Life Sciences

CELL BIOLOGY
 
Curiosity, Creativity, Communication, and Coping
John C. Chappell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute; Roanoke VA - September 11, 2019
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)

How to Survive Through Stress: Lessons Learned from Cancer Cells
Dr. Deepali Bhandari, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University Long Beach; February 20, 2019 - Long Beach, CA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Bhandari Lab Website

Toxoplasma gondii: Master Cellular Hijacker
Dr. Pascale S. Guiton, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Cal State East Bay; October 25, 2018 - Hayward, CA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Guiton Lab Website  -  Toxoplasma Worksheet (pdf)
Activities
Additional Information

Controlling the Cell's Blueprint
Dr. Angie Hilliker, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Richmond; September 25, 2018 - Richmond, VA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Hilliker Website - Visualization Resources Handout (pdf)

From Farm to Phage
Dr. Andrea Beyer, Assistant Professor, Virginia State University; March 21, 2018 - Petersburg, VA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  VSU Biology Website

Transcription/Epigenetic Factors As Therapeutic Drug Targets
Dr. Sepideh Khorasanizadeh, Integrative Metabolism Program, SBP Medical Discovery Institute; March 29, 2017 - Orlando, FL
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf) -  SBP MDI Website

New Tools to Understand How Large Groups of Brain Cells Work Together to Drive Action
Dr. Peyman Golshani, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; February 23, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA

Viruses and Diseases
Dr. Jackie Dudley, Professor, Dept. of Molecular Biosciences, University of Texas at Austin; January 24, 2017 - Austin, TX
Video (mp4) -   Virology Video (similar to one shown at session)
DNA Paperclip Activity (pdf) -  Professor Jacqueline Dudley's Website - including Research, Student Opportunities, and Centers / Laboratories

Curiosity, Creativity, Communication, and Coping 
Dr. John C. Chappell, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; February 9, 2016 - Roanoke, VA
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf)
Activities
   -  Cell Communication                                                
Additional Information
  -  Mini Medical School - Hematology                                 

Bugs, Thugs, and the Law 
Dr. David Rivers, Director of Forensic Studies Minor, Loyola University Maryland; December 3, 2015 - Baltimore, MD
Activities

Matrix Biology and Science Education 
Dr. Isi Ero-Tolliver, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Hampton University; October 22, 2015 - Hampton, VA
Video (mp4) -  Ziplock Bag Chemistry: Teacher Guide / Student Guide (pdf)  -  Edible Cell Lesson Plan (pdf)

From Country Boy to Neuroscientist: A Winding Path, a Colorful Vision
Dr. Michael Grace, Associate Dean, College of Science, Professor of Biological Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology; September 29, 2015 - Melbourne, FL

Cryo-Electron Microscopy and Live Cancer Cell Imaging 
Dr. Debbie Kelly, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; March 26, 2015 - Roanoke, VA
Video (wmv)  -  Slides (pptx) -  The Kelly Lab Website

Healed by a Crocodile: The Search for Novel Antibiotics 
Dr. Monique Van Hoek, Associate Professor, NCBID, George Mason University; February 12, 2015 - Manassas, VA
Video (wmv)  -  Slides (pdf) -  Van Hoek Website

Neurotransmitters, Transporters, and Flies 
Dr. David Krantz, Associate Professor in Residence, Dept of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA; January 28, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA

Immune system and allergies 
Dr. John J. Ryan, Immunologist, Virginia Commonwealth University; October 9, 2013 – Richmond, VA
Video (wmv)  -  Slides (ppsx) -  VCU Department of Biology

Cell Biology, Staph infection, Drug development 
Dr. Susan McDowell, Department of Biology, Ball State University; September 27, 2012 - Indianapolis, IN  
Activities
Additional Information

Biochemistry, protein structure and folding 
Dr. Clark Gedney, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University; September 26, 2012 - West Lafayette, IN
 

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
 
Paleontology: Rediscovering the natural history of biodiversity on Earth
Adam Pritchard, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Paleontology, Virginia Museum of Natural History; September 12, 2019 - Danville, VA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)
 

Small Ruminants at VSU: Making Assisted Reproduction Work on Small Farms
Dr. Stephen Wildeus, Professor, College of Agriculture; May, 2019 - Petersburg, VA
 

Life in the Fast Lane: Effects of Sustained Swimming on Growth and Performance of Juvenile Fishes
Dr. Sue Lowery, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, University of San Diego; February 19, 2019 - San Diego, CA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  USD Lowery Website
Activities
  -  Build a Fish      
Additional Information
  -  Fish Muscles    
 

Muscles Have Feelings Too: Unraveling How Stretch Sensitive Muscle Neurons Work & What Makes Them Malfunction
Dr. Katie Wilkinson, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University; October 24, 2018 - San Jose, CA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Wilkinson Website  -  Cockroach Activity (pdf)  -  Katie's Resources List  (pdf)
Activities
  -  Reflexes Activities        
  -  What's the Connection? (pdf)
Additional Information
  -  Where Are the Neuroscience Jobs?          
 

