September 10, 2013

Erica Even, Student Assistant

Fall 2013 Science Seminar Series

VALDOSTA – Valdosta State University’s Science Seminar Series continues this week with “Rational Decision Making in Irrational Circumstances: The Case of Texting While Driving” by Dr. Chuck Talor, associate professor of psychology at VSU, Thursday, Sept. 12. The seminar series is held at 4 p.m. every Thursday in Powell Hall Auditorium.

The series launched Aug. 22, with “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise, and Population Growth Threaten Florida’s Biodiversity” given by Dr. Joshua Reece, department of biology, VSU.  The following seminar held Aug. 29, was “Do Antarctic Icefishes with ‘Gin-Clear’ Blood have an Advantage?” by Dr. Theresa Grove, department of biology, VSU. On Sept. 5, “The Future of Biomedical Engineering” was presented by Dr. Bruce C. Wheeler of the Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida.

The rest of the line-up includes: “Extinction Rates in North American Aquatic Biotas and Attributes of Extinct North American Freshwater Fishes” by Noel Burkhead, biologist, United States Geological Survey (Sept. 19); “Chelation-Assisted, Copper (II) Acetate-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition and Amine Dehydrogenation” by Dr. Lei Zhu, Florida State University (Sept. 26); “Fire Over Russia: The Great Chelyabinsk Meteor of 2013” by Dr. Bill Cooke from the Marshall Space Flight Center (Oct. 3); TBA (Oct. 10); “Expression, Purification, Refolding, and Structural Investigation of the Membrane Protein, Lipoprotein Signal Peptidase (LspA) and Its Substrate LpqH by Solution and Solid State NMR” by Dr. Da Qun Ni, department of chemistry and biochemistry, FSU (Oct. 17); TBA (Oct. 24); “Risk Assessment for Nonindigenous Freshwater Fishes in Micronesia” by Dr. Stephen Walsh, USGS (Oct. 31); TBA (Nov. 7); “My Brief Stint in the ‘Science Wars:’ How Cold Fusion, Heidegger, and Dewey Helped  Me to Make Sense of It All” by Dr. William J. McKinney, president of VSU (Nov. 14); TBA (Nov. 21).

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