Department of Biology
College of Science and Engineering

Department Seminars

Biology Seminar Series

2014-2015 Seminars

All seminars are open to all and will begin at 12:00 noon and end in time for 1:00 pm classes. They are held in Wick Science Building, Room 125 at noon unless otherwise noted.

Spring 2015

Monday, January 26
Monday, February 2 Matt Davis, New SCSU Biology Faculty: "Evolution of Fishes in the Deep Sea"
Monday, February 9 Alice Masarati: "Mechanisms of Salmonella Heat Tolerance at Low Water Activity"
Monday, February 16 Gabriele Gusmini: "Consumer Influence on Technology"
Monday, February 23 Missie Olson: "Biology: Teaching and Learning"
Monday, March 2 Mark Jankowski: "Inequality for Fowl: Why do a Minority of the Ducks shed most of the Virus?"
Monday, March 16 Richard Kramer: "You're about to graduate, what's next? A perspective from an industry research scientist."
Monday, March 23 Marina Cetkovic-Cvrlje: "Speculations Versus Facts: Do Persistent Organic Pollutants Trigger Development of Autoimmune Diabetes?"
Monday, March 30 Robert Andersen, Distinguished Alumni: "How St. Cloud State and Algae helped me reach Retirement"
Monday, April 6 Patricia Hauslein: "Mindfulness and the Brain"
Monday, April 13 DeAnna Dvorak: "Microbusiness for Microorganisms" - Masters Thesis Defense CANCELED
Monday, April 20 Jordan Kuiper: "Polychlorinated Biphenyl-153 and Type 1 Diabetes: A Cause for Concern?" - Masters Thesis Defense
Monday, April 27 David Feifarek: "Toxicology in a Changing Climate" - Masters Thesis Defense
Wednesday, April 29 Dr. M. Osterholm: Emerging Infectious Diseases

Past Seminars

2014-15 Seminars

Fall 2014
Monday, September 8
Dr. Ryan Fink, SCSU (New Faculty Lecture): "Guess who's coming for dinner? Salmonella and Escherichia!"
Monday, September 15 Dr. Matthew Julius, SCSU: "Harnessing Nature's Resources for Bone Repair from Glass Houses"
Monday, September 22 Megan M. Painter, Mayo Graduate School: "Story of the Mighty (broad-spectrum antiviral) Mouse"
Monday, September 29 Dr. Richard Kiesling, US Geological Survey: "Minnesota Lake Ecosystems as Sentinels of Environmental Change: Limnology Research at the USGS"
Monday, October 6 Dr. Jessica Ward, University of Minnesota: "Beer Goggles and Booty Calls: The Function and Evolution of Sexual Communication in Variable Environments"
Monday, October 13 Dr. Brian Olson, SCSU: "Regulation of the PGC-1 Family of Proteins: Implications for Treatment of Human Disease"
Monday, October 20 Dr. Catrin Tyl, University of Minnesota: "Development of Intermediate Wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) as a Novel Food Crop"
Monday, October 27 Dr. Paige Novak, University of Minnesota: A Biological Method for H2 Production from Wastewater"
Monday, November 3 Dr. David Lonzarich, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire: "Exploring Mechanisms of Reproductive Isolation and Speciation in Lake-dwelling Pupfishes of San Salvador Island, The Bahamas"
Monday, November 10 Dr. Tonya Ward, University of Minnesota: "Analyzing Microbiome Data - From Generalizations to Strain-Specific Variations" CANCELED
Monday, November 17 Dr. Larry Barber, US Geological Survey, Boulder, CO: "Fish on Drugs - The Aquatic Pharmacy"
Monday, November 24 Mike Freeman, SCSU: "The Identification and Recombinant Production of a Zinc Acquisition Protein in Mannheimia haemolytica"
Monday, December 1 Linnea Thomas, SCSU: "Contaminants of Emerging Concern: Effects on Fishes in Great Lake Tributaries"
Monday, December 8 Dr. Tonya Ward, University of Minnesota: "Analyzing Microbiome Data - From Generalizations to Strain-Specific Variations"
Invasive Plant Species Management Seminar Series
Thursday, November 13 Natasha Northrop, Research Scientist, MN Department of Agriculture: Gypsy Moth Program
Tuesday, November 18 Laura Van Riper, Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator, MN Department of Natural Resources: DNR Invasive Programs.
Thursday, November 20 John Maile, Natural Resources Manager Environmental Conservation, MN National Guard Camp Ripley: Camp Ripley Projects
Tuesday, December 2 Monica Chandler, Plant Protection Division, MN Department of Agriculture: Biological Control
Thursday, December 4 Kayla Malone, SCSU: Restoration Projects
Tuesday, December 9 Tim Notch, Training Area Coordinator Environmental Conservation, MN National Guard Camp Ripley