Sex, Ageing and Clocks
Dr. Jennifer Swann, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Lehigh University; October 3, 2018 - Lehigh Valley, PA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Swann Website - Project Neuron Handout (pdf) - Tick Tick Handout (pdf)
 

Seasonal Reproductive Sheep Physiology and the Pre-Health Professions Program at Ferrum College
Dr. Katie Goff, Associate Professor of Biology, Ferrum College; September 12, 2018 - Rocky Mount, VA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Goff Website
 

The Microbiome and Human Metabolism
Dr. Karen D. Corbin, Investigator, Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes; Februrary 28, 2018 - Orlando, FL
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf)  -  TRI Website
 

Complementary and Alternative Medicines: Friend, Foe or Fraud?
Dr. Chris Thompson, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Loyola University Maryland; November 13, 2017 - Baltimore, MD
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf)  -  Prayer Research Paper (pdf)  -  Anthrax Green Tea Paper (pdf)  -  Loyola Biology Website
 

The Selfish Microbiome
Dr. Patrick Gillevet, Director, Microbiome Analysis Center, Professor , Department of Biology, George Mason University; March 16, 2017 - Manassas, VA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf) -  GMU Microbiome Website
 

Exercise Science: A Launch Pad for a Career in the Health Sciences and Beyond
Dr. Jessica L. Kutz, Assistant Professor, Exercise Science, Shenandoah University; February 16, 2017 - Middletown, VA
 

Acute Therapies For Stroke Translational Stroke Research
Dr. Louise D. McCullough, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology, McGovern Medical School, UT Health Science Center at Houston; January 26, 2017 - Houston, TX
 
 

Artemisinin Regulation of Androgen Receptor in Prostate Cancer Cells
Dr. Shyam Sundar, Faculty, Biology Department, Ohlone College; September 29, 2016 - Fremont, CA
 

Skeletal Muscle Adaptation(s): From the Field to the Lab and Clinic
Dr. Robert Standley, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Translational Research Institute For Metabolism And Diabetes; March 3, 2016 - Orlando, FL
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf) -  TRI Website
 

High? Low? Fast or Slow? Blood Pressure, Medical Science, and the Art of Asking Questions
Dr. Dena Rifkin, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego Health; February 18, 2016 - San Diego, CA
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf)  -  UCSD Nephrology Website
 

Insights into the Teenage Brain
Dr. Adriana Galván, Associate Professor of Psychology, Brain Research Institute, UCLA; February 16, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf) -  UCLA BRI Website
 

Key Concepts and Principles of Learning and Memory
Dr. John Byrne, Professor and Chairman, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Associate Dean for Research, UTHealth, McGovern Medical School; January 25, 2016 - Houston, TX
 

Biomarkers of Traumatic Brain Injury
Dr. Cameron Jeter, Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry, UT Health Science Center at Houston; February 25, 2015 - Houston, TX
Video (wmv)  -  Slides (pdf) -  Dr. Jeter's Website
 

Studying the Sense of Smell Using Worms
Dr. Elissa Hallem, Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Department, University California Los Angeles; January 28, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA
Video (wmv)  -  Slides (pdf) -  Dr. Hallem's Lab Website
 

Brain Synapses and Learning
Dr. Michael Friedlander, Director, VT Carilion Research Institiute; February 25, 2014 - Roanoke, VA
 

Chocolate, Epicatecins and Heart Disease
Dr. Pam Taub, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSD; January 30, 2014 - San Diego, CA 
 
 

Genetics of diabetes and other common diseases
Dr. Leslie J. Raffel, Assoc. Director, Common Diseases Genetics Prgm, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; January 29, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA
 

Huntington's Disease research
Dr. William Yang, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; February 26, 2013- Los Angeles, CA
 
 

BIOTECHNOLOGY
 
Parasite Developmental Biology and Antimalarial Drug Discovery
Dr. Kirsten Hanson, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, UT San Antonio; March 6, 2019 - San Antonio, TX
 

