Suter Science Seminars

Each year, a variety of expert scientists visit EMU’s campus to share their insights. In the tradition of the Suter Seminar series, three types of scholarly presentations have emerged. The majority are Science Research Seminars, which serve as examples of how research questions are addressed, data collected, and inferences formed. Once or twice a year, EMU alumni are featured in STEM Professional Seminars, in which they share the story of their professional journey and discuss the nature of their profession. And thirdly, occasional Science and Humanities Seminars explore connections between science, faith, social issues, and other topics from the humanities.

The Bergton Stream

At the end of each semester we also hear from EMU’s STEM students, some of whom have presented at national conferences and published research. December 7, 2016 is the next STEM student symposium. Don’t miss an exciting lineup!

Suter Science Seminar presentations are made possible by the sponsorship of the Daniel B. Suter Endowment in Biology and the co-sponsorship of supporting programs.

When and where

Seminars are held on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm in room 106 of the Suter Science Center unless otherwise noted. See the campus map for more info. Science seminars are free events, open to the public, and usually begin with refreshments and opportunities to meet the presenters.

Click here for a listing of 2016-17 seminars. For complete information about each seminar, see the list below.

Seminar videos

When permission is granted, videos of past seminars are made available for student access.

If you have a valid EMU ID, you can log in here to view videos. Choose the option to log in using EMU Moodle.

Fall 2016 Seminars

For complete information about each seminar, click the titles in the list below.

Wednesday, Sep 14 @ 4 p.m.
Stream Restoration, Ecological Monitoring and Community Engagement in a Shenandoah Watershed

Jim Yoder, PhD — Professor of Biology, Eastern Mennonite University

Wednesday, Sep 28 @ 4 p.m.
Flint’s Drinking Water Crisis and the Urgency to Reimagine Engineers’ Relationship with the Public

Yanna Lambrinidou, PhD — Affiliate Faculty in Science and Technology in Society, Virginia Tech

Wednesday, Oct 12 @ 4 p.m.
Going Underground: Unearthing Soil’s Role in a Changing Climate

Serita Frey, PhD — Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of New Hampshire

Saturday, Oct 15 @ 9:30 a.m.
Inflammation and Heart Disease in Patients with HIV Infection: Mechanisms of Disease and Possible Solutions for a Global Epidemic

Chris Longenecker, MD — Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Wednesday, Oct 26 @ 4 p.m.
What Color is Your Media? The Science of Using Digital Media in the Education of Diverse Populations

Kevin Clark, PhD — Director, Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity
George Mason University

Wednesday, Nov 9 @ 4 p.m.
The Hippocampome: A Comprehensive Knowledge Base of the Hippocampus (or Adventures in Big-Data Neuroscience)

Diek Wheeler, PhD – Research Assistant Professor, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies, George Mason University

Wednesday, Dec 7, 4-6 p.m.
STEM Student Research Symposium

EMU STEM Undergraduate students, EMU STEM departments

Spring 2017 Seminars

Wednesday, Jan 25 @ 4 p.m.
NASA Advances in Understanding the Solar System

Russell De Young, PhD — Senior Research Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center

Wednesday, Feb 8 @ 4 p.m.
Sticky Situations: Mucus Clearance in Cystic Fibrosis

Aaron Trimble, MD — Research Fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of North Carolina

Wednesday, Feb 22 @ 4 p.m.
Home Improvement for Your Heart: Cardiac Remodeling and Collagen VI

Jennifer Bryant, PhD — Associate Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Shenandoah University

Wednesday, Mar 22 @ 4:00 p.m.
Case Studies on Human Dis-Ease: Reflections on Health and Wellness Through the Lens of a Microscope

Alden Hostetter, MD – Community Pathologist, Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital

Wednesday, Apr 12 @ 4 p.m.
Making Medicines that Matter: Stories of Drug Discovery within Academia

Hollis Showalter, PhD — Research Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Michigan

Thursday, Apr 20, 3:50-6:30 p.m.
EMU Spring STEM Celebration

Quiz Show and Poster Session