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Biology Colloquia

The Spring 2015 semester’s Biology Colloquium Series is still being firmed up. Speakers currently scheduled include:

Dr. Robert Pringle, of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. He will discuss “How species interactions govern the structure, functioning, and robustness of African savannas.” (Wed, 2/18, 11 am to noon, BIO Room 209)

Dr. Neal Overstrom, Director of the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at the Rhode island School of Design. (Fri, 4/10, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, SCP 101)

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Speakers for the Fall 2014 semester’s Biology Colloquium Series are being arranged. So far, they are:

Dr. John Jungck, of the University of Delaware. He is a co-founder of BioQuest, an organization dedicated to infusing inquiry into biology curricula, which will be the subject of his talk. His research focus is on molecular evolution, bioinformatics and image analysis. His talk is entitled, “Biological Insight from Morphogenesis to Morphospace: Computational Biological Visualization, Quantitative Image Analysis, and Exploring Complex Data” (Wed, 9/17 at 11 am in P-101)

Dr. Raj Vadigepalli of Thomas Jefferson University will speak on “Molecular regulation and cell phenotypes governing the multi-scale control of liver repair.” He will be introduced by Dr. Lisa Kozlowski, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs and Recruitment at Jefferson, who will speak about graduate school opportunities at the school. Accompanying them will be TCNJ alum Brian Corbett ’09 who is currently attending Jefferson. (Tues, 10/7 at 12:30 pm in P-101)

Dr. Dale Cameron of Ursinus College, speaking on “Rogue proteins or heritable molecular switches? The unfolding story of prions”. (Tues, 10/21 at 12:30 pm in P-101)

Dr. Emilie Snell-Rood, of the University of Minnesota, speaking on the evolutionary consequences of developmental plasticity and learning, particularly in insects. (Tues, 11/4, 12:30 pm in P-101)


Be sure to make every effort to attend these interesting talks.


Speakers for the Spring 2014 semester’s Biology Colloquium Series were:

Dr. Robert Pringle, of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, speaking on “Complex species interactions in savannas and on small islands” (Thursday, 2/13 at 11:30 in P-101);

Dr. Roger Hangarter, of the Department of Biology at Indiana University, speaking on the “Function and mechanisms of light-induced chloroplast movements in leaf cells” (Thursday, 2/27 at 11:30 in P-101);

Dr. Gregory J. Porreca, TCNJ Biology/Computer Science Class of 2002, and Founder and Vice President of Research and Technology at Good Start Genetics, Inc. in Cambridge, MA, speaking on “Developing DNA sequencing technology: from an idea to the clinic” (Thursday, 3/27 at 11:30 in P-101);

Dr. Michael Donoghue, of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, speaking on “Re-constructing past life and environments” (Thursday, 4/10 at 11:30 in P-101); and

Dr. Sybil Gotsch, of the Department of Biology at Franklin and Marshall College, speaking on “Life in the treetops: Ecophysiological strategies of eriphytes in a tropical montane cloud forest” (Thursday, 4/17 at 11:30 in P-101).