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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 2021 Seminars

Wednesday, Oct 6 @ 4:00 p.m.  (not available on livestream)
Webs of Coherence in Human Belief Constructs: The Intersections of Science, Religion, and Philosophy
James C. Zimring MD, PhD - Professor of Experimental Pathology, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Saturday, Oct 16 @ 9:15 a.m. (note different time!)
Marginalized Groups’ Distrust of the Healthcare System as Pertains to Women’s Health
Samfee G.K. Doe, MD, MPH - Assistant Professor and Attending Physician, Columbia University Medical Center

Wednesday, Nov 10 @ 4:00 p.m.
Using Harmonic Radar to Track Individual Melon Flies, Zeugodacus cucurbitae, in Hawaii: Classic Ecological Movement Studies Come to Entomology
Matthew Siderhurst, PhD - Professor of Chemistry, Eastern Mennonite University

Wednesday, Dec 8 @ 4:00 p.m.
From Waste to Resource: Rethinking Production and Consumption within a Circular Economy
James Souder - Sustainability Consultant, Metabolic

Spring 2022 Seminars

Wednesday, Jan 26 @ 5:00 p.m. (note different time!)
Telling Time with Historical Ecology: Native American Communities in a Changing Shenandoah Valley Environment
Carole Nash, PhD, RPA - Associate Professor, School of Integrated Sciences, James Madison University

Wednesday, Feb 2 @ 4:00 p.m.
Transcriptional Regulation in the Roundworm, Caenorhabditis elegans
Casonya Johnson, PhD - Deputy Director, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, National Science Foundation

Wednesday, March 2 @ 4:00 pm
From Fitness Training to Health Psychology: My Journey Back to EMU
Susannah Moore, PhD - Assistant Professor of Psychology, Eastern Mennonite University

Wednesday, April 6 @ 4:00 pm
Cervical Cancer as a Cancer of Disparities: Innovative Technology on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua for Health Equity Through a Community-based Participatory Process
Emma McKim Mitchell, PhD, MSN, RN - Associate Professor, Co-Director of Global Initiatives, University of Virginia School of Nursing

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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