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Biology Department Seminars

Seminars will be held Tuesdays at 4:00 pm in the room noted below.
Refreshments will be served before seminars at 3:45 in Coker 215. Everyone is
welcome, so please join us!

Directions & Contact Info

 

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Fall 2015 Seminars

Mechanical Modulation of Receptor-ligand Bonds at Cell-cell Interfaces
Speaker: Jun Allard, University of California Irvine
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Genome Sciences Building, Room G200
Host: Laura Miller
Discovering the Determinates of Meiotic Recombination
Speaker: Greg Copenhaver, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Genome Sciences Building, Room G200
Host: Vicki Bautch
From Blood to Brain - Macrophage Genetics and Dynamics in Zebrafish
Speaker: Celia Shiau, Boston College
Date and Time: Thursday, September 17, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 215
Host: Elizabeth Shank

Distinguished Lecturer in Behavior

Adversity and Advantage - The Influence of Social Environments on Fitness in Social Animals
Speaker: Susan Alberts, Duke University
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Genome Sciences Building, Room G200
Host: Maria Servedio
Impacts of Recombination on the Evolution of Gene Networks - Insights from Microbes and Computational Models
Speaker: Christina Burch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Genome Sciences Building, Room G200
Host: Vicki Bautch
Genetics of Innovation and Adaptation from Flies to Humans
Speaker: Corbin Jones, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Genome Sciences Building, Room G200
Host: Vicki Bautch

Faculty Candidate Seminar

RNA-driven Phase Transitions Control the Cell Cycle and Cell Polarity
Speaker: Amy Gladfelter, Dartmouth College
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Genome Sciences Building, Room G200
Host: Kerry Bloom
Evolution of Cis-regulatory Elements Controlling mRNA Translation
Speaker: Joel McManus, Carnegie Mellon University
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Genome Sciences Building, Room G200
Host: Alain Laederach
Functional and Disease Relevance Behind Conserved Post-translational Modifications of Intermediate Filament Proteins
Speaker: Natasha Snider, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Genome Sciences Building, Room G200
Host: Steve Rogers

Special Seminar

Integrative Modeling of Human and Ecological Health Using Bayesian Networks
Speaker: Mark Borsuk, Dartmouth College
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 @ 11:00 AM
Location: Coker 215
Host: Peter White
Dear Prudence: The Evolution of Cooperative Restraint in Structured Populations
Speaker: Ben Kerr, University of Washington
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Genome Sciences Building, Room G200
Host: Christina Burch
Beyond Assessing Knowledge – Card Sorting, Superheroes, and Moving Towards Measuring Biological Expertise
Speaker: Kimberly Tanner, San Francisco State University
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Genome Sciences Building, Room G200
Host: Kelly Hogan
Mechanisms Driving Genome Reprogramming and Transcriptional Activation in the Early Embryo
Speaker: Melissa Harrison, University of Wisconsin
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Genome Sciences Building, Room G200
Host: Dan McKay

Spring 2016 Seminars

Structure and Function Study of Enzymes in the Vitamin K Cycle
Speaker: Jian-Ke Tie, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Vicki Bautch
Molecular Rules Driving Organization of the Plant Cytoskeleton
Speaker: David Erhardt, Stanford University
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Jason Reed

Molecular Neurobiology Faculty Search Seminar

Towards a Cellular-resolution Understanding of Visual System Form and Function
Speaker: Estuardo Robles, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology
Date and Time: Thursday, January 28, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Stephen Crews

Molecular Neurobiology Faculty Search Seminar

Mechanosensation - From Ion Channels to Animal Behaviors
Speaker: Wei Zhang, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, San Francisco
Date and Time: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Eva Anton

Molecular Neurobiology Faculty Search Seminar

Temperature Sensation in Drosophila
Speaker: Lina Ni, Brandeis University
Date and Time: Thursday, February 4, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Sabrina Burmeister

Molecular Neurobiology Faculty Search Seminar

Biology in Motion - Exploring How the Nervous System Produces Movement Sequences
Speaker: Andrew Seeds, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus
Date and Time: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Bob Duronio

Molecular Neurobiology Faculty Search Seminar

Axon Regeneration in the Aging Nervous System
Speaker: Alexandra Byrne, Yale University
Date and Time: Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 11:00 AM
Location: G-100 Bondurant Hall
Host: Stephanie Gupton

Ecology Faculty Search Seminar

Welcome to the Anthropocene - Ecology in an Era of Global Change
Speaker: Brody Sandel, Aarhus University (Denmark)
Date and Time: Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Keith Sockman

Ecology Faculty Search Seminar

Anthropogenic Climate Change Drives Shift and Shuffle in Marine Phytoplankton Communities
Speaker: Andrew Barton, Princeton University
Date and Time: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Adrian Marchetti

Ecology Faculty Search Seminar

Understanding and Predicting the Effects of Global Change on Biodiversity
Speaker: Justin Kitzes, University of California, Berkeley
Date and Time: Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Charles Mitchell

Ecology Faculty Search Seminar

Temporal and Spatial Shifts in Plant-pollinator Communities Under Climate Change
Speaker: Nicole Rafferty, University of Toronto
Date and Time: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Alecia Septer

Ecology Faculty Search Seminar

Understanding Biodiversity in a Variable World
Speaker: Caroline Tucker, University of Colorado, Boulder
Date and Time: Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: John Bruno
Eco-evolutionary Dynamics of Seasonal Adaptation in Drosophila
Speaker: Paul Schmidt, University of Pennsylvania
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Chris Willett

BGSA-invited speaker

Why Bacteria Form and Divide in Defined Shapes - How Small Cytoskeletal Filaments Sense and Create Long Range Order
Speaker: Ethan Garner, Harvard University
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Vincent Boudreau and the BGSA
Tweaking Nature’s Switches: Environmentally-controlled Protein/protein Interaction Domains
Speaker: Kevin Gardner, The City College of New York
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Kevin Slep

The Max and Fran Hommersand Distinguished Seminar

Challenging Orthodoxy - Do We Need an Expanded Evolutionary Synthesis?
Speaker: Douglas Futuyma, Stony Brooke University
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: David Pfennig
Perturbing Natural Epigenomic Behavior in Plants
Speaker: Sally Mackenzie, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Alan Jones

Lawrence Gilbert Distinguished Seminar in Biology

Conserved Regulators of Cholesterol Trafficking and Steroid Synthesis
Speaker: Kim Furbo Rewitz, University of Copenhaven
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 @ 4:00PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Lawrence Gilbert

Distinguished Seminar in Evolution

Genomic Scope of Adaptive Mutations in the Face of Environmental Challenges
Speaker: Sally Otto, University of British Columbia
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Location: Coker 201
Host: Christina Burch