Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

2017-2018 Biological Science Colloquium Series

Colloquia meet at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, in room 1024 King Life Sciences Building on the FSU campus in Tallahassee, Florida. Colloquia are open to the public; faculty meetings and graduate-student orientation are not.

Fall Series

  • September 14: Dr. Hengli Tang, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Stem cell-derived tissue culture models for viral infection
    Host: Dr. Hongchang Cui

  • September 21: Dr. Gregory M. Erickson, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Faunal composition, provinciality, and paleobiology of a late cretaceous arctic vertebrate assemblage revealed through cross-latitudinal comparisons
    Host: Dr. Hongchang Cui

  • September 28: Dr. Kyle E. Harms, Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
    Community assembly in high-diversity pine savanna groundcover
    Host: Dr. Thomas E. Miller

  • October 12: Dr. Bruce Edgar, Huntsman Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
    Stem cell control: regeneration and tumorigenesis in the Drosophila gut.
    Host: Dr. Wu-Min Deng

  • October 19: Dr. Yangchang Wang, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Florida State University
    The silencing of the spindle assembly checkpoint
    Host: Dr. Hongchang Cui

  • October 26: Dr. Jonathan N. Pruitt, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
    Keystone individuals in animal societies: some pros and cons
    Host: Carla Vanderbilt

  • November 9: Dr. Todd C. Holmes, Department of Physiology and Biophysics and Program in Neuroscience, University of California, Irvine, CA
    Novel direct phototransduction mechanisms in central brain neurons
    Host: Dr. Debra A. Fadool

  • November 16: Dr. Claude Gascon, The Global Environmental Facility
    From FSU to the Amazon and the world: the true value of an FSU PhD!
    Host: Dr. Joseph Travis

  • November 30: Dr. Philip J. Kranzusch, Department of Cancer Immunology and Virology Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
    Ancient cGAS-STING pathways link bacteria signaling and human innate immunity
    Host: Dr. Fanxiu Zhu

Spring Series

  • January 25: Dr. Victor G. Corces, Department of Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    Mechanisms of transgenerational inheritance of obesity epiphenotypes
    Host: To be announced

  • February 8: Dr. Matthew Hahn, Department of Biology, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN
    Adaptation and speciation in Anopheles mosquitoes: a virtuous cycle
    Host: Dr. Emily M. Lemmon

  • February 15: Dr. J. Wilson White, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
    How many males does a population need? Investigations of sex-changing fish and sex-changing chemicals
    Host: Ellen Kosman / Dr. Don Levitan

  • February 22: Dr. Jeffrey Wilusz, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
    How RNA viruses escape the wrath of the cellular RNA decay machinery
    Host: Dr. Hengli Tang

  • March 8: Dr. Iswar Hariharan, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
    Genetic control of growth and regeneration
    Host: Sarayu Row

  • March 22: Dr. David W. Pfennig, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
    Plasticity-first evolution: how novelty emerges from pre-existing phenotypic plasticity
    Host: Dr. Emily M. Lemmon

  • March 29: Dr. Don Levitan, Chair, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    The evolution of gametic compatibility OR what I did to maintain sanity as Chair
    Host: Dr. Joseph Travis

  • April 12: Dr. Luke J. Harmon, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
    Scaling the tree of life: connecting macroevolutionary pattern to microevolutionary process
    Host: Dr. Darin R. Roktya

  • April 19: Dr. Hengli Tang, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Stem cell-derived tissue culture models for viral infection
    Host: Dr. Hongchang Cui