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 - Fall 2017


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

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

September 7 —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.


"Estrogen, sewage, and sea anemones: How hormone pollution can impact anemones."  (RS-Research)  

Michael Morgan, PhD
Department of Biology, Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia.

October 5 —7:30 p.m.
Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

"Cnidarians do not have estrogen receptors. Endocrine disruption is suspected in cnidarians but no evidence has been clearly identified. This presentation will discuss how cnidarian endocrine disruption can be detected and quantified."


"Is Autonomy Costly? A Tale of Spiders, of Legs Lost, and of What Comes After." (RS - Research)

Christopher Brown, PhD
Department of Biology, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN.
October 19 —7:30 p.m.
Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

"Autonomy is defined as the intentional sacrifice of a body part, and is usually done to avoid being eaten after an animal has been grabbed by a predator. This is obviously beneficial, since losing a body part is better than losing your life! However, missing this body part may prove costly in the future. In this talk I examine leg autonomy in the wolf spider Pardosa valens from Arizona, and show how the loss of a leg can affect this spider's running speed and both its short-term and long-term survival.


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James Gulley, M.D. PhD
Director, Medical Oncology Service Center for Cancer Research NIH, Bethesda, MD.

November 2 - 8:00 p.m.
Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

"Dr. James Fulley (1987) got his start at SAU then trained at LLU, Emory and the NCI to become an internationally recognized cancer immunotherapy physician scientist. He will share some of his experiences with early successes, failures and how he learned from them. His clinical trials have led to approval of Avelumab (a cancer immunotherapy agent) and another clinical trial could lead to approval soon for a second immunotherapy. Dr. Gulley will explain how our incredibly versatile immune system works to fight cancer and will offer science based advice on how to strengthen the immune system, which could prevent cancer or decrease cancer recurrence.


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Jose Barbosa, PhD
Bio, Geo, & Enviro Science, University of Tennessee Chatt, Chattanooga, Tennessee
November 9- 7:30 p.m.
Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium