For the past 28 years, the Department of Biology has hosted the annual Perspectives in Biology Symposium early in November. This program brings three eminent biologists to Winston-Salem for an intensive and collegial series of scholarly presentations for 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 University professors and graduate students.
|The Department of Biology is pleased to announce the roster of speakers for the 29th Annual Perspectives in Biology symposium on November 8 and 9, 2013. Please check this site for updates as November approaches. We look forward to hosting you! Check the schedule to see the titles the speakers have selected!
Featured Speakers for 2013:
Why do we sleep? Dr. Amita Sehgal
Amita Sehgal’s studies the molecular and cellular basis of behavior using the fruit fly,Drosophila melanogaster. She is especially interested in the circadian (~24-hour) periodicity of many behaviors and physiological processes. She also uses fruit flies to study why animals need to sleep.
Where’s the carbon going? Dr. Evan DeLucia
The responses of forest and agro-ecosystems to elevated carbon dioxide and other elements of global change are the focus of Evan DeLucia’s research interests. Using ecological, physiological and genomic approaches, DeLucia seeks to understand how global change affects the carbon cycle and the trophic dynamics between plants and insects.
What controls cranial anatomy? Dr. Patricia Hernandez
Patricia Hernandez focuses her research on the evolution of developmental mechanisms, drawing on her expertise in functional morphology and anatomy of vertebrates, especially the fishes.