The Kappa Phi chapter of the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society and the Biology department of Southern Adventist University announces the Winter 2014 schedule of the E.O. Grundset Lecture Series. Lectures are generally hosted at 7:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays in Room 3135 of Hulsey Wellness Center. They are free and open to the public.
Jan. 9 - Joey Shaw, Ph.D., Dept. of Biological and Environmental Sciences, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN.
"Herbaria are keystone to botanical research from field studies and building taxonomic guides to database creation, modeling, policy formation,and even the search for variable molecular markers." - Botanial research is dependent on herbaria specimens. Basic floristic are important for studying biogeography, plant migrations, and science education among other reasons. Tennessee has three large herbaria, but there are 12 state collections. Recent advances in specimen imaging have begun unification of all Tennesse collections into a common Tennessee Herbarium Consortium Virtual Herbarium. Dr. Shaw will speak about several lines of research from floristics to the evolutionary rates of mutation in choroplasts and show how herbaria are foundational to science.
Jan. 22 (Lynn Wood Hall Chapel) - Stephen Meyer, Ph.D., Center for Science and Culture, Discovery Institute, Seattle, WA. "Darwin's Doubt."
When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue but one. Darwin knew that his theory did not explain the "Cambrian explosion," when many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock. In this presentation, Dr. Meyer tells of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life - a mystery that has only intensified. Meyer will show that the origin of biological information - stored in DNA - as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design, rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.
Feb. 13 - William K. Hayes, Ph.D., Earth and Biological Sciences, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. "Islands in Crisis: Biodiversity and Conservation Studies of Reptiles and Birds in the Bahamas."
As a part of the Caribbean biodiversity hotspot, the Bahamas archipelago hosts substantial species richness. But like most archipelagos, human activities are rapidly and profoundly decimating many species and their habitats. Dr. Hayes will describe long-term studies of endangered birds and reptiles, illustrating the importance of taxonomic assessment, population estimation, behavioral ecology fieldwork, biodiversity prioritization, invasive species control, habitat restoration, and local environmental education.
Mar. 27 - John McCallum, BA, Tennessee Valley Authority Police (retired), Chattanooga, TN.
"Wilderness survival, tips and tricks to keep you alive in the woods."
John McCallum teaches classes in wilderness survival, primitive skills, bush craft and man tracking to groups and individuals. He is a certified Master Tracker from the Mountain Trackers Association. He will talk about use of wild animals and nature for orienteering, telling time, distance, danger warning signals and survival techniques to help you travel through the woods like a pro. Also basic gear and survival priorities will be discussed.
Apr. 15 (Tuesday) - Southern student research presentations - selected students conducting research at Southern Adventist University will present their findings.