STETSON SPOTLIGHT SERIES PRESENTS: LYNN KEE

The 2018-19 Stetson Spotlight Series continues on November 30 with a presentation by Dr. Lynn Kee, Assistant Professor of Biology, who will speak on “Investigating the Microbial Rainbow of Iridescent Bacteria”.

Date: Friday, November 30
Time: 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Location: Sage 159 – A hands on in lab classroom
Snacks will be available. All are welcome!

SPOTLIGHT NOW OFFERS CULTURAL CREDIT!
Please encourage your students to attend.


Click here for a complete schedule of Stetson’s Spotlight Series.

Investigating the Microbial Rainbow of Iridescent Bacteria”

Color is a ubiquitous characteristic shared in living organisms. Specific multicellular organisms like peacocks and butterflies exhibit dazzling colors due to the structural color phenomenon known as iridescence. My project investigates how unicellular organisms of bacteria display iridescence in hues of green, red, orange and yellow, when grown in culture utilizing microscopy and genomics tools.  In my interactive seminar, you will experience how we culture bacteria in lab and use microscopes to visualize individual bacterial cells that are invisible to our naked eyes.

Lynn Kee, Ph.D., grew up in Malaysia and Japan. She earned her B.S. and Ph.D at the University of Michigan in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, where she investigated how the “cars” in our cells travel along the “highways” to reach a specialized signaling center. At Stetson, she is studying biological processes in microorganisms using a combination of microscopy and molecular tools.

Stetson Spotlight Series

The Stetson Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement to the campus community. Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Click here for a complete schedule of the Stetson Spotlight Series.

Stetson Spotlight Series presents: Benjamin Tanner

The 2018-19 Stetson Spotlight Series continues on October 26 with a presentation by Dr. Benjamin Tanner,  Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies, who will speak on “Sediment Archive of Seagrass Dynamics in Mosquito and Indian River Lagoons”

Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Lynn Business Center – 124
Snacks will be available. All are welcome!

SPOTLIGHT NOW OFFERS CULTURAL CREDIT!
Please encourage your students to attend.

Click here for a complete schedule of Stetson’s Spotlight Series.

Sediment Archive of Seagrass Dynamics in Mosquito and Indian River Lagoons”

Seagrass beds are abundant in Florida and are estimated to cover several million acres of our estuaries and nearshore environments. Unfortunately our seagrass beds have experienced significant historical declines and algal blooms, driven partly by anthropogenic nutrient inputs, may be responsible for some of the loss. There is a need to supplement current seagrass monitoring efforts with a study of the long term dynamics of algal blooms and seagrass loss in order to separate changes due to anthropogenic disturbance from changes that are part of natural cycles. A summer grant was used to collect a total of six sediment cores from seagrass beds within Mosquito Lagoon, near Canaveral National Seashore. Initial work has focused on determining the maximum age of the seagrass beds and interpreting the history of algal proliferation in the lagoon from the sediment record.

Benjamin Tanner, Ph.D., is a field-oriented environmental geoscientist and outdoor enthusiast who seeks to inspire the next generation to appreciate and preserve our natural areas through the hands-on study of earth places and materials. Dr. Tanner’s education and background began with an anthropology degree (Florida State University), then he continued into Quaternary and climate studies (University of Maine), and culminating in geology (University of Tennessee) — relate to how humans interact with the environment. He currently uses the tools of geology to study wetlands and how they respond to climate and environmental change. He also uses wetland deposits to elucidate past climate changes, including temperature, precipitation and sea level changes. He has involved undergraduate students in all aspects of his research and has mentored over 30 undergraduates in research experiences outside of class. Many of these experiences have led to co-authored conference presentations and a journal article publication with the students. He is delighted to be at Stetson University, which is surrounded by wetland environments to study.

Stetson Spotlight Series

The Stetson Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement to the campus community. Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Click here for a complete schedule of the Stetson Spotlight Series.

Reminder: 2018 Faculty Resource Network National Symposium to be hosted by Stetson University. Register Now!