2013-14 Seminars

Spring 2014

Monday, January 27
Dr. Austin Pitcher - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: "From Omics to Ortho: One Guy's Experience after SCSU" (SCSU Alum) in WSB 122 - CANCELED
Monday, February 10 Mallory Danford - NDSU Master of Public Health Program: "The Role of Public Health in Managing Infectious Diseases" (SCSU Alum) in WSB 125
Thursday, March 6 Ruben Michael Ceballos, Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Morris: "From Extremophile Virus-Host Interactions to Biofuels Enhancement: The Story of an Archaeon, its Viruses, and its Proteins" in WSB 124
Monday, March 17 Ryan Fink, Ph.D., University of Minnesota: "Microbiology and Omics: Research and Training"
Wednesday, March 19 Jeremiah Johnson, Ph.D., University of Michigan Medical School: "Using 'Omics' approaches to indentify Campylobacter jejuni factors that influence chicken commensalism" CANCELED
Thursday, March 20 Lynne R. Prost, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Receptor Proteins at the Host-Pathogen Interface" in WSB 122
Monday, March 24 Rochelle Elfelt, SCSU Senior Thesis Presentation: "Female Mate Choice Copying in Domestic vs. Wild Poecilia Latipinna"
Monday, April 7 Carol Jansky, SCSU Senior Thesis Presentation: "Tree Swallow Sex Allocation and Population Dynamics"
Thursday, April 10 David Janetski, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University: "Ecological Roles of Migratory Fish in the Great Lakes Ecosystem" 11:00 am in WSB 122
Friday, April 11 Theresa Cacek, SCSU Senior Thesis Presentation: "Evolving Attitudes about Evolution in Biology Students at Saint Cloud State University"
Monday, April 14 Richard Kramer, SCSU Senior Thesis Presentation: "Expression and Characterization of lytic Staphylococcus aureus phage proteins in Escherichia coli"
Tuesday, April 15 Peter Konstantinidis, Ph.D., College of William & Mary: "Evolution, Ontogeny & the Diversity of Fisheries" 12:00 in WSB 122
Friday, April 18 Devin Bloom, Ph.D., University of Kansas: "Transitions between Marine and Freshwaters in Fishes: Evolutionary Pattern and Process" 10:30 am in WSB 119
Friday, April 18 Bill Heikkila, SCSU Senior Thesis Presentation: "Endocrine Active Compounds: Transgenerational Effects of Larval Estrogenic Exposures"
Monday, April 21 Nate Metzger, SCSU Senior Thesis Presentation: "Regulation of PGC-1: A Family of Proteins implicated in Metabolic Disorders"
Friday, April 25 Nancy Rolstad, SCSU Senior Thesis Presentation: "The Effects of Ubiquitin Ligase EDD on the Transcriptional Coactivator PGC-1 alpha"
Monday, April 28 Marin Olson, SCSU Senior Thesis Presentation: "The Effects of p,p'-DDE on Development of Type 1 Diabetes in NOD Mouse Model"
Friday, May 2 Rhonda Zimmerman, SCSU Senior Thesis Presentation: "The Effects of Fragmentation on Old-Growth Forest Species"
Monday, May 5 Helmie D. Teketay, SCSU Senior Thesis Presentation: "Aframomum melegueta (Alligator Pepper) Effects on Reproduction in Rats"
Friday, May 9 Matthew Davis, Ph.D., University of Kansas: "Deep-Sea Fishes: Evolution of Bioluminescence and its Impact on Speciation" in WSB 124
Wednesday, May 14 Michael Bessert, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Stout: "Through the Genetic Looking Glass: Molecular Ecology and Conservation of North American Native Fishes" in WSB 124
Fall 2013
Friday, Sept . 6
Michael Bennett - SCSU
Monday, Oct. 14 Dr. Terry Shors - University of Wisconsin
Monday, Nov. 18 Peter Duerkop - SCSU
Friday, Nov. 22 Dr. Takashi Maie - SCSU
Friday, Dec. 13 Kayla Malone - SCSU (WSB 107)

Invasive Species Seminar Series
All talks located in Wick Science Building, Room 212 at 11:00.

Thursday, Nov. 14 Laura Van Riper, Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator, MN DNR. DNR Invasive Programs
Tuesday, Nov. 19 Kayla Malone, SCSU. Restoration Projects
Thursday, Nov. 21 John Maile, Natural Resources Manager Env. Conservation, MN National Guard, Camp Ripley. Camp Ripley Projects
Tuesday, Dec. 3 Monica Chandler, Plant Protection Division, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture. Biological Control
Thursday, Dec. 5 Joe Eisterhold, Aquatic Invasive Specialist Northwest Region, MN DNR. Aquatic Invasive CANCELLED
Tuesday, Dec. 10 Tim Notch, Training Area Coordinator, Environmental Conservation, MN National Guard, Camp Ripley. Mechanical Control

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