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.

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When and where

  • Wednesdays at 4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted
  • Room 106 or 104 of the Suter Science Center
  • Free events, open to the public
  • Refreshments and opportunities to meet the presenters.


A downloadable list of 2018-19 seminars is available here.

For complete information about each seminar, click the titles below.

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 2018 Seminars

Wednesday, Sep 12 @ 4 - 6 p.m. SC106
STEM Student Research and Internship Symposium
STEM Students, Eastern Mennonite University

Wednesday, Sep 26 @ 4 p.m. SC106
Water and Sanitation Impacts and Challenges in Appalachia
Leigh-Anne Krometis, PhD — Associate Professor in Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

Saturday, Oct 13 @ 9:00 a.m. SC106
Targeted Therapies in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology: Lessons from the Past, Hope for the Future
Trent Hummel, MD - Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Wednesday, Oct 24 @ 4 p.m. SC106
From Undergraduate Education to Meaningful Employment: How a Former EMU Psych Major Found Her Calling in the World of Academic Hospital Research
Jill Stoltzfus, PhD – Network Director, Research Institute, St. Luke's University Health Network

Wednesday, Nov 28 @ 4 p.m. SC106
Aging Genes and Electrochemistry in the Drosophila Brain
Jeffrey Copeland, PhD – Associate Professor of Biology, Eastern Mennonite University

Spring 2019 Seminars

Wednesday, Jan 30 @ 4 p.m. SC106
The Coastal Systems: What is At Risk and What is Needed to Achieve Resilience?
Anamaria Bukvic, PhD — Research Assistant Professor, Department of Geogpraphy, Virginia Tech

Wednesday, Feb 13 @ 4 p.m. SC106
The Journey to Address Health Disparities Among Native Americans and Indigenous Populations
John Lowe, RN, PhD, FAAN — Endowed Professor for Health Disparities Research; Director, Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity, Florida State University College of Nursing

Wednesday, Feb 27 @ 4 p.m. SC106
Healing with Words: The Bibliotherapy Program at Clemson University
Windsor Westbrook Sherrill, PhD — Professor of Public Health Sciences, Associate VP for Health Research, Clemson University

Due to building renovations in room 106 of the Suter Science Center, the location of the last two seminars has been changed to room 104.

Wednesday, Mar 27 @ 4:00 p.m. SC104
Nitrogen Out of the Bottle: The Challenge of Managing the Genie
James Galloway, PhD – Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

Wednesday, Apr 10 @ 4 p.m. SC104
Lessons Learned in 40 Years of Study and Care of the Cancer Patient
Richard Hostetter, MD, FACS – Surgical Oncologist, Goshen Physicians

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