2018 FRN Symposium: Transforming Teaching Through Active Learning

November 16-17

Stetson University will host faculty and scholars from universities and colleges across the country for the 2018 Faculty Resource Network National Symposium.  The Symposium will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando Hotel* and on the Stetson University DeLand Campus.

(Registration is free for Stetson faculty and staff!)

Stetson University’s membership in the New York University Faculty Resource Network (FRN) provides Stetson faculty opportunities to participate in seminars and scholar-in-residence programs alongside colleagues from colleges and universities across the nation and world. [Learn More]

*Rooms are available at $199 per night until October 18, 2018. For the best room selection and availability, please make a hotel reservation as early as possible.

Three (Big) Ways Women’s Financial Health Is Different from Men’s: Financial Coping Tips

Stetson’s chapter of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida welcomes inaugural speaker Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., CPA, associate professor of Taxation and Accounting and chair of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. Institute for Tax and Accountancy.

Dr. Chambers’ presentation, Three (Big) Ways Women’s Financial Health Is Different from Men’s: Financial Coping Tips,  will explore the differences in relative income, expense and lifetime asset needs. You will identify ways you can improve your own financial health and how this is related to your leadership development in higher education.

Date: October 25, 2018
Time: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Location: Rinker Environmental Learning Center (RELIC)

 

The ACE Women’s Network of Florida The ACE Women’s Network operates in each state with a state chair who works with public and private colleges and universities to identify, develop and support the advancement of women into leadership positions in higher education. Stetson University is one of six Presidential Sponsors of the Florida Network. For more information, contact Rosalie.Richards@stetson.edu or LHancock@stetson.edu.

Reminder Today! – Stetson Spotlight presents Dr. Heather Evans-Anderson

The 2018-19 F Spotlight Series continues on October 12 with a presentation by Dr. Heather Evans-Anderson, assistant professor of Health Sciences, who will speak on A Co-Culture Model System to Examine Endothelial-Cardiomyocyte Interactions (see more)

Date: Friday, October 12
Time: 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. (Please note time change)
Location: Lynn Business Center – 124

NO RSVP Needed

Snacks will be available. All are welcome!

Please contact the Brown Center (browncenter@stetson.edu) with any questions.

Call for Applications: Brown Innovation Fellows

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is seeking applications to the 2019 Brown Innovation Fellows Cohort.

Program Focus: Students Who Change the World! Building Courses That Inspire

How do we help Stetson’s students realize their “full potential as informed citizens of local communities and the world” with the capacity and desire to address societal issues?  How can we design courses that prepare students for these challenges?

Our society faces broad, complex issues that will require years of work, collaboration among individuals from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, and innovative, creative thinking.

The Brown Innovation Fellows program will provide faculty with the tools to be able to address issues facing our local and global community through engaging learning experiences in and out of the classroom. This program will be facilitated by the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence and the Center for Community Engagement.

LEARN MORE AND APPLY

Stetson Spotlight Series presents Dr. Heather Evans-Anderson

The 2018-19 Stetson Spotlight Series continues on October 12 with a presentation by Dr. Heather Evans-Anderson,  assistant professor of Heath Sciences, who will speak on “A Co-Culture Model System to Examine Endothelial-Cardiomyocyte Interactions”

Date: Friday, October 12
Time change: 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Location: Lynn Business Center – 124
Snacks will be available. All are welcome!

Click here for a complete schedule of Stetson’s Spotlight Series.

A Co-Culture Model System to Examine Endothelial-Cardiomyocyte Interactions”

Signals relayed between the inner lining of the heart, the endocardium, and the contractile cells of the heart, cardiomyocytes, are crucial for the proper formation and basic functioning of the heart. The overall goal of this project is to help define the regulatory mechanisms that occur between cardiomyocytes and endothelial cells using an in vitro co-culture model. Specifically, the primary focus will be on the cell-cell interactions that involve the FOXO family of transcription factors and related signaling pathway components. In order to alter FoxO1 gene expression in endothelial cells to use in an in vitro co-culture system, a CRISPR/Cas9 approach will be employed. The development of this model system to study endothelial-cardiomyocyte interactions would help advance the understanding of how these cells communicate during development to form the heart and would be useful knowledge to help direct new therapeutic targets to address heart disease.

