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.

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When and where

  • Wednesdays at 4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted
  • Room 106 of the Suter Science Center
  • Free events, open to the public
  • Refreshments and opportunities to meet the presenters.


A downloadable list of 2019-20 seminars will be available soon.

Complete details about each seminar will be available soon.

Seminar videos

When permission is granted, videos of past seminars are made available for student access.

If you have a valid EMU ID, you can log in here to view the videos.

Fall 2019 Seminars

Wednesday, Sep 11 @ 4 - 6 p.m. SC106
STEM Student Research and Internship Symposium
STEM Students, Eastern Mennonite University

Wednesday, Sep 25 @ 4 p.m. SC106
Exploring Arginine Methylation as a Cancer Therapy Target and as a Dissertation
Stephanie Miller Lehman, PhD — Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

Saturday, Oct 12 @ 9:00 a.m. SC106
A Gynecologic Surgeon’s Perspective on a Career in Academic Medicine, Parenting, and the Pelvic Floor
Carolyn Weaver Swenson, MD - Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan

Wednesday, Nov 13 @ 4 p.m. SC106
Modeling Cerebrovascular Diseases in Mice
Chia-Yi (Alex) Kuan, MD, PhD – Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Wednesday, Dec 4 @ 4 p.m. SC106
Killer Mosquitoes: Predicting Vector Borne Disease Risks Now and in the Future
Leah R. Johnson, PhD – Assistant Professor of Computational Modeling and Data Analytics, Virginia Tech

Spring 2020 Seminars

Wednesday, Jan 22 @ 4 p.m. SC106
A Journey through Engineering and Physics: Trying to Recreate Primordial Universe Conditions
Stefano Colafranceschi, PhD — Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Eastern Mennonite University

Wednesday, Feb 12 @ 4 p.m. SC106
Cardiology: One Way to Get There From Here
Brian L. Stauffer, MD — Professor of Medicine/Cardiology, University of Colorado; Chief of Cardiology, Denver Health Medical Center

Wednesday, Mar 25 @ 4:00 p.m. SC106
Dr. Bochkis will present a seminar on research and findings from a current project in her laboratory.
Irina Bochkis, PhD – Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Wednesday, Apr 1 @ 4 p.m. SC106
Genetics of Mental Illness: Unique Insights from Studies of Amish and Mennonite Communities
Francis J. McMahon, MD – Chief of the Human Genetics Branch, Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health

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