The Kappa Phi Chapter of the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society and the Biology Department of Southern Adventist University announces the Fall 2012 E.O. Grundset Lecture Series. Open to the public.
Time: 7:30 p.m., Thursday evenings (except as noted)
Location: Hulsey Wellness Center (except as noted)
NHL = Natural History Lectures
RS = Research Seminars
Sept. 13 - Presenter: Bobby Harrison, Associate Professor of Photography, Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama. "Among Wild Wings: Discoveries Through the Aperture." (NHL)
More than 750 species of birds have been seen on the North American continent.Yet, even in today's technological world most people are unfamiliar with even the most common birds and how they live. Travel across the continent to discover the secret lives of birds, and the techniques used to capture their natural history through the aperture.
Oct. 8 - Presenter: Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, PhD, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. "Dating Historic Structures using Dendroarchaeology: When Human Nature Meets Mother Nature." (NHL)
Dr. Grissino-Mayer will outline a brief history of the use of tree rings for dating historic structures in the eastern U.S. His presentation will also include field and laboratory techniques used, and examples of nearly 50 historic structures he and his students have dated in the eastern U.S. These include Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace log cabin, Alfred's Cabin at President Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Plantation, the Anderson-Doosing Farm in Catawba, Virginia, and a Spanish mission church in St. Augustine, Florida.
Oct. 25 - 8 p.m., Ackerman Auditorium, Wood Hall (special feature for Alumni Homecoming Weekend)
Presenter: Gilbert Burnham, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of International Health, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland. "Elimination of Filarial Infections in Man: Inching Toward Eventual Success." (NHL)
Dr. Burnham, '64 Southern alumnus, began his study of onchocerciasis (River Blindness) as a hobby while a missionary at the Malamulo Adventist Hospital in Malawi. He documented and defined the epidemiology of the disease in southern Malawi and carried out phase IV trials of ivermectin, now the main treatment. He now chairs the Mectizan Expert Committee of seven scientists who oversee treatment for 100 million persons at risk of infection of onchocerciasis and millions at risk of lymphatic filariasis (Elephantiasis) in Africa. Elimination of onchocerciasis in on the cusp of realization in the Americas, and is a possibility in Africa, though some distance away.
Nov. 8 - Presenter: Leonard Brand, PhD, Professor of Biology and Paleontology, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California. "Utah Geology: Thinking and Searching Outside of the Box." (RS)
Recent geological research by Dr. Brand and colleagues involves study of presumed Ordovician stromatolites, fossil burrows, and other features. This research in Utah is turning up unexpected evidence not noticed by other researchers. New evidence requires new ways of thinking to find adequate explanations.
Dec. 6 - Presenter: James K. Adams, PhD, Professor of Biology, Dalton State Community College, Dalton, Georgia. "Cool Biology in a Hot Place: The American Tropics." (NHL)
Learn about the diversity of habitats in the American Tropics (it's more than just rain forest!). The diversity of habitats harbors a huge diversity of plant and animal life, with intricate and complicated interactions which drive the evolution of the organisms involved. From the birds and mammals, to insects of numerous kinds, to plants of the desert, understory, tree tops, and high elevations, you'll get a chance to see some of the amazing diversity of life in the tropics.