Suter Science Seminars

Each year, dozens of expert scientists visit EMU’s campus to share their insights. Some focus on their cutting edge research and work in the field, and some share perspectives on social reform and sustainability in the context of science.

At the end of each semester we also hear from STEM students, some of whom have presented at national conferences and published research. December 7, 2015 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 usually held 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.

The complete seminar schedule is available as a PDF file here: Suter Seminar Series Booklet 2015-16

Or, click the titles below for details about each seminar:

Fall 2015 Seminars

Friday, Sep 11 @ 4 p.m.
A Liver Transplant Journey

Scott Matherly, MD — Assistant Professor of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University
Co-sponsored by EMU MA in Biomedicine Program

Monday, Sep 21 @ 4 p.m.
The Changing World of Transplant Ethics

Sigrid Fry-Revere, JD, PhD — Ethicist, Washington Regional Transplant Community
Co-sponsored by EMU School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Friday, Oct 2 @ 4 p.m.
The Climate’s Changing…So Why Aren’t We?

Todd Wynward — Author, Activist and Educator
Co-sponsored by EMU Campus Ministries

Saturday, Oct 10 @ 9 a.m.
Echoes of the Heart: A Cardiologist Uses Poetry and Photography to Treat Patients … and Himself

Joseph Gascho, MD — Cardiologist, Professor of Humanities & Medicine, Milton S Hershey College of Medicine
Co-sponsored by EMU Language & Literature Department

Monday, Oct 19 @ 4 p.m.
The What, Who, Why and How of Swimming Behavior in the Leech

W. Otto Friesen, PhD — Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Virginia
Co-sponsored by EMU Mathematical Sciences Department

Friday, Nov 6 @ 4 p.m.
Sex Ratio Bias Under Climate Change in the Tuatara, an Endemic New Zealand Reptile

Kristine Grayson, PhD – Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Richmond

Monday, Nov 16 @ 4 p.m.
Providing Translational Medicine Services in the Modern Healthcare Landscape

Adam Heaps, MS — Administrative Director, Clinic for Special Children
Co-sponsored by EMU MA in Biomedicine Program

Monday, Nov 23 @ 4 p.m.
Novel Treatments for Childhood Malnutrition; the Power of Peanuts

Thaddaeus May, MD — Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine
Co-sponsored by EMU MA in Biomedicine Program

Friday, Dec 4 @ 4 p.m.
Will Conservation Farming Ever Be the Most Profitable Option?

Charles Benbrook, PhD — Agricultural Consultant, Benbrook Consulting Services
Co-sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension

Monday, Dec 7 @ 4 p.m.
Fall Student Research Symposium

EMU STEM Undergraduate Students, EMU STEM Departments
Schedule of Student Presentations

See below for abstracts and bios for each presentation:
Hannah Daley
Alex Bender and Samuel Miller
Chris Miller
Diego Barahona and Kat Lehman
Viktor Kaltenstein and Seth Suttles
Janaya Sachs
Derek Harnish and Eli Wenger
Kaylee Ferguson and Jared Fernandez

Spring 2016 Seminars

Friday, Jan 15 @ 4 p.m.
A Quiet Revolution: Health Care Narrative (How Stories Can Help Transform Health Care)

Beth Toner, MJ, RN — Senior Communications Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Co-sponsored by EMU MS in Nursing Program

Handout: Resources for Health Care Narrative

Friday, Feb 5 @ 4 p.m.
Goiters, Gunshots, and Gastroschisis: Tales from a Surgical Residency

Laura H. Rosenberger, MD, MS — Surgical Breast Oncology Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Co-sponsored by EMU MA in Biomedicine Program and EMU Development Office

Wednesday, Feb 10 @ 4 p.m.
In Pursuit of the Fanged Frogs

David McLeod, PhD — Assistant Professor of Biology, James Madison University
Note the revised date of this seminar; re-scheduled from January due to inclement weather.

Tuesday, Feb 16 @ 2:45 p.m. (Note different time due to weather!)
The Conundrum of Cure: A Global Case Study of Hepatitis C

Kevin Steiner, MD, PhD — Internal Medicine Resident, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Co-sponsored by EMU School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Monday, Feb 22 @ 4 p.m.
Painting a Picture of Pain

Jason Wells, PhD — Associate Professor of Neurosciences, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Co-sponsored by EMU MA in Biomedicine Program

Monday, Mar 21 @ 4 p.m.
The Answers Are There: How ‘Changing Our Lenses’ Opens Up Critical Resources for Peace, Development, and Community Health

Libby Hoffman, MALD — Founder and President, Catalyst for Peace
Co-sponsored by EMU School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Friday, Apr 8 @ 4 p.m.
Reevaluating the Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological & Spiritual Approaches to the Study of Moral Injury

Jason Nieuwsma, PhD — Associate Director, VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy Program
Co-sponsored by EMU Psychology Department and the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding

Monday, Apr 11 4 p.m.
Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Design, Evolution, and Human Origins

Deborah Haarsma, PhD — President, BioLogos
Co-sponsored by Café Veritas (Church of the Incarnation) and the Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society

Thursday, Apr 21 @ 3:50 p.m.
Spring STEM Celebration

Judging criteria for poster show
Quiz Show and Poster Session, SC106 and the lower level concourse