Current Topics in Science Lecture Series

Current Topics in Science Lecture Series

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. All presentations run from 4 - 5:15 p.m. Please join us for the 27th Annual Current Topics in Science Lecture Series.


Fall 2021 Schedule

date speaker and affiliation title
Wednesday, August 25, 2021   Introduction to Class
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 William Landesman, PhD
Associate Professor, Biology, Northern Vermont University-Johnson
From microbiomes to road kill: What DNA can tell us about the microbiology and ecology of the black-legged tick
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Dimitry Gorsky, PhD Working with partners to conserve native species in the Great Lakes
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Seth Frisbie, PhD
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Norwich University

Drinking Water, Naturally Occurring Metals, and Global Health
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 Janet Bennion
Professor, Anthropology and Sociology, Northern Vermont Univeristy
Polygamy in Paris: A social network theory application
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Andrea Etter, PhD
Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition Sciences, UVM
Don't kiss your chickens! backyard chickens and food safety
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Kim Cronise, PhD 
Associate Professor of Psychology, Middlebury
The Resilient Mind: Pathways from Mindfulness to Emotional Intelligence to Compassion 
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Melissa VanderKaay Tomasulo, PhD
Director of the Neuroscience Program, Associate Professor of Psychology, St. Michael's College
Stress and Health: From the Earth, to the moon, and Mars
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Tim Mihuc,
PhD Distinguished Service Professor of Environmental Science; Director, Lake Champlain Research Insitute
Long-Term patterns in Lake Champlain's plankton:  the role of invasive species
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 Hayley Root, PhD, LAT,
ATC Assistant Clinical Professor, Northern Arizona University 
The Intersection of Athletic Training and Public Health
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Tori Reagan & Cassandra Lammers
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Montana State University
Head Athletic Trainer for West High School, Manchester, NH
Concussion Documentation Audit Tool: Development, Validation, and Piloting
Wednesday, November 17, 2021   Student Internship Day
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 Jared Ulmerm MPH, AICP
Climate & Health Program Manager, VDH
Climate Change in Vermont: Health Impacts and Opportunities
Wednesday, December 8, 2021   Student Research Day
Wednesday, December 15, 2021   FINALS WEEK No Speaker