Deans' Seminar Series 2015-16
Sessions will be held in the UCET Classroom (NS245) at noon (before or after the Academic Senate meeting) unless otherwise noted.
Drinks will be available; please feel free to bring your lunch.
October 16, 2015 Kirk Mecklenburg, Associate Professor of Biology
Neuron sprouting by gene manipulation: a step towards healing damaged nervous systems
November 20, 2015 Zachary Schrank, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Cultivating and Consuming Sacred Foods in Community Supported Agriculture
January 29, 2016 Marvin Curtis, Dean and Professor of Music
Susan Moore, Associate Professor of Fine Arts
John Thompson, Visiting Lecturer in Fine Arts
James Bowyer, Assistant Professor of Music
Tami Martinez, Lecturer in Communication Arts
Music is a Hobby…Get a Real Job – The Role of the School of the Arts in Society
February 26, 2016 Monica Tetzlaff, Associate Professor of History
African Activists: Documenting the Ghanaian Human Rights Movement for Women Accused of Witchcraft
April 22, 2016 David Dodd Lee, AssIstant Professor of English
Orphan, Indiana and the Dismantling of Narrative: The Poetics of Erasure and Collage as Verse Autobiography
The human nervous system develops before birth and individual neurons are maintained throughout the life of the individual. Cells in the central nervous system do not divide after they have differentiated, and so brain and spinal cord injuries can have permanent affects. Recently, using genetic model systems, scientists have discovered that when specific genes are activated, mature neurons in the central nervous system can be coaxed into growing again. In our laboratory, we have explored the activation of photoreceptor cells in the retina, and demonstrate that we can induce mature cells to begin extending axons deeper into the brain. This work contributes to our understanding of neuron sprouting and may help provide a framework for developing techniques to treat patients with brain and spinal cord injuries.