Perspectives in Biology Symposium
For the past 27 years, the Department of Biology has hosted the annual Perspectives in Biology Symposium over the 2nd weekend in November. This program brings three eminent biologists to the Department for an intensive but very collegial series of scholarly presentations for biological faculty from colleges and universities in the region. The speakers present state of the art information on a diversity of topics, information which many of the faculty attendees can immediately apply to their own teaching and research. The PIB program is routinely attended by 60-80 biology faculty representing 30-35 institutions from NC, SC, VA, TN and MD, together with Wake Forest professors.
The Department of Biology is pleased to announce the roster of speakers for the 28th Annual Perspectives in Biology symposium on November 9 and 10, 2012. We look forward to seeing you there!
Featured Speakers for 2012:
Dr. Terry C. Hazen
Dr. Terry C. Hazen, Governor’s Chair and Professor in the Departments of Microbiology, Environmental Sci & Engineering, and Earth Sciences, University of Tennessee also is a Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Biosciences Division. Dr. Hazen, a PhD alumnus of Wake Forest University, has established himself as one of the leading experts in global bioremediation and restoration of contaminated landscapes. A member of the United Nations Global Water Quality Task Force, in 2010-11 Dr. Hazen was Program Director, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Systems Biology, for the Energy Biosciences Institute.
Dr. Kiisa C. Nishikawa
Dr. Nishikawa, Regents’ Professor, Department of Biology, Northern Arizona University, is especially interested in Biomechanics and Muscular Control. From early work on the behavioral ecology of amphibians and reptiles to the biomechanics and innervation of the prehensile tongue of the African pig-nosed frog, Dr. Nishikawa has combined natural history with detailed laboratory science including molecular mechanisms. Some of her most recent work involves the bio-mechanical properties of the sarcomere protein, titin, and its implications for muscular dystrophy.
Dr. Robert S. Bridges
Dr. Bridges, Head of the Neuroscience and Reproductive Biology Section, Dept. Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University – Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, also is Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Tufts Univ School of Medicine, and Department of Psychiatry, Tufts New England Medical Center. Dr. Bridges uses a combination of physiological, anatomical, molecular and genetic approaches to elucidate neurobiological processes underlying mammalian brain function together with the biological bases of reproductive physiology and behavior.