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Darwin Keynote Speakers

From Molecules to Ecosystems Seminar Series 

For the past ten years the Department of Biology has been cultivating partnerships in order to build a science community. The goal is to create and maintain a community that exemplifies the spirit of experiential learning and community engagement. Through partnerships on and off campus a speaker series has been developed that sparks interest in a broad spectrum of the Wabash Valley.

Initially, a founding partner, the Department of Sciences and Mathematics at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, has helped build a small seminar series into a resource for the community. Internally, many campus groups such as the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, the Honors Program, First Year Experience,  College of Graduate Studies and Professional Studies, the Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity, the Women’s Studies Program, the Center for Science Education, The Center for Genomic Advocacy, Office of the President, and General Education have become stakeholders and have been working towards creating a Wabash Valley Science Community.

The Ultimate goal is to develop a community that broadens the scope of scholarship opportunities between students, faculty, and the general public in the Wabash Valley. Ideally we are creating a culture of scientific communication that allows us to host nationally and internationally recognized scientists to the Wabash Valley to interact with our students (both undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and the Terre Haute community. The Wabash Valley Science Community is facilitated through the keynote speaker series “From Molecules to Ecosystems

2016 Speakers 


Dr. James

Gillingham Central Michigan University

"Ancient Love: Social Behavior of New Zealand's Endangered Reptile, the Tuatara"

Dr. Anthony Clemons

New Mexico State University

DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE                                                                                                                                                                "Paralyzing Mosquito Development: An Alternative to Insect Repellants"

Dr. Jim Speer

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

EARTH DAY                                                                                                                                 

Dr. Eric McCluskey      

The Ohio State University

TRI-BETA                                                                                                                                                                                Landscape ecology approaches to Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake conservation

Dr. Joan Straussman

Washington University-St. Louis

WOMEN IN SCIENCE                                                                                                                                                                    "Social behavior and mutualism in the social amoeba
Dictyostelium discoideum and its bacterial symbionts"

Dr. Sussana Remold

University of Louisville

GRAM MICROBIOLOGY                                                                                                                                                        "Stalking the elusive generalist: Pseudomonas in the home"

Dr. Haixu Tang 

Indiana University

"Computational methods for characterizing spontaneous mutations in bacterial genomes using whole genome shotgun sequencing"

Dr. Shaad Ahmad

Indiana State University

"Genetic, Genomic and Computational Analyses of Heart Development in Drosophila."

Dr. Amit Singh 

University of Dayton

"Drosophila eye model to study patterning and disease"

Dr. Kun Huang     

The Ohio State University

"Imaging Genomics Approach for Cancer Patient Stratification" 

Dr. Michael Deem

Indiana State University

"Informational Opacity and Consent in Clinical Genomic Sequencing"                       

Dr. Hyunwoo Lee

College of Pharmacy University of Illinois at Chicago



2015 Speakers 


Dr. Manyuan Long  

Dept of Ecology and Evolution

"New Genes Drive Phenotypic Evolution: Little did We Learn from Metazoans and Plants"

Dr. Andrea Grunst

Indiana State University

"Condition-dependence, reproductive strategies and the expression of multiple sexual pigments in the yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia)."

Dr. Melissa Grunst 

Indiana State University

"Sexual signaling, adaptation and the adrenocortical stress response"

Dr. Alvaro Gurovich  

Indiana State University

"Exercise-induced blood flow patterns and endothelial function and gene expression"

Dr. Chris Martin

Indianapolis Zoological Society

ALLEE ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR                                                                                                                                                  "Comparing the cognition of great ape species through computerized touch-panel tasks"

David Wooten

Department of Life Sciences
Washtenaw Community College

DARWIN DAY                                                                                                                                                                             "Darwin: Books, Beetles, and Blasphemy"                                                                                 

Dr. Alan Bergland

Department of Biology
Stanford University

DOUBLE HELIX DAY                                                                                                                                                                "The genetic basis of life-history variation and adaptation to temperate environments in Drosophila"

Dr. Robin W. Kimmerer  

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Dr. Jeong-Ho Kim

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
George Washington University Medical Center


Dr. Ryan Jensen

Department of Geography
Brigham Young University

ROBERT MACARTHUR                                                                                           

Kevin S. Kinney, Ph.D.

 Department of Biology
DePauw University

TRIBETA                                                                                                                                                                                           "The Brain, Inflamed, and Changes under Strain."