List of Speakers for Fall 2019 Science Colloquium Series Announced

September 2, 2019
This semester, the weekly series will feature guest speakers presenting on everything from biology, physics and environmental science to the pharmaceutical industry and equine research.

Wells College is pleased to announce the list of guest speakers for its fall 2019 Science Colloquium series. Each Friday afternoon during the fall and spring semesters, speakers from both on and off campus present on a topic of interest to the science community.

Please note: all events take place in Stratton Hall, room 209, at 12:25 p.m. A campus map and driving directions are available at

Science Colloquium: Fall 2019

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
Steve Suprenant
Fresh Water Friends
"Transforming Lives . . . Just Add Water"

Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
Eve Vavagiakis
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University
"Shedding Light on our Cosmos with Current and Future Cosmic Microwave Background Observatories"

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
Pamela Badian-Pessot '14
Graduate Student, Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University
Topic: Operations Research and Information Engineering

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019
Kevin Zippel, R.N.
Cayuga County Health Department
"Vaccines and Reproductive Health"

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
Thomas J. Divers, DVM
Rudolph J. and Katharine L. Steffen Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
"Equine Research: Clinical, Collaborative and Comparative"

Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
Mishkat Bhattacharya
Associate Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of Technology
"The Laws of Levitation"

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
Christopher Bailey
Professor of Chemistry and Chair, Biological & Chemical Sciences, Wells College
"A Brief History of Wells College's Science Facilities"

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
Sarah Ingersoll Murphy
Doctoral student, Department of Food Science, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Cornell University
"Tackling Food Waste by Reducing Microbial Food Spoilage"

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
"Spooky Science Colloquium"
This special Halloween edition of Science Colloquium will feature a science-themed costume contest and some spooky science presentations by Wells College faculty.

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
Nathan Tumey
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Binghamton University
"Macromolecular Medicinal Chemistry: Strategies for Optimizing Antibody-Drug-Conjugates"

Friday, Nov. 15, 2019
Niamh O'Leary
Professor of Environmental Science, Wells College
"Cayuga Then and Now: 50 Years in the Life of Cayuga Lake"

Friday, Nov. 22, 2019
James Babcock
Lab Manager and Environmental Health & Safety Officer, Wells College
"The Role of Culture Media Formulation in the Development of Biopharmaceutical Production Systems"

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 - CANCELLED
Andrea Dávalos
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, SUNY Cortland
"Gauging the Combined Effects of Deer, Earthworms and Invasive Plants on Native Vegetation"

About the Science Colloquium Series

The Science Colloquium series at Wells College presents a speaker each week to discuss their work within a variety of scientific fields and disciplines. Held on Fridays during the lunch hour in Stratton Hall 209, past speakers have included external speakers, Wells faculty, and students and alumni on topics ranging from biology, environmental science and chemistry to planetary science, health sciences and pharmacology. For more information about the weekly Science Colloquium lecture series, or about the sciences at Wells College, please contact Christina Schmidt, assistant professor of biology, at or 315.364.3473.

About Wells College

Wells College is a nationally recognized private coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. Wells, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, has remained committed to providing a quality education to students through small, interactive classes in multiple disciplines and engaging coursework relevant to life in a changing world. Integrated hands-on learning opportunities, a connected community, and diverse educational opportunities give students the ability to take part in their own educations and prepare them to be active citizens and leaders. More info at

Our mission is for every student to think critically, reason wisely and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. On our beautiful lakeside campus, students gain the knowledge, skills and experience to create their own unique path.

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