrate national mushroom month with Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve!

September is National Mushroom Month! To celebrate, we invite you to two online events focused on fungi: Dr. Peter Kennedy's Lunch with a Scientist presentation on September 8th, and the Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club's Entangled Life book club meeting on September 23rd. Hope you can join us at one or both!

The NOL shirt debuts looked different this year as students are receiving them via snail mail. But we would still love t...
08/27/2020

The NOL shirt debuts looked different this year as students are receiving them via snail mail. But we would still love to see your NOL shirt pride! Share your #NOLselfie with us using #umncbs or tag us!

It’s national dog day and CBS coworkers/study buddies sported their favorite NOL shirts. Incoming CBS students, where ar...
08/26/2020

It’s national dog day and CBS coworkers/study buddies sported their favorite NOL shirts. Incoming CBS students, where are your NOL shirts? Share them with us when they arrive! Returning students and alums, show off your NOL shirt. Tag @umncbs or #umncbs

Meet CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | Caitlin Looby quantifies the movement of carbon in tropical rainforests ...
08/26/2020

Meet CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | Caitlin Looby quantifies the movement of carbon in tropical rainforests during changing climate conditions. She works with Jennifer Powers and Jessica Gutknecht from CBS and the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Sciences respectively. Read more at z.umn.edu/GCB-in-progress.

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Alt text: Picture of Caitlin Looby with the words: "“The project cross scales from molecules to ecosystems by using molecular methodologies to identify plant roots from soils. This information will provide a mechanistic understanding of how a certain plant group, known as lianas, may affect the carbon balance in tropical dry forests. These mechanisms will help inform global climate models.”

Packing up masks today. Keep your eyes peeled! Students, make sure your address is up to date on your University account...
08/20/2020

Packing up masks today. Keep your eyes peeled! Students, make sure your address is up to date on your University account.

Meet CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | Katie LeBarbera develops computer simulations and models to study how an...
08/19/2020

Meet CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs | Katie LeBarbera develops computer simulations and models to study how animals process information to identify risks, locate food, and evaluate potential mates. She works with @UMNFroglab + Maria Gini (@UMNCSE) + @nelso477 (@umncla). Read more at z.umn.edu/GCB-in-progress.

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Alt text: Picture of Katie LeBarbera with the words: “I liked GCB’s goal of using interdisciplinary approaches to tackle big problems, and how that encourages creative thinking and ambitious projects. I have been pleasantly surprised at how open people are to collaborate with someone without a lot of background in their field."

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior graduate students are excited to announce Field Guides. If you’re a PMB or EEB student, ...
08/17/2020

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior graduate students are excited to announce Field Guides. If you’re a PMB or EEB student, you’re a great fit!

The program provides two types of opportunities for undergraduate students: (1) Mentor-mentee partnerships — Get paired with a current graduate student in ecology, evolution, and behavior or related fields, and (2) Events — Seminars and professional development workshops throughout the semester. Signup and learn more at https://z.umn.edu/FieldGuides (link in bio)

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