E. O Grundset Lecture Series - Winter 2012
The Kappa Phi Chapter of the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society and the Biology Department of Southern Adventist University announces the new schedule for this lecture series. Alumni are invited to join current students for the following presentations scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday evenings, in the Hulsey Wellness Center, Room 3135.
Jan. 19 - Jayesh Doshi, Ph.D., eSpin Technologies, Chattanooga, TN. "The Emerging Field of Nanofiber Technology and its Applications." - Manufacturing is the cornerstone that drives economic growth, while innovation is the engine for U.S. competitiveness in the global market place. New emerging nanotechnology with real-world applications allow companies to develop new products. eSpin's deployment of polymer molecule to nanofiber has allowed transitioning of advance manufacturing technology to produce new products and create manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
Feb. 16 - Jim Nestler, Ph.D., Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory, Walla Walla University, College Place, WA. "Sea Cucumbers: How to Eat Dirt, Breathe Through Your Anus, and Lose Your Guts." - Coral reefs are important biodiverse ecosystems, both in terms of biodiversity and for the invaluable goods and services they provide to some of the poorest, most densely populated human societies. Sea cucumber numbers in many coastal areas are declining rapidly due to excessive harvesting since they are considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac in Asia. Dr. Nestler asks: 1) Do sea cucumbers provide any chemical/nutrient benefit to the coral on which they live? 2) Do sea cucumbers remove sediment and algae that otherwise would cover, smother, and kill coral? and 3) Why should we care about slow-moving, ugly, blind, slimy, anus-breathing animals anyway?
Mar. 22 - Jose Barbosa, Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. "Applicability of Biological Knowledge: From Bioterrorism to Natural Herbal Medicine." - Biological science degrees lead not only to the medical field but also provide opportunities in industry, pharmacognosy, and biological warfare. Research targeting biological products to counteract bioterrorism has created new opportunities for biologists. Using plants as natural remedies is ancient, and recent emphasis has been placed on understanding biochemical/biological mechanisms of action (s) of these natural products. Dr. Barbosa will address results from his research as to how exposure to Anthrax is minimized and he will also discuss properties and effects of certain other biochemicals found in plants.
Apr. 5 - Donna Russell, Ph.D., J.D., Mt. Juliet, TN. "Thinking Outside the Box: Exploring Careers in Biology." - The average person changes careers at least three times in their life. When someone asks, "What do you want to do when you finish your degree?" it isn't so easy to answer sometimes. Knowing which careers are available is helpful, but more importantly, it helps to know oneself and to be open to options that haven't been considered before.
Apr. 17 - Southern student presentations - students conducting research at Southern Adventist University will present their findings.