Heather Evans-Anderson, Ph.D., joined Stetson faculty in fall 2017. She is originally from Belle Glade, Florida and attended Vanderbilt University for her bachelor’s degree in biology (BS, 1999). Her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science was granted by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2004. From 2004 to 2008, Evans-Anderson did her postdoctoral fellowship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Molecular Cardiology division, where she was funded by an American Heart Association fellowship award.

Stetson Spotlight Series

The Stetson Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement to the campus community. Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Click here for a complete schedule of the Stetson Spotlight Series.

Reminder: Course Design for Essential Learning Workshop

Reminder: The second workshop in the Course Design for Essential Learning series is Monday, October 8, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Prior registration not required.

Workshop topic: Essential Learning Goals – Write learning goals that are appropriately challenging, foster critical thinking and prepare students for success as global citizens.

Location: Please note the location of the workshop has been changed to the Brown Center – Elizabeth Hall 110.

 

This workshop series is a five-part course (re) design series where you will use evidence-based strategies to design courses that are engaging and effective. LEARN MORE | REGISTER NOW

Contact the Brown Center with any questions: browncenter@stetson.edu.

Seed Grants Announced

The Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience invites all faculty to apply for seed grants (ranging from $1,500-10,000) to support collaborative, interdisciplinary research, outreach, and service learning opportunities that address environmental challenges in the Central Florida region.  The four focus areas of the Institute are:

  • Florida Springs
  • Indian River Lagoon
  • Coastal Resilience
  • Sustainability Management

The review committee will consider proposals from all disciplines.

The first information session for interested faculty will be held on Wednesday, October 3 at Noon in Sage 105. A repeat session will be held on Thursday, October 11 at Noon in Sage 105.

The Call for Programs is available online at https://www.stetson.edu/other/iwer/media/seed.pdf.

Proposals are due by November 5, 2018 at 11:59pm. Please direct all questions to Shelley Gentile Program Manager for the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience at sgentile@stetson.edu.

REMINDER: Today – Faculty Spotlight: Kirsten Work

The 2018-19 Faculty Spotlight Series will kick-off on September 28 with a presentation by Dr. Kirsten Work, Professor of Biology, who will speak on How Do Spring Flows and Fish Assemblages Differ Between the Southwest, the Northwest, and the Northeastern US?

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Location: Lynn Business Center – 124
Snacks will be available. All are welcome!

Click here for a complete schedule of Faculty Spotlight Series.

How Do Spring Flows and Fish Assemblages Differ Between the Southwest, the Northwest, and the Northeastern US?

Conservation of natural resources is continuously under fire.  The economic and social forces that oppose conservation, while not always overt, often possess much stronger momentum than those of conservation.  In particular, freshwater spring conservation has received relatively little attention, despite their role as a “three-way ecotone” between land, surface water, and groundwater.  Therefore, the purpose of this project is to evaluate spring water discharges nationwide, with an eye to spring health and persistence, and whether these discharges vary across the country.  A secondary goal is to examine the variation in freshwater fish assemblages between springs in different areas of the country, particularly looking for differences in endemism and cosmopolitanism regionally.

Dr. Kirsten Work’s focus for aquatic ecology and conservation began in the University of Wisconsin’s Limnology Laboratory working as a lab tech on fish predation studies. This training led to master’s research on sockeye salmon fry predation on zooplankton in SW Alaska and dissertation research on exotic zooplankton in southern Oklahoma. Before arriving at Stetson, she did postdoctoral work on the carbon dynamics of the Lake Okeechobee food web, including bacteria, protozoa, rotifers and zooplankton. This wide array of experiences has given her a broad perspective geographically and taxonomically. At Stetson, she has worked on spring ecology, primarily at Volusia Blue Spring, with projects on algae, snails, fish ecology and the effects of invasive snails and fish on ecosystem function. She also has worked on the ecology of local lakes, as central Florida is one of the areas of the country with the highest densities of lakes due to its karst (limestone) geography.

Faculty Spotlight Series

The Faculty Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement to the campus community. Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Click here for a complete schedule of Faculty Spotlight Series.