The Kappa Phi Chapter of the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society and the Biology Department of Southern Adventist University announces the Fall 2011 schedule of the E.O. Grundset Lecture Series:
Sept. 15 - Joe Rudd, Ph.D., University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, TN. "21st Century Trauma Care, Evolving Science versus Bureaucratic Gridlock." Trauma research in the 21st century is moving at an amazing pace using stem cells, tissue engineering, and gene therapy. Trauma patients of the future will experience significantly brighter outcomes due to these innovations. But how this research is financed is another issue altogether. (meet in Hulsey Wellness Center)
Oct. 13 - Paul Buchheim, Ph.D., Department of Earth & Biological Sciences, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. "Predicting Lacustrine Microbialite Distribution and Facies Associations: The Eocone Green River Formation Analogue." The Green River Formation contains one of the most abundant and varied records of microbialites (microbe generated sediments) known from lake systems. Study of microbialites allows one to predict microbialite distribution and different rock types when exploring for hydrocarbons in deeply buried lake sediments. (meet in Hickman Science Center, Rm. 114)
Oct. 27 - James L. Gulley, M.D., Ph.D., National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. "Thwarting the (tumor) Gain without the Pain: Training the Cancer Patients' Immune System to Fight Cancer." James Gulley (1987 alumnus) is leading the development of a novel anti-cancer vaccine that retrains and "powers-up" the immune system to attach the cancer. Initial findings suggest slower cancer growth and improved disease control and survival without traditional chemotherapy side effects. Continued research into the amazingly powerful and adaptable God-given immune system has increased understanding of who benefits most, and eventually may change cancer treatments. (meet in Ackerman Auditorium)
Nov. 10 - Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, Ph.D., Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. "Dendrochronology and the Science of Tree rings: The Value of Old and Historic Trees in the U.S." Dr. Grissino-Mayer studies ecosystem disturbance processes using dendrochronology, the science of tree rings. His research concentrates on analyzing the history of past wildfires and the history of past climate, and how climate change possibly mediates changes in wildfire regimes. He has also investigated everything from hurricanes to log structures to musical instruments, all using tree rings. (meet in Hickman Science Center, Rm. 114)
Dec. 1 - Kevin Calhoon, MS, Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN. "Journey to Antarctica." As the assistant curator of forests at the Tennessee Aquarium, Kevin Calhoon helped lead a recent trip to the Antartic Peninsula. His party made 15 landings on the desolate landscape that includes glaciers and rugged 10,000-foot peaks. Gentoo, Adelie, and Chinstrap Penguins were encountered along with Leopard Seals. Animal life experiences and Antarctic ecosystems will be discussed, with glacier core drillings showing how warming of the oceans is affecting Antarctica. (meet in Hulsey Wellness Center)
Meetings are scheduled for Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. (other than Oct. 27, which starts at 8 p.m.).