The Spring 2020 Biology Colloquia will start off with TCNJ Alum Dr. Michael Verzi, Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at Rutgers University, speaking on “Regulatory mechanisms of intestinal homeostasis and disease,” on Friday, February 28, at 12:30 in P-101.
Other Spring 2020 Biology Colloquium dates and speakers include:
March 27 – Dr. Kerry Reid of Stony Brook University
April 10 – Dr. Christopher Nomura, of SUNY-ESF
Our first Fall 2019 Biology Colloquium seminar for the semester will be Friday, Sept. 13, at 12:30 in P-101. Dr. Murli Manohar, a Senior Research Associate at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, will present on “Uncovering the role of soil metabolites in plant defense”.
Other Fall 2019 Biology Colloquium dates:
On Friday, October 11 at 12:30 in P-101, we will welcome back two biology alums! Ms. Jen Aleman, ’14, now of the University of Pennsylvania, will present on “Nucleoporin Megator controls transcriptional output of the male X chromosome through the MSL complex.” And Ms. Letitia Thompson, ’14, currently at NYU, will present on “Regulation of Human Cytomegalovirus Reproduction by Host Translation Initiation Factors.”
Friday, November 8 at 12:30 in P-101, we welcome … the Holy Grail! Well, more precisely, Dr. John Baker of Clark University, speaking on the topic of “The search for the Holy Grail: an examination into the relationship between offspring size and maternal size.” You won’t want to miss this interesting talk.
The Spring 2019 Biology Colloquium Series kicks off on Friday, February 8 when Dr. Paul Jivoff speaks on the “Human impacts on blue crabs in Barnegat Bay.” Dr. Jivoff is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences at Rider University. All Bio Colloquia are held Fridays, 12:30 – 1:30 in P101.
Other Spring 2019 Biology Colloquium dates:
Feb 22 – Mr. Benjamin Corb, Director of Public Affairs for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will speak.
Mar 8 – Dr. Craig Lowe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University, will speak on “Copy number variation in vertebrate evolution and human disease.”
Apr 26 – Dr. Lena Struwe, Professor in the departments of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, and Plant Biology at Rutgers University, will speak about “The love and hate of dandelions: the biological background for their symbolism in contemporary society.”
Other upcoming presentations:
Tuesday, April 23, 12:30 – 1:30 pm in P101, our own Jeffery Erickson, PhD presents on “Using Pet-1 knockout mice as a model for human SIDS: Potential rewards and experimental challenges” during the School of Science Multidisciplinary Colloquium series.
Tuesday, April 30, at 12:30 pm in Bio 209, Matthew Fertakos (’19) presents a departmental seminar on the topic of his senior honors thesis, “The power of herbarium specimens: An exploration in species distribution modeling and phenology.”
Friday, May 10, at 12:30 pm in Bio 209, Evelyn Kulesza (’19) presents her departmental seminar on the topic of her senior honors thesis, “Honeysuckles Inside and Out: Phylogenomic and Morphological Studies of Lonicera (Caprifoliaceae)”
The Fall 2018 Biology Colloquium Series begins on Tuesday, September 25 with the kick-off of a series of events College-wide recognizing the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Flu Pandemic. The keynote speaker on 9/25/18 will be Gina Kolata, science writer for the New York Times, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and author of Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It. The event takes place in Education 212, and is preceded with a lunch served at noon. There will be an opportunity for students to meet with the author after the talk, from 2 -3 pm in Room 225W in the Brower Student Center.
Recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Flu Pandemic will continue into October with a series of talks, exhibits and events. Be sure to check out the schedule at their website, tcnj.edu/1918pandemic for the specific times and locations.
Friday, October 12 – 12 Noon – 1:30 pm, in Room 212, Education Building – Lunch and Lecture – Novo Nordisk Lecture Series, hosted by the School of Science. Dr. Rahul Ganguly, Executive Director of Health Economics Outcomes Research and Data Analytics at Novo Nordisk, Inc., will speak on “Understanding How ‘Real world’ Data Help Improve Patient Outcomes.”
Friday, October 26 – Dr. Tara Palmore, a hospital epidemiologist at the NIH Clinical Center, will speak. Physics, Rm 101, 12:30 to 1:30 pm.
Friday, November 9 – Dr. Mitchell Sitnick (TCNJ ’01), Assistant Professor of Biology at Montclair University will be the featured speaker, discussing “Fats in my muscles? How myocellular lipids contribute to pathologies.” 12:30 – 1:30 pm in P 101.
Friday, November 16 – Dr. Mackenzie Taylor of Creighton University discusses “The Greatest Generation: The Pollen Lifecycle in Aquatic Plants,” in P101 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.
