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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Friday Seminar Series

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The Department of Biological Scicences holds regular seminars that are open to all students, faculty, and the public.  The featured guest speakers present cutting edge research related to the biologcal sciences and are from local and national institutes. 


Seminars occur Fridays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the new Clinical Science Building, room #112


Below is the schedule for the Fall 2017 semester.  Spring 2018 schedule is still pending.  We hope to see you there!



 Sept 15           Dr. Kelsey Metzger
                         Assistant Profesor of Biology, Life Sciences
                         Univerisity of Minnesota, Rochester
                         Title:  Flipped, Backwards, and Upside Down: Student-centered curriculum design, implementation, and assessment


Sept. 22            MSU Biological Sciences Graduate Student Flash Talks (5 minute thesis presentations):
                         Alicia Freeman, Alexandra Grond, Sirri Ngwa, Melissa Oubre and Quan Tran


Sept. 29            Dr. Penny Knoblich, Department of Biological Sciences
                         Dr. Mary Hadley, Department of Chemistry
                         Title:  The effect of nonnutritive sweeteners added to a liquid diet on volume, caloric intake and weight gains in rats


Oct. 6                Mr. Derek Korplea and Dr. Mark Rutherford
                          University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine
                          Title:  Targeting adrenergic signaling to inhibit metabolic plasticity of hemangiosarcomas


Oct. 13              Ms. Cari Graber,  MS Candidate
                          Department of Biological Sciences graduate student presentation


Oct. 27              Dr. Jon Ritter
                          Ladenson Professor, Pathology & Immunology
                          Section Head, Surgical Pathology
                          Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
                          Title:  Pumonary Transplants Pathology: Lessons Old and New (hint: not all inflammation is bad)


Nov. 3                Ms. Maddie Michels-Boyce, MS Candidate
                          Department of Biological Sciences graduate student presentation
                          Title:  Cold-climate adaptation in lizards: A common-garden experiment


Nov. 10              Ms. Josie Boyle
                          Chankaska Creek Winery and Ranch
                          Title:  Champagne on Ice:  The opportunities & challenges of making sparkling wines in Minnesota


Nov. 17              Dr. Melissa Blessing
                          Neuropathology Fellow, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
                          Mayo Clinic Health System, Rochester, MN
                          Title:  Forensic Pathology and Public Health: What lives beneath the surface?


Dec 1                 Dr. Yuta Kawarasaki
                          Gustavus Adolphus College


                                                                              Minnesota State University Mankato
                                                                                Department of Biological Sciences
                                                                              S-242 Trafton Science Center South
                                                                                             Mankato, MN 56001
                                                                                                 (507) 389-2786

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