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Previous Seminars

Fall 2013

Sept. 4

"Mentoring as a Means of Knowing:  Communication and Trust"

Dr. Jerry Farris, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Biology
Dr. Anne Grippo, CSM Associate Dean and Professor of Biology
Dr. Travis Marsico, Assistant Professor of Biology and Curator of STAR Herbarium

Hosted by:  Dr. Anne Grippo, CSM Associate Dean

4:00 p.m., LSE 219

Sept. 18

"Development and Utilization of Genomic Tools to Accelerate Soybean Breeding"

Dr. Jenglu Li, Associate Professor
University of Georgia, Center for Applied Genetic Technologies

Hosted by:  Dr. Xiuzhen Huang

4:00 p.m., LSE 219

Sept. 25

"An Ongoing Tale of Two Plant Cap Binding Complexes:  eIF4F and eIFiso4F"

Dr. Karen Browning
University of Texas-Austin

Hosted by:  Dr. Argelia Lorence

4:00 p.m., ABI 107

Sept. 26

"Next-Generation Sequencing:  A Next Wave of Challenges, Opportunities and Anxiety"

Dr. Weida Tong, Director of Division of Bioinformatics and Bio-statistics, NCTR, FDA
Dr. Hong Fang, Senior Bioinformatician for the Office of Scientific Coordination, NCTR, FDA

Hosted by:  Xiuzhen Huang

4:00 p.m., LSE 219

Oct. 2

"Surface Chemistry of Environmentally-Important Organoarsenic Compounds With Iron (Oxyhydr)oxides Studied by ATR-FTIR, DFT Calculations, and Surface Complexation Modeling"

Dr. Hind Al-Abadleh
Wilfrid-Laurier University, Canada

Hosted by:  Hashim Ali

4:00 p.m., LSE 219

Oct. 4

"Developing an Early Maturing Pigeon pea to Increase Seed Production"

Mr. Siddique Imran Aboobucker
MBS Ph.D. Student

Hosted by:  Dr. Argelia Lorence

10:00 a.m., ABI 107

Oct. 16

"Deep Transcriptomes of Loblolly Pine:  Building References for Functional Genomics in the Largest Genome Sequenced to Date"

Dr. Keithanne Mockaitis
Indiana University

Hosted by:  Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar

4:00 p.m., ABI 107

Oct. 17

"Macro invertebrates as Bio-indicators of Water Quality in Wetlands of the Cache River Watershed, AR"

Ms. Jennifer Cobb
EVS (MS) Thesis Defense
Arkansas State University

Hosted by:  Dr. Jennifer Bouldin

2:00 p.m., ABI 107

Oct. 30

"Transition-Metal Chemistry:  Development of New Synthetic Tools"

Dr. John Hershberger, Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry
ASU, Dept. of Chemistry and Physics

Hosted by:  Dr. Argelia Lorence

4:00 p.m., LSE 219

Nov. 1

"Engineering Elevated Vitamin C Content in Rice (Oryza sativa) to Improve Abiotic Stress Tolerance"

Ms. Katherine A. Lisko
MBS Ph.D. Student
Dissertation Defense

Hosted by:  Dr. Argelia Lorence

11:00 a.m., ABI 107

Nov. 1

"Environmental Water Filtration Using TiO2"

Ms. Chenoa Summers
EVS MS Student
Thesis Proposal Defense

Hosted by:  Dr. Ross Carrol

1:00 p.m., LSE 508

Nov. 6

"Information Content of Multiple Plumage Traits and the Influence of Habitat in an Avian Visual Signaling System"

Dr. Than Boves, Assistant Professor or Ornithologist
ASU, Dept. of Biology

Hosted by:  Dr. Tanjia McKay

4:00 p.m., LSE 219

Nov. 13

"Identification of New Drug Leads From Terrestrial Natural Products"

Dr. Fatima Rivas
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Hosted by:  Dr. Argelia Lorence

4:00 p.m., ABI 107

Nov. 14

"Gene Representative Sets, An Intelligent Modular Replacement for Reference Genome Alignment"

Mr. Cody Ashby
MBS PhD Student
Candidacy(Research proposal Defense) Examination

Hosted by:  Dr. Xiuzhen Huang

10:00 a.m., ABI 107

Nov. 15

"Molecular and Biochemical Technologies for Modifying Plant Cell Walls and Producing Functional BioBased Products"

Ms. Ningning Zhang
MBS PhD Student
PhD Qualifying Exam

Hosted by:  Dr. Maureen Dolan and Dr. Jianfeng Xu

10:00 a.m., ABI 107

Nov. 20

"A Novel Hypothesis for Green Leafy Volatile Perception and Assimilation: Ligand - Induced Endocytosis Mediated by a Family of Receptor - Like Kinases"

Ms. Anastasia Cooper
MBS PhD Student
Candidacy (Research Proposal Defense) Examination

Hosted by:  Dr. Travis Marisco

9:00 a.m., ABI 220

Nov. 20

"Weaving Together Bio-Science and Computing for Strong Research and Learning Outcomes"

Dr. Joan Peckham
Professor and Chair of Computer Science & Statistics
University of Rhode Island

Hosted by:  Xiuzhen Huang

4:00 p.m., LSE 219

Dec. 3

"Gnathia marleyi Habitat Associations and Population Dynamics:  Using A Common Coral-Reef Parasite to Infer Community Structure and Impact in a Highly-Connected System"

Mr. John ArtimEVS PhD Student
PhD Proposal Defense

Hosted by:  Dr. Paul Sikkel

1:00 p.m., ABI 107

Dec. 9

"Soybean Microspore Doubled Haploids:  A Novel Approach"

Ms. Martina Garda
MBS PhD Student
PhD Qualifying Exam

Hosted by:  Dr. Greg Phillips

1:00 p.m., ABI 320

Dec. 11

"The Emerald Ash Borer Invasion of North America:  Ecological Impacts and the Quest for Resistance"

Dr. Daniel Herms
Chair of Entomology Dept.
Ohio State University

Hosted by:  Dr. Travis Marsico

4:00 p.m., LSE 219