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Life Sciences Colloquium


All lectures are held Mondays. Tea and cookies are served at 4 p.m. in the McConnell Foyer. All lectures are at 4:30 in McConnell 103, unless otherwise noted.

January 27, 2014

Plant invasions and global change: Lessons from biogeography
Bethany Bradley, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Host: Jesse Bellemare 

February 10, 2014

Ecology of the mixotrophic ciliate Strombidium rassoulzadegani
George McManus, University of Connecticut
Host:  Laura Katz

February 17, 2014

Protecting Our Borders: The Role of Glial-Glial Interactions During Nerve Development and Disease
Sarah Kucenas, University of Virginia
Host:  Michael Barresi

February 24, 2014

Metabotropic Signaling and the Ionotropic Receptor: G protein pathways of the alpha 7 nicotinic receptor in neural development
Nadine Kabbani, George Mason University
Host: Adam Hall

March 10, 2014 *Special location - Stoddard Auditorium, Stoddard Hall


Brain Games: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and the Long-Term Consequences of Repetitive Brain Trauma in Athletes
Robert Stern, Boston University
Host: Mary Harrington

March 17, 2014

Spring Break

March 24, 2014

Coming Soon

March 31, 2014

Coming Soon
Brad Carter, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT
Host: Michael Barresi

April 7, 2014

Coming Soon
Paulette Peckol
Host: Biological Sciences Department

April 14, 2014

Vaccines for hookworm and Chagas disease
Peter Hotez, Baylor University
Host: Steven Williams

April 21, 2014

Coming Soon

April 28, 2014

Honors Presentations 



Fall 2013

September 9, 2013

Speaker: Edward Bernstine, Bay Path College
Topic: Louis Pasteur: the man, his science & his ethics
Host: Stylianos Scordilis

September 23, 2013

Speaker: David Hibbett, Clark University
Topic: Evolution of decayer and mutualist lifestyles in forest fungi revealed through comparative genomics
Host: Laura Katz

September 30, 2013

Speaker: Jonathan Shaw, Duke University
Topic: Evolution and biogeography of peatmosses (Sphagnum)
Host: Laura Katz & Jesse Bellemare

October 7, 2013

Speaker: Steve Keller, AbbVie Biotherapeutics
Topic: Immunogenicity and Immunotherapy: the Yin and Yang of Biopharmaceuticals
Host: Christine White-Ziegler

November 11, 2013

Speaker: Nilanjana Dasgupta, University of Massachusetts
Topic: Thriving despite negative stereotypes: How female experts and peers act as "social vaccines" to protect girls' and young women's self-concept
Host: Jill DeVilliers

November 18, 2013

Speaker: Catherine Barrett, Emory University
Topic: Neuropeptide systems and the development of social behavior in the prairie vole
Host: Annaliese Beery

December 2, 2013

Speaker: Kevin C. O'Connor, Yale University
Topic: Understanding the role of B cells in multiple sclerosis
Host: Adam Hall