Portland State’s October biology seminars feature trout genetics, neuroendocrine mechanisms and an invasive ash borer

If you love biology and live or work near the Portland State University campus, you might consider grabbing a brown bag lunch or a latte and making it over to the PSU Biology Department‘s Lester Newman Seminar Series in October.

Seminars are presented from noon to 1 p.m. each Thursday in Room 247 of the Science Research and Teaching Center. PSU biology faculty typically either present each talk or host a speaker from other universities or science-related organizations. The seminars offer an opportunity to explore current biological research happening locally and beyond.

Give your neurons a work out by exploring biological research through a seminar series at Portland State University. Freeimages.com

Give your neurons a work out by exploring biological research through a seminar series at Portland State University. Freeimages.com

The schedule of October seminars is as follows:

• Oct. 1 — “Genetics and Conservation in Rainbow Trout,” presented by Gary Thorgaard of Washington State University, hosted by Kim Brown of PSU.

• Oct. 8 — “Sex and Candy: Neuroendocrine Mechanisms Mediating Seasonal Life-History Transitions,” presented by Deborah Lutterschmidt* of PSU, hosted by PSU’s Promotion and Tenure Committee.

• Oct. 15 — “Causes and Consequences of A Host Range Expansion of Emerald Ash Borer in North America,” presented by Don Cipollini of Wright State University, hosted by Daniel Ballhorn* of PSU.

• Oct. 22 — Topic to be announced. Speaker will be Shelley Mason of Science Data Publishing, and host will be Randy Zelick* of PSU.

• Oct 29 — Topic to be announced. Speaker will be Tom Santangelo of Colorado State University. Hosts will be Ken Stedman (biology) and Dirk Iwata-Reuyl (chemistry), both of PSU.

For more information, and to preview the schedule of November and December seminars, visit the seminar series’ website.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
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(*Full disclosure: Lutterschmidt, Ballhorn and Zelick were professors of the author, who earned a biology degree from PSU in 2013.)

 

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