Molecular Diagnostics + Automation: Impacting Patient Lives through Accurate and Reliable Clinical Testing
Dr. Tamara Johnson, Scientist, R&D Assay Development, Hologic; February 19, 2019 - San Diego, CA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Hologic Website
 

Techniques and Skills for Biotech
Godfrey Ssenyonga, Forensics Biology Laboratory Instructor, Frederick Community College, Senior Laboratory Technician/ Lab manager, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; November 1, 2018 - Frederick, MD
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  - FCC Bioprocessing Program Brochure (pdf)

Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering of Plants
Hannah Weeden, Research Technologist, Central PA Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels; October 4, 2018 - Harrisburg, PA

Evolution of Antibacterial Discovery
Dr. Laura McDowell, Senior Investigator, Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research; October 10, 2017 - Hayward, CA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Novartis R&D Website
Additional Information
  -  The Drug Development Process                                  

Creating Vaccines, Protecting Life
Dr. Brian Schanen, Associate Director of Systems Approaches, Sanofi Pasteur VaxDesign; March 29, 2017 - Orlando, FL
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf) -  VaxDesign Website

An Introduction to Bioinformatics and Teaching it in the Classroom
Dr. Ashley Haines, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Norfolk State University; October 18, 2016 - Norfolk, VA
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf) -  NSU Biology Website

Signal Transduction & Precision Medicine
Dr. Claudius Mueller, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, George Mason University; April 5, 2016 - Manassas, VA
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf) -  GMU CAPMM Website

TechLab, Inc. & Careers in the Life Sciences
Rob Day, Chief Operating Officer, TechLab; February 9, 2016 - Roanoke, VA
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf) -  TechLab Website
 

Industrial Microbiology Uses and Symbiosis
Rasmus Rune Hansen, Sr. Department Manager of R&D, Novozymes Biologicals, Inc; March 26, 2015 - Roanoke, VA
 

The Promise of Pluripotent Stem Cells
Dr. Joanna Asprer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology, Life Sciences Group, ThermoFisher Scientific; January 29, 2015 - San Diego, CA
 

Multi-pronged Approach to Treat Cancer
Dr. Jonathan Rios-Doria, Scientist II, Oncology Research, MedImmune; September 10, 2014 - Baltimore, MD
Video (wmv)  -  Slides (pps)
 

Drug development, Drug Packaging, Bioassays
Dr. Shawn Bairstow, Research Scientist II, Medical Products: Pharmaceutical Development, Baxter Healthcare Corporation; November 6, 2013 – Chicago, IL
Additional Information

Nanoscience, novel research on statins
Dr. Gloria Gutierrez, Principal Scientist, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute; March 21, 2013 – San Antonio, TX 
 

Drug development
Dr. Robert Kernstock, Astellas Pharma Global Development; October 9, 2012 - Oak Brook, IL 
Video (wmv)  -  Slides (pptx) -  Astellas Pharma website
 

Nanotechnology, cancer detection
Dr. Alessandra Luchini, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, George Mason University; September 18, 2012 - Manassas, VA
 

ECOLOGY
 
Bees and Bytes: Advancing Science Using Tools of the Maker Movement
Dr. Jeff Groff, Chair, Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences, Sheperd University; March 26, 2018 - Martinsburg, WV
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Groff Website
 

Bugs, Plants, and Microbes
Dr. Josephine Antwi, Assistant Professor, University of Mary Washington; November 8, 2018 - Fredericksburg, VA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  UMW Biology Website
 

The Smell of Success in Snakes: Hormonal Control of Pheromone Production in Snakes
Dr. Rocky Parker, Assistant Professor of Biology, James Madison University; September 11, 2018 - Harrisonburg, VA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Parker Website

Watershed Ecology Center Outreach
Dr. Jack A. Turner, Retired Professor of Biology, Director of the Watershed Ecology Center, USC Upstate; April 26, 2018 - Spartanburg, SC
Video (mp4)  -  Slides(pdf)  -  WEC Website

Bringing Ecological Research to the Classroom to Teach Quantitative Literacy
Dr. Kristine Grayson, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Richmond; April 27, 2017 - Chester, VA
Dr. Jordanna Sprayberry, Assistant Professor of Biology, Muhlenberg College; November 3, 2016 - Allentown, PA
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf) -  Sprayberry Lab Website

