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Spring 2021 Seminars and Events

--------------------  UPCOMING TALKS -------------------------

Apr. 30, 12:40pm:  Melissa Kemp

(Evolution and ancient DNA)  REGISTER IN ADVANCE AT:

May 7, 12:40pm:  Dr. Robert Datta, Harvard Medical School Department of Neurobiology:  "Understanding the structure of behavior"


Previous events:

Feb. 5, 3 pm:  Picture a Scientist, documentary and panel discussion

Feb. 11, 12:40pm:  Thesis Presentation by Annie Blalock, '21 (ES-ConBio)

Feb. 12, 12:40pm:  Thesis Presentation by Phoebe Oehmig, '21 (ES-ConBio)

Mar. 11-12:  Biology Class of '88 Speaker, Dr. Shay Akil McLean 

 Mar 11, 5pm: 

"On The Racialization of Biology"

Mar. 12, 12:40pm:  
"Beyond An "Anti-Racist" Biology"

Dr. McLean is a social & natural scientist who studies evolutionary genetics, theoretical population genetics, race/ism, Du Boisian historical sociology, science & technology studies (STS), philosophies of science, & philosophies of biology. His work seeks to understand how social, political, & economic inequalities influence health & contribute to the perpetuation of health inequalities. By analyzing human genetic data, human osteological remains, medical/dental records, & historical demographic methods, he aims to better understand how the relationships that colonized/racialized peoples have to various forms of structural domination dictate who gets sick, when they get sick, where, why, & how. 

Mar. 25-26:  Saul Lectures:  Paul Turner, Yale University

PUBLIC LECTURE:   “How and Why Viruses Evolve”   Thurs. Mar. 25 at 5:00pm via Zoom
Register in advance HERE:  (go/BioTurnerPublic)

SCIENCE TALK:  “Phage therapy to combat infections by antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens”   Friday, Mar. 26 at 12:40pm via Zoom   Register in advance HERE: (go/BioTurnerScience)

Dr. Paul Turner is the Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and Microbiology faculty member at Yale School of Medicine. He is an African-American scientist, who grew up mostly nearby the city of Syracuse, NY. Dr. Turner studies evolutionary genetics of viruses and researches the use of phages to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial diseases. He is very active in outreach and service concerning diversity in science, such as American Society for Microbiology’s Committee on Minority Education, and helping K-12 teachers improve STEMM education in underserved public schools.  

Apr. 2:  Dr. Patrick Gonzalez, UC Berkeley, NPS:

Anthropogenic Climate Change in U.S. National Parks

Patrick Gonzalez <> is a forest ecologist, Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Principal Climate Change Scientist of the U.S. National Park Service. He advances action on human-caused climate change through scientific research on climate change, ecosystems, wildfire, and carbon solutions and assistance to local people and policymakers on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. Dr. Gonzalez has conducted field research in Africa, Latin America, and the United States, published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, and other journals and contributed science to policy in positions in Washington, DC. He has served as a lead author on four reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization awarded a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.


APRIL 13, 12:40-1:30PM (EDT)
Zoom Link HERE:

Apr. 16, 12:40pm: 

Dr. Vaughn Cooper,  Professor,  University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicinej  "The evolutionary biology of SARS-CoV-2."    


Apr. 30, 12:40pm:  Melissa Kemp,

Univ of Texas, Austin

Biodiversity in the Anthropocene: A paleobiological perspective


May 14, 18 & 19 - Thesis Presentations at 12:40pm

May 14:  go/MBBThesisPresMay14

Evan Fedorov, MBBC:  Investigating Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in Relation to the Coral Holobiont

 Anna Goldstein, MBBC:   “Investigating the Role of Ubiquitin Branched Chains in RNA Polymerase Stability and Repair of Double-Stranded DNA Breaks

May 18:  go/ESBIThesisPresMay18

Alitzel Villanueva, ENVS:  The Cost of Persistent Organic Pollutant Tolerance in Fundulus heteroclitus Across a Water Temperature Gradient

 Warren Galloway, ENVS:  Can remotely sensed soil moisture data predict blacklegged tick host-seeking behavior?

May 19:  go/MBB-BIOThesisPresMay19

Eli Miller, MBBC:  SloR Most Wanted: Use of Computational Methods for Anti-Caries Therapeutic Drug Discovery

 Anthony Bongiorno, BIOL:  Effects of sex hormones on late-stage adult neurogenesis in male rats

Past Events

Sep. 18:   Summer Student Research Showcase

Oct. 2:  Dr. Cissy Ballen, Auburn University 
"Barriers to participation in biology: where they are and what you can do about them"

Oct. 23:  Dr. Lisa Baik. Yale University 
"Circadian clock modulation of attraction and avoidance behaviors in mosquitoes"

Dr. Luis De Leon, U Mass, Boston (GEORGE B. SAUL II Lecture Series)

Oct. 29:  "Unveiling human impacts on evolution in the Galapagos"  (Public Talk)

Oct. 30:   "Understanding human impacts on evolution in Darwin's finches" (Science Talk)

Nov. 13, Melissa B Davis, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Dept of Surgery and Scientific Director of ICSBCS,  Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, NY
"Genetic Ancestry in Breast Cancer Disparities"

Dec. 2:  Colin Howe Thesis Presentation 
"Host Competence of Two Cryptic Peromyscus Species for Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme Disease Agent, in Central Vermont"

Dec. 4:  Dr. Krista Sherman, Perry Institute of Marine Science
"Integrative Approaches for Nassau Grouper Research & Conservation"

Mar. 5:  Biology-Psychology Talk by Janet Hyde, University of Wisconsin—Madison:  "Men Are from Earth, Women Are from Earth: Science vs. the Media on Gender Differences"   Register in advance at:   go/BioHyde

If you are community member interested in these talks, please reach out to the Department  Coordinator for more information. 

All talks take place Fridays, from 12:30-1:20pm EDT unless otherwise noted.


Department of Biology

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
276 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753