Suter Science Seminars

Suter Science Seminar presentations are made possible by the sponsorship of the Daniel B. Suter Endowment in Biology.

Each year, dozens of expert scientists visit campus to share their insights. Some focus on their cutting edge research and work in the field, and some share perspectives on social reform and sustainability in the context of science.

On December 5, 2014 and April 16, 2015, we will hear from EMU students, too, some of whom have presented at national conferences and published research. Don’t miss an exciting lineup!

When and where

Seminars are usually held in either room 104 or 106 of the Suter Science Center unless otherwise noted. See the campus map for more info. Science seminars are free events, open to the public, and usually begin with refreshments and opportunities to meet the presenters.

The complete seminar schedule is available as a PDF file here: Suter Seminar Booklet 2014-15

See details of individual seminars below:

Sept 8 Sam Showalter
Dr. Showalter uses the “KISS” (Keep It Simple, Sir) approach to the physiology and theology of addiction and shows that we are all “Addicts.” In his seminar he will be referencing the book “Addiction and Grace” by Dr. Gerald May.

Sept 19 Christine Hughey
Dr. Hughey will talk about how a better understanding of electrospray ionization fundamentals facilitates method development for our foodomic applications, which includes the profiling of nuts, fruits, chocolate and beer.

Oct 3 David Mercier
David Mercier will speak on how integrative medicine can help us to flourish and to lead a life of wholeness, actualization, and fulfillment.

Oct 11 Homecoming panel, Professors Emeriti
In keeping with this year’s Homecoming theme of celebrating people from EMU’s past, a panel of six Professors Emeriti will share history and perspective from their own experiences in their teaching careers at EMU.

Oct 31 David Pruett
This largely historical talk will examine specifically how we are indebted to Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler.

Nov 5 Izzeldin Abuelaish
Dr. Abuelaish has been an important figure in Israeli-Palestinian relations for years, working in Israeli hospitals, treating Israeli and Palestinian patients with the full belief that health is an engine for the journey to peace. In his presentation, Dr. Abuelaish will discuss further how his work as a healthcare practitioner mobilizes health as a tool for peace.

Nov 10 Holmes Morton
Dr. Morton will speak on his work at the Clinic for Special Children. Although it mostly involves the Amish & Mennonite populations, the medical-genetic problems encountered in the children of the Plain People are not unique to them, as is often thought, but arise from gene mutations that were carried from Europe only 300 years ago.

Dec 5 Student Research Symposium
Student Research Symposium includes up to eight individual student research or project oral presentations representing STEM majors: biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, and psychology.

Jan 12 Linford Gehman
Dr. Gehman will share experiences he had living and working among a community in Bergton, Virginia that still values traditions that have stood the test of time: neighbors helping each other, humility, integrity, devotion to family and church.

Jan 26 Jim Krauss
Jim Krauss’s talk will follow his career-long healthcare experience from developing health services in San Joaquin, Paraguay as a Peace Corps volunteer to serving in an executive role in the American healthcare system.

Feb 2 Lisa Schirch
This presentation will identify the impacts of climate change and discuss how to prepare for and respond to climate-related conflicts. Lisa Schirch will discuss her journey into peacebuilding and make the links between Anabaptist history and theology of creation care with today’s environmental challenges.

Feb 13 Curt Thompson
This presentation will explore the nature of interpersonal neurobiology and its connections with how following Jesus not only brings us a world of goodness and beauty, but also changes your brain along the way.

Feb 23 Gregory Koop
Dr. Koop will speak about one specific phenomenon, the strength-based mirror effect, that will provide a window into contemporary interference models of memory and the tools psychologists have at their disposal to better understand how we form, store, and retrieve information.

March 20 Joseph Brewer
In this presentation, the spotlight will be on the role of the unfolded protein response (UPR), a signaling system that regulates homeostasis within
the secretory pathway, in building and equipping specialized ‘antibody factories’.

March 30 Avrama Blackwell
Dr. Blackwell will explain integrative, computational studies that demonstrate that the changes in strength of synaptic connections between striatal neurons can cause the abnormal synchrony and oscillations and also propose a novel treatment for Parksinson’s Disease.

April 13 Nancy Johnston
This lecture traces the evolution of perspectives related to healing suffering. It charts the emergence of more hopeful views and therapeutic strategies which overturn misperceptions of the self as isolated and alone, the wound as flaw, and suffering as irremediable loss.

April 16 STEM Celebration
Spring STEM Celebration calls for student participants from biology, chemistry, mathematical sciences, and psychology departments to participate in the STEM Quiz Show, pizza for all STEM participants and the STEM Poster Show.

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