Wells College Announces Science Colloquium Events for February and March

February 6, 2020

The lecture series brings distinguished speakers to campus to discuss their work within a variety of scientific fields and disciplines.

Wells College is pleased to announce its Science Colloquium events taking place over the next several weeks. The series brings a wide range of guest lecturers to campus to discuss their work as it relates both to their specific field of inquiry and the world at large. 

Please note: all Science Colloquium events take place on Fridays from 12:25 to 1:20 p.m. in Stratton Hall room 209, unless otherwise noted. All talks are free and all members of the campus and local communities are welcome to attend.

Jodie Vanselow, U.S. Forest Service
“The Finger Lakes National Forest: Who We Are and What We Do”
Hosted by Niamh O’Leary, professor of environmental science
Jodie Vanselow is the district ranger for the Finger Lakes National Forest located in Hector, N.Y. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls with a bachelor of science in agriculture/soil science, and has worked with the Forest Service for close to 28 years in a variety of positions.

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020
Andrea Davalos, SUNY Cortland
“Gauging the Combined Effects of Deer, Earthworms and Invasive Plants on Native Vegetation”
Hosted by Jackie Schnurr, professor of biology and environmental science
Andrea Davalos, assistant professor of biological sciences at SUNY Cortland, is a graduate of Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and went on to earn a Ph.D. and master of science from Cornell University. Join us for a fun and informative presentation.

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
Natalie A. Jay ’17, SUNY Buffalo
“Investigation of the Enzymes Involved in Vitamin D Metabolism”
Hosted by Chris Bailey, professor of chemistry and chair, biological and chemical sciences program
Natalie Jay graduated from Wells College in 2017 with a bachelor of science in biochemistry and molecular biology, and is currently a biochemistry Ph.D. candidate at the University of Buffalo.

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
Tom Brooking, NY Sturgeon for Tomorrow
Topic: “Lake Sturgeon, King of Freshwater Fish: New York’s Very Own ‘River Monsters’”
Hosted by Niamh O’Leary, professor of environmental science
Join Tom Brooking, founder of NY Sturgeon for Tomorrow, for an engaging look at the world of lake sturgeon, with an overview of this fish species spanning from the 1800s until today. The presentation will include a hands-on educational display. Brooking has spent 28 years as a fish biologist with Cornell University working with walleye, yellow perch and lake sturgeon.

Friday, March 6, 2020
“Rural Health Immersion Experience”
Hosted by Lindsay Burwell, assistant professor of chemistry, and Kevin Ergil, director of the health sciences program
This event will feature previous participants of the Rural Health Immersion Program, which sends Wells students each year to hospitals and other facilities in rural areas of New York State that often face shortages of full-time physicians and health professionals. Students gain hands-on experience in a wide variety of health care activities, while the facility helps further meet the needs of its local community.




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