E.O. Grundset Lectures


e.o. grundset teaching


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 2017


"Amazing Insights on Rattlesnake Venom." (RS-Research)

William (Bill) K. Hayes, PhD
Earth & Biological Science, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

January 19 —7:30 p.m.

Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

"Because of their toxins, rattlesnakes often inspire extreme emotions: fear and loathing, and intense fascination in others. Although many rattlesnakes are killed when encountered, they comprise an essential part of the natural environment and help to maintain balanced ecosystems.  In doing so, nature's toolbox has carefully shaped their chemical weaponry to yield an extraordinary diversity of compounds that help them survive.  This lecture will explore the remarkable nature of rattlesnake venom and the factors that influence its composition; the natural roles that venom serves and how the snakes actually deploy it (including fascinating videos); and the fascinating relationships between rattlesnakes and humans, including the role of venom in snakebite and in cures for human ailments."


"The Triumphs and Trials of a Photosynthetic Animal."  (RS-Research)  

David Cowles, PhD 
Department of Biological Sciences, Walla Walla University, Walla Walla, Washington.

February 9 —7:30 p.m.
Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

"Pentidotea resecata is a large, green isopod which lives on eelgrass near Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory during the summer.  My students and I have investigated whether, besides providing good camouflage, its green color may be due to chlorophyll and whether the animal may, therefore, be able to photosynthesize.  Evidence suggest these animals do have chlorophyll and can perform photosynthesis.  I will present evidence for whether or not this is an advantage for the animal; and will explore some of the potential negative consequences of having active photosynthesis.  In addition, I will present data that help give us some insight into its life cycle."


"Research in a Toxicology Lab." (RS - Research)

Benjamin Thornton, PhD
Professor of Biology, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN.
February 23 —7:30 p.m.
Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

"Dr. Thornton will give an overview of the toxicology and ecology research he and his students have been conducting.  He will also be highlighting opportunities for new or continued student projects."


"Oral microbial community dynamics and virulence: strategies for survival under oxidative stress." (RS - Research)

Hansel Fletcher, PhD
Dean of Basic Sciences: School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

March 16 - 7:30 p.m.
Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

"To survive in the periodontal pocket, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Filifactor alocis and other periodontal pathogens have developed mechanisms to scavenge nutrients and overcome their environment. Recent work demonstrates these activities are under the control of novel regulatory genes. We will highlight some of our observations that are consistent with the hypothesis that the virulence properties of the oral pathogens will enhance their ability to survive and persist in the periodontal pocket and play an important role in infection-induced periodontal disease. This information will provide important clues that will allow for the development of novel therapeutic interventions to aid in the control and prevention of periodontal diseases and other periodontal pathogen-associated diseases. "


"The Edge of Evolution." (RS-Research)

Michael Behe, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, Lehigh University, Iacocca Hall, PA.
April 6 - 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 in life."