E.O. Grundset Lectures

e.o. grundset teaching

7:30 p.m., 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 2019

"All the things no one ever told me about going to medical school." (CB-Careers in Biology)

Krista Bonney, 2nd Year Medical Student, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee.

January 17 — 7:30 p.m., Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

I will be sharing stories about my path to medical school, what I wish I had known, and what has helped me the most along the way.  I will then briefly discuss what you can be ding now to be ready for applications, the transition from undergrad into medical school, and what well-meant advice you can ignore.  To make this the most helpful it can be, I expect people to come with questions. 

"Bacterial Locomotion: the Hows and Whys.."  (RS-Research)  

Suzanne Phillips, Ph.D., Earth & Biological Sciences, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

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

Motile bacteria navigate their environment via chemotaxis systems.  These systems consist of a sensor that communicates to the flagellar motor through a two-component signaling mechanism.  Research in Vibrio cholera shows a unique sensor proten with two PAS Heme ending domains.  Our research concentrates on understanding the role of the Che II operon in Vibrio cholera, Vibrio vulnificus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa as well as elucidating the signaling mechanism of the Aer2 sensor.

"Plants, the other Eukaryotes."  (RS-Research) 


Timothy Trott, Ph.D., Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN.

March 14 — 7:30 p.m., Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

Plants are often overlooked as the less exciting eukaryotic cousins of animals.  They are, in fact, fascinating examples of eukaryotic diversity as the plant kingdom includes many examples of biochemical pathways and anatomical structures not found in other forms of life.  As a cell and molecular biologist, the biochemistry and physiology of plants have always provided an endless source of fascination.  This presentation will give an overview of the use of model plant systems in several ongoing research projects being conducted by Southern Adventist University students.  Projects include: (1) Characterizing he phytoremediation capabilities of Coriander sativum.  (2) Quantitating the levels of berberine in over-the-counter herbal supplements.  (3) Determining the best DNA preparation kit for extracting DNA from mature oak tree leaves for downstream sequencing applications.  (4) Quantitation of the antibacterial affect of berberine from whole root extracts of Goldenseal.

"Student Research Presentations." (RS - Research)

April 4 - 7:30 p.m., Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium

Thesis and research students will present their original research.


"(Mostly) Dry Bones: What Fossils Can Tell Us About the Flood." (NHL-Natural History Lecture)

Marcus Ross, Ph.D., Director Center for Creation Studies, Liberty University, VA.
April 11 - 7:30 p.m., Lynn Wood Hall Auditorium
Scripture lays out a clear case that Noah's Flood covered and destroyed the entire planet, wiping out all land-dwelling, air-breathing animals and people.  While most paleontologists see the fossil record as a multi-billion-year sequence of life, there are many powerful evidences that fossils instead point to a recent, short-duration, world-destructive flood.