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CBS launches BIO-DIVERSITY brown bag series

Does the gender of scientists matter? How does who you are affect what you study? What’s diversity got to do with teaching biology? Professors Marlene Zuk and Sehoya Cotner, and post-doctoral researcher Jeremy Yoder will give short presentations followed by informal discussion on topics at the intersection of science and diversity. Learn more


SEPT 24: Does the gender of scientists matter?

Professor Marlene Zuk talks about the ways that men and women scientists differ in their career paths and how they are perceived. 350 VoTech (IonE’s Commons) | St. Paul | noon Learn more

OCT 9: LGBT Admissions Fair

The LGBT Admissions Fair allows students and their families the opportunity to interact with LGBT organizations and departments on campus, while exploring the multitude of services offered at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. More information

OCT. 15 How does who you are affect what you study?

Post-doctoral researcher Jeremy Yoder talks about his recent study of the impact of LGBTQ identity on scientific careers.
Jackson Hall 6-135 | East Bank | noon  Learn more

OCT 19: Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees Laboratory

An event designed to inform and motivate students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields to understand the imporance of a graduate degreee. Science Teaching & Student Services Bldg | East Bank  More information

NOV. 1: What’s diversity got to do with teaching biology?

Biology professor Sehoya Cotner explores how she integrates equity and diversity in intro biology classes.
LOCATION: Jackson Hall 6-135 | East Bank | noon Learn more

NOV 15: Under the Lens - Questioning the Culture of Science

Part of the Office for Equity and Diversity's Critical Conversations series, this panel-led conversation explores the concept of “privilege” in the sciences; the roles and rights of those being studied - and for what purposes; as well as ethical questions about research topics. More information

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CBS diversity group receives 2013 Transofrmation Award

The CBS Diversity Collaborative, a small grassroots group of CBS faculty, staff and graduate students, has received a University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Transformation Award for its proposal titled “Fostering a Self-Reflective Community.” The award will allow the college to build on a collaboration with Twin Cities-based photographer Wing Young Huie, who has explored issues of identity in his work over decades. So far, CBS has hosted two workshops with Huie — one with CBS Dean’s Scholars last spring and one with a small group of faculty and Student Services staff this fall. Check out photos from the Dean's Scholars workshop.

Full house for inaugural Sci/Spark 5-minute science event

More than 40 participants and presenters gathered in St. Paul November 19 for the inaugural sci/spark 5-minute science event sponsored by CBS, CFANS and MN Queer Science. Presenters associated with CBS included Daniel Nidzgorski, who also organized and hosted the event, Judd Hultquist and Mohamed Yakub. Topics ranged from HIV lethal mutagenesis to invasive species.

CBS SEED Award winner talks about health disaparities

Hai Nguyen-Tran (left) received a 2012 President's SEED Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement for her work with the student group Circle of Giving, which focuses on addressing health disparities, and involvement in Minnesota's Future Doctors and the Center for Health Equity Undergraduate Research Program. Read the Q&A

Biology Program's Sehoya Cotner on science, gender

Check out a short video featuring Sehoya Cotner, who was recognized for her efforts to make the U more inclusive for GLBT students with a 2012 GLBTA Leadership Award, talks about introducing a social justice component to her introductory biology courses around the topic of gender. Watch the video