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Biological Sciences


The Department of Biological Sciences hosts a series of weekly seminars each spring and fall semester in association with its colloquium courses for undergraduates (BIOL 492 and 492M) and graduate students (BIOL 592). Seminar speakers are usually invited from other universities and research institutions but occasionally the program will include faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences or other units at SIUE. Talks cover a wide range of topics in biology.

Seminars are usually held in the Science East building in lecture room 3126 (SE 3126) and take place on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 PM.  

All are welcome.

Seminars for Fall 2019

Date Speaker Affiliation Title or Topic
Aug 26 Rick Essner Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

 Sabbatical Talk:
"The Dark Continent: Dinosaurs of Eastern North America"

Sep 9 Amy Belfi  Department of Psychological Science, Missouri S&T University

“Your brain on music: Exploring the relationships between music and the mind”

Sep 16 Mike Saxton Shaw Nature Reserve, Missouri Botanical Garden

“Biodiversity driven ecological restoration and land management in the Ozark border region”

Sep 23 Zoe McElligott School of Medicine, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

“Under the influence: exploring the extended amygdala in the context of drugs, alcohol, and stress”

Sep 30 Michael Louison Department of Biology, McKendree University

“The science of fishing: Why (some) fish strike lures”

Oct 7 Tracey Hermanstyne Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

“The physiological role of Kv12 channels in regulating SCN neuronal excitability and behavior”

Oct 14 Michelle Rodrigues Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois

“Female Friendship in Fission-Fusion Societies: A Social Network Approach”

Oct 28 Dmitri Nusinow  Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

“Regulation of light, temperature, and circadian signaling by nuclear bodies in plants”

Nov 4 Monica Carlsen-Krause Science and Conservation Division,
Missouri Botanical Garden

“Rapid tropical plant radiations, is genomics the answer?” 

Nov 11 Mike Scharf Department of Entomology, Purdue University

“Fun with termites – from basic biology to novel biotechnology” 

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