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Environmental & Health Sciences Speaker Series 2015


Environmental & Health Sciences Speaker Series 2015

Experts visit campus on Wednesdays to present latest research on loons, election statistics and more

September 16, 2015

Johnson State College’s Department of Environmental and Health Sciences hosts a popular speaker series on Wednesday afternoons featuring experts on science. Free and open to the public, the presentations are held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in 207 Bentley Hall.

The department is featuring these speakers and topics over the next several months during this annual fall series:

  • Sept. 2: “Bringing the Past to Light: New Technologies and New Interpretations in Vermont Archaeology,” Jess Robinson, Ph.D., Vermont state archaeologist.

  • Sept. 9: “Bacterial-Plant symbiosis: A Model System to Study Metabolism, genetics and Cell Signaling,” Preston Garcia, Ph.D., Castleton University.

  • Sept. 16: “Predictive Environmental Modeling as Admissible Evidence Under Vermont Law,” Alexander LaRosa, J.D., associate at Murphy Sullivan Kronk in Burlington.

  • Sept. 23: “Using Math and Computer Science to Help Ensure Competitive Elections,” James Bozeman, Ph.D., professor of math and computer science at Lyndon State College.

  • Sept. 30: “Two Decades of Following the Gray Jay,” Bill Barnard, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biology, Norwich University.

  • Oct. 14: “The Potential Role of MCP-1 in Skeletal Muscle Myoblast and Skeletal Muscle Injury,” Joel Lombard, Ph.D., assistant professor of natural sciences in the Exercise Science Program, Castleton University.

  • Oct. 21: “From Moscow, Russia, to Moscow, Vermont: The Multicultural Generalizability of Clinical Constructs of Emotional and Behavioral Problems” (or “How Statistics is Changing Emotional and Behavioral Healthcare”), Masha Ivanova, Ph.D., Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center, University of Vermont.

  • Oct. 28, “Deducing the Dynamics of Laurentide Ice Sheet Flow Across Northern Vermont,” Stephen Wright, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the Department of Geology, UVM.

  • Nov. 4, “The Natural (and Unnatural) History of the Common Loon: From Territorial Takeovers and Sibling Rivalry to Mercury Laziness and Satellite Tracking,” Eric Hanson, a loon biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies in Norwich and adjunct faculty at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common.

  • Nov. 11: “Bacterial Systems Revealed Using Molecular Genetics Techniques,” Kelly Fimlaid, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UVM.

  • Nov. 18: “Understanding the Structure of the Remarkable Brain,” Susan Tappan, Ph.D., MBF Bioscience, a global company that develops quantitative imaging software for research scientists.

  • Dec. 2: “Investigations to Characterize the DCBLD Receptor Family” and “In Vivo and Biochemical Analysis,” Ryan Joy, Ph.D. candidate in biology, UVM.

  • Dec. 9: “The Road Less Traveled: From the Frontiers of Epilepsy Research to the Lecture Halls of Higher Education,” Sean Flynn, Ph.D., Department of Neurological Sciences, UVM.

The presentations are one of the many ways JSC provides learning opportunities beyond the classroom to help students expand their knowledge and make connections with professionals in their field of study.

For more information, contact Leslie Kanat, Ph.D., professor of environmental and health sciences, or 802-635-1327.