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Seminars in the Department of Biology are typically held weekly or biweekly. The members of the Department invite speakers from other institutions and from within the University to give seminar lectures on their research. In addition, graduate students present their research as part of their degree requirements. Seminars are a valuable time for the members of Biology to come together for socialization and scientific discourse.

 

Department of Biology Seminar Series

Unless otherwise stated, all seminars begin on Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. in DeGrace 312.

Spring 2016 Seminar Schedule

 

Name Date Institution Seminar Title Topic Area Host

 

No seminar

 

1/14/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. David Costello

 

 

1/21/16

 

Kent State University

“Redefining ecotoxicology: Including ecological principals into the management of pollutants.”

 

Ecology toxicology

 

Dr. Mike Benard

 

Dr. Fulai Jin

 

 

 

1/28/16

 

 

CWRU- Department of Genetics

 

“The functions and dynamics of 3D genome.”

 

Epigenetics

 

Dr. Radhika Atit

 

Dr. Heather Broihier

 

 

2/4/16

 

CWRU – Neurology

 

Molecular mechanisms directing synapse form and function.”

 

 

Neuromuscular junction

 

Dr. Jessica Fox

 

Dr. Ken Catania

 

 

2/11/16

 

Vanderbilt University

 

“The shocking truth about electric eels.”

 

 

Neuroethology

 

Dr. Jessica Fox

 

Dr. Brian Inouye

 

2/18/16

 

 

Florida State University

 

” Sex, dispersal, and the spread of invasive species”.

 

Ecology

CWRU Biology Graduate student-invited seminar.

 

 

Dr. Jordan Renna

 

 

2/25/16

 

University of Akron

  “A novel neural circuit in the mammalian retina: Melanopsin ganglion cell dendrites extend into the outer retina.”

 

 

Retinal neurobiology

 

Dr. Jessica Fox

 

Dr. Brent Sinclair

 

 

3/3/16

 

University of Western Ontario

“Winter is complicated: How overwintering mediates insect responses to a changing world.”

 

Thermal Physiology/Ectotherms

 

Dr. Sarah Diamond

Name Date Institution Seminar Title Topic Area Host

Spring Break

No seminar

 

3/10/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. David Pfennig

 

3/17/16

 

University of North Carolina

 

“Competition, developmental plasticity, and the origins of diversity.”***

 

Evolutionary biology, phenotypic plasticity.

Co-sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

 

Dr. Mike Benard & Dr. Gavin Svenson

 

Dr. Sudha Chakrapani

 

3/24/16

 

 

CWRU Physiology & Biophysics

 

“Structure and gating dynamics of pentameric ligand-gated ion channels.”

 

 

Ion channel structure & function

 

Dr. Jessica Fox

 

Dr. Karen Sears

 

 

3/31/16

 

University of Illinois

 

“Timing the developmental origins of mammalian diversity.”

 

Evolutionary developmental biology

 

Dr. Radhika Atit

 

Dr. Hunter Peckham

 

 

4/7/16

 

CWRU Bioengineering

 

“Neuroprostheses for movement restoration.”

 

 

Neuroprosthetics

 

 

Dr. Jessica Fox

 

Dr. Piali Sengupta

 

4/14/16

 

Brandeis University

 

“Feeling the heat: Thermosensation and thermal acclimation in C. elegans.”

 

 

 

C. elegans sensory biology

 

Dr. Jessica Fox

 

Dr. Rich Schneider

 

4/21/16

 

University of San Francisco

 

 

“The origin of species-specific beak pattern during development and evolution.”

 

 

Evolutionary developmental biology

 

Dr. Radhika

Atit

 

Dr. Meg Lowman

 

4/28/16

 

California Academy of Sciences

 

 

 

Special biology seminar

 

This is sponsored by Holden Arboretum

 

Dr. David Burke