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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. 

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When and where

Unless otherwise noted, Suter Science Seminars generally take place on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, in room 106 in the Suter Science Center.

Selected seminars may also be made available to the off-campus community via live streaming on EMU's Facebook Live page

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 2022 Seminars

Wednesday, Sept 14 @ 4:00 p.m.
Emerging Vector-borne Disease in the Commonwealth
Gillian Eastwood, MRes, PhD - Assistant Professor, Vector-borne Disease Ecology, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech

Saturday, Oct 8 @ 10:00 a.m. (note different time!)
Building-up the Behavioral Health System in a Time of Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges
Rolando L. Santiago, PhD - Chief, Behavioral Health and Crisis Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County, MD

Wednesday, Nov 9 @ 4:00 p.m.
Count Up: My Reflections on Science, Industry, and Life…
Raul E. Diaz Lugo - Global Quality Lead, Merck, Animal Health North America

Wednesday, Nov 30 @ 4:00 p.m.
Characterization of Sensory Driven Intrinsic Iris Constriction in Mammals
Marquis Walker, PhD - Assistant Professor of Biology, James Madison University

Spring 2023 Seminars

Wednesday, January 25 @ 4:00 p.m.
Multiple Roles for UNC-53/NAV2 in Axonal Guidance, Intracellular Trafficking, and Innate Immunity
Kristopher Schmidt, PhD - Associate Professor of Biology, Eastern Mennonite University

Wednesday, February 8 @ 4:00 p.m.
Phycosphere Interactions: Novel Insights into Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics
Morgan Steffen, PhD - Associate Professor of Biology, James Madison University
Louie Wurch, PhD - Associate Professor of Biology, James Madison University

Wednesday, March 22 @ 4:00 pm
Pediatric Behavioral Health: Strategy to Improve Access and Care
Anne Brenneman, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC - Director, University Health Center, James Madison University

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.

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