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K-State Today

April 18, 2018

Division of Biology 50th Anniversary Symposium

By Division of Biology

Kansas State University's Division of Biology will celebrate 50 years of groundbreaking accomplishments with a special symposium from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in 1109 Engineering Hall and atrium. The symposium will highlight the research activities of past and present undergraduate and graduate students, and will feature four external keynote speakers.

All members of the K-State community are invited to participate in this special symposium.

The following is a detailed program:

  • 11 a.m.: Brian Spooner, Division of Biology, will give opening remarks.
  • 11:15 a.m.: Ken Bayles, University of Nebraska Medical Center, will present "Bacterial Biofilms and the Essence of Multicellularity."
  • Noon: Dalton Dacus, Division of Biology, will present "Viral Infections Can Contribute to Skin Cancer."
  • 12:15 p.m. Undergraduate Research Forum poster session.
  • 2 p.m.: Jenn Brisson, University of Rochester, will present "Aphid Wing Dimorphisms: Comparing Environmental and Genetic Control Mechanisms."
  • 2:45 p.m.: Ryan Greenway, Division of Biology, will present "Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Convergent Evolution of Toxicity Tolerance in Extremophile Fishes."
  • 3 p.m.: Break
  • 3:15 p.m.: Akeem Waite, Division of Biology, will present "Exploring the Molecular Relationship between Mitochondria and Proteasomes."
  • 3:30 p.m.: Terry Dermody, University of Pittsburgh, will present "A New Viral Trigger for Celiac Disease."
  • 4:15 p.m.: Break
  • 4:30 p.m.: Sarah Winnicki, Division of Biology, will present "The Effects of Brown-Headed Cowbird Brood Parasitism on the Growth and Development of Grassland Songbirds."
  • 4:45 p.m.: Melinda Smith, Colorado State University, will present "Dominant Species are Key for Understanding the Consequences of Global Change."