The Spring 2018 Biology Colloquium Series begins on Friday, February 23 at 12:30 pm in SCP 101. Benjamin Keep, a doctoral candidate in Learning Sciences and Technology Design at Stanford University, will speak on “Humans, Bots, and RNA Folding: Citizen Science in Biochemistry,” and explore the role of volunteer citizen scientists in scientific research.
The Fall 2017 Biology Colloquium Series starts on Friday, September 22 at 12:30 pm in the Business Building Basement Lounge. Dr. Michael A. Bell, of Stony Brook University, will speak on “Vertical Integration of Evolutionary Mechanisms: Pelvic Reduction in the Threespine Stickleback Fish.”
Friday, October 13 – Field biologist and evolutionary ecologist Dr. Edmund “Butch” Brodie III, B.F.D. Runk Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia will speak on “Channel Surfing the Adaptive Wave: Convergence, Constraint, and Contingency in the Evolution of Resistance to a Deadly Toxin.” The talk will take place in P-101 of the Science Complex at 12:30 pm.
The Spring 2017 Biology Colloquium Series begins on Friday, January 27 at 12:30 pm in P-101, with a talk by Alita Miller, Head of Biology at Entasis Therapeutics. Her talk, entitled “Research Strategies to Combat Emerging Antibiotic Resistance,” will summarize some of her work and research in the area of antibiotics at Pfizer and Astra Zeneca over the past fifteen years or more.
Friday, February 10 – Brittany Graf, TCNJ Bio ’07, now of Rutgers University, on “The exploration of therapeutic properties of Latin American plants through a community-building approach.” P-101, 12:30 pm.
Friday, March 10 – Rebecca Lyczak, PhD, of Ursinus University, speaking on “Uncovering the role of the centrosome in polarization of the C. elegans embryo. P-101, 12:30 pm.
Additional talks will be listed here as they become available.
The Fall 2016 Biology Colloquium Series kicks off on Friday, September 23 and goes viral! The speaker will be Holly Ramage, PhD, a researcher and Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her topic will be “The Discovery of Novel Host Factors Important for Viral Infection.” The talk will be held at 12:30 pm in Physics Room 101 (P101), and will end at 1:30.
Friday, October 28 – Lynda Delph of the Indiana University Department of Biology will speak on “Sexual dimorphism in a dioecious plant: patterns, selection, and sexual antagonism.” The talk will be held in P101 (Physics portion of the School of Science) from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. All are invited to attend.
Friday, November 11 – Daniel Rittschof of the Nicholas School of the Environment at the Duke University Marine Lab will talk on “Plastics – Habitats, Leachates and Toxicity: What Marine Animals Tell Us.” The talk will be held in P101 (Physics portion of the School of Science) from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. All are invited to attend.
Speakers for the Spring 2016 semester’s Biology Colloquium Series include:
Dr. Eric Goldwaser, TCNJ/Biology ’11, now affiliated with Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, will speak on Friday February 12, in P-101, on “Alzheimer’s disease, autoantibodies, and the blood-brain barrier: new answers to old questions.”
Dr. Michael Reiskind, of the Department of Entomology at North Carolina State University, will speak on Friday, March 25, 2016, at 12:30 – 1:30 in SC-P101, on “Vector Ecology: Invasions, interactions and evolution in the world’s most dangerous organisms.”
Dr. Erik Cordes, of the Department of Biology at Temple University, will speak at 12:30 -1:30 pm on Friday, April 22, 2016 in SC-P101 on “The Ecology of the Deep Sea: What we have learned from exploration and exploitation.”
Dr. Michael Elnitsky of the Department of Biology at Mercyhurst University will speak on Friday, April 22.
Speakers for the Fall 2015 semester’s Biology Colloquium Series include:
Jason Wong (October 9, 12:30 pm, SC-P101), TCNJ alum currently at New York University, will discuss “V(D)J Recombination and Genome Integrity Using Cutting Edge Research Technologies.” Jason is a PhD candidate at the university, working in the Langone Medical Center’s Department of Pathology.
Christopher Dolanc, PhD of the Department of Biology at Mercyhurst College will speak on “Using the past to predict the future of trees and forests” on Friday, November 6, 12:30 – 1:30 pm in P101 of the Science Complex.
Dr. David Ungar, MD (November 13, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, SC-P101) will speak as a part of the TCNJ-Novo Nordisk Colloquium on “Advancements in Understanding Bleeding Disorders.” Dr. Ungar is Director in the BioPharm Medical group for Novo Nordisk in North America.
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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, speaks on “Multiple Ways of Seeing: What the Art/Design Studio Offers to Science” (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).