Carleton College Biology Department Seminars

2021-2022 Academic Year

Mondays, 3:30-4:30 PM

Seniors must attend 10 seminars for the department graduation requirement. You can start accumulating credit during the fall term of your junior year. All seminars will be held in Olin 141, unless another location is communicated ahead of time.

See all Past Seminar Events


Fall 2021:

September 13 – first day of classes is 9/15; no seminar

September 20 – No Seminar

September 27 –  Mark McKone, Towsley Professor of Biology, Carleton College: “The enigmatic evolution of avian reproductive anatomy”

October 4 – Halil Aydin, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry at University of Colorado Boulder, hosted by Rou-Jia Sung. Tentative talk title: “The Structural Basis of Mitochondrial Coenzyme Q Biosynthesis”

October 18 – midterm break; no seminar

October 25 – Corri Hamilton, PhD candidate, University of Madison-Wisconsin: “What’s on the Menu: Ralstonia solanacearum‘s infection stage dependent catabolism”

November 1 – Angel Solis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College Hosted by Jennifer Wolff) “Use the Force, Leuk(ocytes): How Immune Cells Sense Their Physical Environment”

November  8 – No Seminar

November 15 – No Seminar

Winter 2022:

January 3 – first day of classes is 1/5; no seminar

January 10 –  Ben Tully, Bioinformatic Specialist, University of Southern California (Host: Rika Anderson)

January 17 –  Jamie Harrison ‘15, Postdoctoral Scholar, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Host: Dan Hernández) (Canceled)

January 24 – TBD

January 31 – Christine Sierra O’Connell, Macalester College (Host: Dan Hernández)

February 7 – midterm break; no seminar

February 14 –  Natalia Piland, Postdoctoral Scholar, Florida International University, hosted by Rika Anderson

February 21 – Manuel Lerdau, Professor of Environmental Sciences and of Biology University of Virginia Hosted by Mark McKone

February 28 – “The legacy of RA Fisher” Part 1 Hosted by Mark McKone

March 7 – “The legacy of RA Fisher” Part 2 Hosted by Mark McKone


Spring 2022:

March 28 – First day of spring term; no seminar

April 4 – Elizabeth Glater, Neuroscience at Pomona College, hosted by Rou-Jia Sung

April 11 – Sara Nowinski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming, Van Andel Institute (host: Jennifer Wolff)

April 18 –  Olúfémi Táíwò, Georgetown University (host: Dan Hernandez)

April 25 – TBD

May 2 – midterm break; no seminar

May 9 – no seminar 

May 16 – no seminar 

May 23 –  no seminar

May 30 – no seminar