Turtles and Turtle Egg Physiology
Dr. Todd Rimkus, Professor & Department Chair, Biology & Physical Sciences, Marymount University; October 20, 2016 - Arlington, VA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf) -  Marymount Biology Website

Frog and Salamander Biodiversity / The Direction of Post-Secondary STEM Education & Research
Dr. Kerry Cresawn, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, James Madison University; October 12, 2016 - Harrisonburg, VA

Wildsumaco Biological Station
Travis W. Knowles, Associate Professor of Biology and Director, Wildsumaco Biological Station, Francis Marion University; September 15, 2016 - Florence, SC

Electrophoresis, Fish Reproduction, and Bacterial Genetics
Dr. Bert Ely, Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, Director, Center for Science Education, University of South Carolina; March 16, 2016 - Columbia, SC

Assembling the Conservation Puzzle: Conservation Science and Decision Making
Dr. Stephanie Lessard-Pilon, Term Assistant Professor of Conservation Studies, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation; February 10, 2016 - Front Royal, VA

Ecology Evolution & Behavior
Dr. Daniel I. Bolnick, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin; January 27, 2016 - Austin, TX
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf) -  Bolnick Lab Website

Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity
Dr. James Vonesh, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University; October 1, 2014 - Richmond, VA

The Environment and You, All Part of the Web
Dr. James Saunders, Retired Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Towson University; September 10, 2014 - Baltimore, MD

Stream testing, Fish population analysis
Dr. Jerry Sweeten, Department of Biology, Manchester University; September 25, 2012 - Logansport, IN   
Activities
  -  What's in Your Stream Lesson Plan                              
  -  Evaluating a Stream Lesson Plan and Lab - Virginia SOL focused
Additional Information
 
 
 
 
 
MARINE BIOLOGY
 
Marine Science Careers & the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group
Kate Mansfield, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Central Florida; April 8, 2019 - Orlando, FL

How to Study Dolphins Without Really Trying
Dr. Samuel Urmy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; October 23, 2018 - Monterey Bay, CA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  MBARI Education Resources

Marine Behavioral Biology: Caribbean Spiny Lobsters
Dr. Michael Childress, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences Department, Clemson University; April 25, 2018 - Clemson, SC
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Childress Lab Website  -  Resources Handout (pdf)
 

Coral ecology, coral diseases and bleaching: What will coral reefs look like in the future?
Dr. Laura D. Mydlarz, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Texas at Arlington; March 29, 2018 - Dallas, TX

Coral and Phage Research
Dr. Forest Rohwer, Professor, Department of Biology, San Diego State University; January 22, 2018 - San Diego, CA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  Rohwer and Wegley Kelly Lab News Website (free downloadable phage book available!)

Deep-sea carbon uptake off the California Coast?
Dr. Christine Huffard, Senior Research Technician, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; October 12, 2017 - Moss Landing, CA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf)  -  MBARI Website

Hobcaw Barony and the USC Baruch Marine Field Laboratory
Dr. James L. Pinckney, Professor, Marine Science Program and  Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina; September 14, 2016 - Columbia, SC
Video (mp4)  -  Slides (pdf) -  Estuarine Ecology Lab directed by Dr. Pinckney
 
 
 
 
 
 

BOTANY
 
My Story, Rare Plant Conservation
Dr. Alan Griffith, Professor of Biology, University of Mary Washington; October 26, 2017 - Fredericksburg, VA
Video (mp4) -  Slides (pdf)  -  UMW Biology Website

Exploiting Genomics and Team Science for Better Management of Plant Diseases
Dr. John McDowell, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Tech; February 15, 2017 - Roanoke, VA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides(pdf) -  McDowell Lab Website

“Animals” that Photosynthesize and “Plants” that Eat
Dr. Dale Holen, Associate Professor of Biology, PSU Worthington-Scranton; November 2, 2016 - Scranton, PA
Video (mp4)  -  Slides(pdf) - Holen Lab Webpage

Symbiotic relations, Fungal infections, Plant Toxins
Dr. T.J. Sullivan, Molecular Ecologist, Indiana University-Kokomo; September 11, 2013 – Kokomo, IN
Video (wmv)   -  Slides (ppsx) -  College of Sciences at IU
Activities
  -  Root Nodulation Lab (PDF)                                        
  -  Microbes in Action Lab (PDF)

Botany, Plants of Indiana
Michael Homoya, Indiana Department of Natural Resources; September 27, 2012 - Indianapolis, IN
Activities
  -  Monsanto Teacher Resources for the Classroom            
Additional Information
  -  Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society