COVID-19 UPDATES: Last updated November 23 Learn More >

Suter Science Seminars

Suter Science Seminars

Each year, a variety of expert scientists visit EMU’s campus to share their insights. 
Suter Seminars include the following:

  • Science Research Seminars- explore how research questions are addressed, data collected, and inferences formed
  • STEM Professional Seminars- EMU alumni share the story of their professional journey and discuss the nature of their profession
  • Science and Humanities Seminars- explore connections between science, faith, social issues, and other topics from the humanities.
  • EMU STEM students’ research- STEM students present research, including published research and research presented at national conferences

Suter Science Seminar presentations are made possible by the sponsorship of the Daniel B. Suter Endowment in Biology and the co-sponsorship of supporting programs.

Seminars are free and open to the public.

For details about each seminar, click the seminar titles in the list below.

The Bergton Stream

When and where

2020-21 seminars will take place on selected Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:15 pm.

Traditionally, our seminars are held in room 106 of the Suter Science Center. HOWEVER, due to COVID-19, fall-semester seminars will be held only in virtual format.  

Where to find links for virtual seminars:

EMU students, faculty and staff can access secure Zoom links for events by visiting the Calendar page after logging into

Seminars will be available to the general public via Facebook Live from our EMU Facebook page. (These links may not be visible/available until shortly before the event.)

Seminar videos:

When permission is granted, videos of past seminars are made available for student access after the event. If you have a valid EMU ID, you can log in here to view the videos.

Fall 2020 Seminars

Wednesday, Sept 23 @ 4:15 p.m.
Leading Public Health Nurses During a Pandemic
Jeannine Uzel, RN, MSN - Director of Public Health Nursing, Virginia Department of Public Health

Wednesday, Oct 14 @ 4:15 p.m.
Genetics of Mental Illness: Unique Insights from Studies of Amish and Mennonite Communities
Francis McMahon, MD - Chief of the Human Genetics Branch, Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health

Wednesday, Nov 11 @ 4:15 p.m.
Nuclear Lamina and Fatty Liver Disease
Irina Bochkis, PhD — Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Spring 2021 Seminars

Wednesday, Jan 27 @ 4:15 p.m.
Seminar information will be avaialble soon.
Eric Rutt, Counsel - Wolf Greenfield Intellectual Property Law

Wednesday, March 24 @ 4:15 p.m.
Seminar information will be avaialble soon.
Laura Cattell Noll and Kelly Smucker

Additional seminars are still being scheduled. Check back for updated information as it becomes available.

About our facility

Suter Science Center 106 Accessibility

The seminar room features terraced seating, with entrances on the upper and lower levels. Options to aid accessibility include:

  • Several seats on the top level (the back of the room), space to accommodate a wheelchair
  • Space on the floor level (the front of the room ) for additional chairs or wheelchairs
  • The stairs of the lower terraces are equipped with handrails
  • Elevator available for access from one level to the other
  • High-quality sound and projection (no individual hearing assistance devices)


Off campus guests attending Suter Science Seminars should pick up a temporary parking permit (at no charge) at the Facilities Management office at 994 Parkwood Drive, open 9-12 and 1-4 on weekdays.  Then park in the lot on the south side of the Suter Science Center, or across the street at Hartzler Library.

Campus Map

Text Here...
visit graphicVisit
apply graphicApply