E.O. Grundset Lectures


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7:30 pm, Thursday evenings (unless otherwise stated)
Lynnwood Auditorium  (unless otherwise stated)

Presented by the Kappa Phi Chapter of the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society and the Biology Department 

The E.O. Grundset Lecture Series, named in honor of Southern’s beloved biology professor of 35 years, hosts research presentations by biologists and other scholars.

Scheduled Lectures - Winter 2018

"Research in the Nelsen/Corbit Lab: Ecology, Toxinology, and Venomous Organisms." (RS-Research)

David Nelsen, PhD and Aaron Corbit, PhD
Biology/Allied Health Dept., Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, Tennessee.

January 18 — 7:30 p.m.

Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

"Dr. Nelsen and Dr. Corbit will present their original research.  Highlighting past and current projects including: spider venom, spider silk, animal behavior, rattlesnake bite epidemiology, rattlesnake ecology, and the impact of hiking trails on forest biodiversity."

"Sea Cucumbers: Rotting and Regenerating Zombies of the Sea"  (RS-Research)  

Jim Nestler, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences, Walla Walla University, Walla Walla, Washington.

February 8 — 7:30 p.m.
Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

"Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber) is a commonly known echinoderm on the west coast of North America with a little-known season cycle.  In the late fall, animals stop moving and experience a complete degradation of their internal organs; they become little more than apparently dead bags of skin.  Several weeks later, with no external signs of life, the internal organs regenerate and the animals regain their activity.  Dr. Nestler will describe the current molecular, physiological, and ecological research he and his students are conducting on this bizarre phenomenon, and the implications their findings may have for the loss and regeneration of human internal organs."

"The Dewey Decimal System of Bone: An Epigenetic Pathway that Controls Bone Growth In-Vivo." ( CB - Careers in Biology and RS - Research)

Benjamin Wildman, PhD candidate
Alabama University of Birmingham, Alabama.
February 22 — 7:30 p.m.
Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

"There are over 53 million individuals in the United States that suffer from, or are at high risk of getting osteoporosis.  With very few effective methods to treat this bone disorder, it is important to discover new therapeutics.  One method to identify new treatments is to better understand the cells that build bone:  osteoblasts.  We have identified an epigenetic pathway in osteoblasts that regulates bone growth in mice.  By better understanding how osteoblasts develop to build bone, we seek to identify strategies to more effectively treat bone loss disorders like osteoporosis."

"The Edge of Evolution" (RS - Research)

Michael Behe, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, Lehigh University, Iacocca Hall, Pennsylvania.

March 15 - 7:30 p.m.
Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

"If some aspects of life are the result of deliberate intelligent design, and other aspects are the result of chance mutations and natural law, where is it reasonable to draw a border between the two?  In this talk, I will try to show the limits of random Darwinian processes, and the depth of design of life."


"Student Research Presentations." (RS-Research)

Biology major students, Biology/Allied Health Dept., Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, Tennessee.
April 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium
"Thesis and research students will present their original research."