Each fall, the Department of Environmental and Health Sciences at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, hosts a popular speaker series featuring experts on topics in science for EHS students, faculty, and campus community members. The presentations are one of the many ways NVU-Johnson provides learning opportunities beyond the classroom to help students expand their knowledge and make connections with professionals in their fields of study. The presentations are scheduled for Wednesday afternoons and coordinated by EHS faculty Emily Tarleton, Ph.D.

Due to COVID-19, some presentations this year are offered via Zoom. Contact Emily.Tarleton@NorthernVermont.edu for details. All presentations run from 4 – 5:15 p.m. Please join us for the 28th Annual Current Topics in Science Lecture Series.


Fall 2022 Schedule

date speaker and affiliation title
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 Mariana Wingood, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH, GCS, CEEAA
Postdoctoral Fellow, VA’s Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center
Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Implementing Physical Activity into Physical Therapy.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Alexis Mychajliw, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology & Environmental Studies, Middlebury College
Uncovering hidden data in Vermont’s museum collections: Ancient DNA, lost species, and future conservation.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Lindsay Repka, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Middlebury College
Photocatalysis and Alkoxyamides: Toward chemical tools for exploring biological interactions.
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Emily Scott, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Northern Vermont University, Johnson Campus
Your Brain on Nature: Results from a Series of Field Studies.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Nick Fortin, MS
Deer & Moose Project Leader, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
The effects of winter ticks on moose ecology and management.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 Connie Van Eeghen, PhD, MPH
Assistant Research Research Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Vermont
Changing Health Care to Benefit Patients and Providers: How to make it happen.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 George Springston, MSc
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Norwich University
Do large landslides occur in Vermont? Yes: The 2019 Cotton Brook landslide in the Mount Mansfield State Forest, Waterbury.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 Simon Pearish, PhD
Associate Professor, Biology, Norwich University
Personality and Social Environment Determine Survival in Wild Fish Populations
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 Andrea Corcoran, PhD
Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator of Health Science, Castleton University
Clinical Research 101: From Serotonin to CBD.
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 Denise Peters, PT, DPT, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Rehab and Movement Science, University of Vermont
The cogs and wheels post-stroke: brain insights and functional recovery.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 Marie Agan, BS
Lecturer, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Norwich University
Wastewater Epidemiology and Population Health
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 Eyal Amiel, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Laboratoy Science & Chair, Dept of Biomedical & Health Sciences, University of Vermont
Understanding the Balancing Act of the Immune System Between Microbial Protection and Self-harm – a Nitric Oxide Story