School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Undergraduate Seminar Series
Throughout the semester, the School of Natural Science and Mathematics hosts speakers to present their research or provide an informative lecture on their field of study. These speakers are current students recommended by the faculty, alumni who come back and share their experiences after the Mount, or other members of the Mount community. To schedule a presentation, please contact the Dean's office at 301-447-6826.
Dr. Robert Kula
Research Entomologist with the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
April 10, 2015
In addtion to his work at USDA, Dr. Kula is also an Adjunct Scientist with the Smithsonian Institution and is a curator of the wasp collection at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. His research focuses on parasitic wasp systematics and biodiversity. Other interests include systematics support for biological control programs targeting pest insects and plants, as well as development and refinement of methods for sampling parasitic wasps. Dr. Kula mentors undergraduate and graduate students through the Smithsonian Institution’s internship and fellowship program; he serves as an instructor for a shortcourse on wasp, bee, and ant identification, classification, and natural history.
Dr. Chris Bradley
Dr. Christopher Bradley, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
March 13, 2015
Dr. Chris Bradley presented today in our Undergraduate Seminar Series, giving his presentation titled: Reverse Alchemy: Replacing Precious Metals with Rust in Chemical Transformations. The chemical industry is currently dominated by processes which rely on expensive and toxic precious metals. The Bradley research group works on methods to transition the reactivity of these transition metals to more abundant and environmentally friendly metals, such as cobalt and iron. The seminar focused on their strategies to isolate, characterize, and study reactive cobalt intermediates believed to be essential in carrying out the desired catalytic reactions.
Bill Dowd, C'90
CEO at Mick Radio-Nuclear Instruments, Inc. and CEO at Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG
February 6, 2015
Mr. Dowd is chief executive officer of Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG, Inc., a global medical device company specializing in products used in radiation therapy for cancer patients. He encouraged students to network with Mount alumni, as they are a great resource for students to gain insight into careers, to connect with companies or perhaps even secure their first job out of school. “If students know what is needed today, and will be in demand in the next 10-15 years, they can position themselves effectively for a long and satisfying career,” Dowd said.
Dr. Robert Buckheit, Jr.
Founder, President, and Chief Scientific Officer on ImQuest BioSciences
September 9, 2014
Dr. Buckheit talked with a full room of students eager students awaiting his presentation on his career choices and his company ImQuest BioSciences. His talk explained that path he took in order to become the founder and president of his company but also the purpose of his company.The company is dedicated to providing technical and professional support for the development of a broad spectrum of therapeutic agents and topical microbicides.
Rob Sabo, C’11
Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
October 3, 2014
Mr. Sabo presented his research to a sellout crowd on the third floor of the Coad Science building titled “Hydrologic and Biogeochemical controls of atmospheric nitrate export in a temperate forest watershed.” He explained that understanding the hydrology and biogeochemistry of these ecosystems will be instrumental in accomplishing Bay clean-up goals and ensuring the proper management/preservation of forests.
Sadie Winship, C'12
Student at Kent State School of Podiatric Medicine
November 7, 2014
Sadie spoke with students about podiatry and her personal experiences in the field. Her presentation was titled “Podiatry: One Step at a Time.” She explained how podiatry is a good career for people who do not want to go to medical school but still want to help people while still being in the medical field. She added how much she enjoyed her encounters with many different types of people during her work.
Doctoral Student at Howard University
November 12, 2014
Jabril examined cancer genetics concerning the dilemma of the prostate: a health disparity among high-risk ethnicities. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among men in most western populations, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death among U.S. men. Jabril explained however, the mortality of African-American men 40–60 years of age from prostate cancer is almost threefold greater than that of white men of the same age.
Tyler Mummert, C'11
Student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
November 21, 2014
Tyler’s presentation focused around his experiences abroad in osteopathic medicine that he had working with the Physicians for Humanity: Domestic and International Outreach organization. The subject of most of his patients abroad was related to fighting against leprosy. Physicians for Humanity, simply stated, is a community of socially and globally concerned individuals dedicated to a just practice of medicine that serves those most in need with love and compassion.
Cara Deegan, C'15
May 2, 2014
Cara had the pleasure of shadowing Dr. Christine Anderson Thomas at her practice, Emmitsburg Physician Care Inc. Dr. Anderson Thomas is a family physician and she specializes in Addiction Medicine. Cara's presentation focused on her experience working in the office as a whole and how she coped with common issues seen in family medicine.
Hap Harrington, C'98
Employee at Abbvie, a pharmaceutical sales and research company
April 25, 2014
The focus of Hap's talk was on the integrated healthcare brand team. His goal was to provide students with more information about pharmaceutical job opportunities outside of sales. Abbvie is committed to the discovery and advancement of innovative therapies and assists in meeting the health needs of people around the world.
Dr. Michael Turner & Dr. Katy Dye
Dr. Michael Turner, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Dr. Katy Dye, Assistant Professor of Biology
March 21, 2014
Dr. Turner and Dr. Dye presented their research projects that are conducted in their laboratories in the COAD Science building.
Dr. Turner's laboratory strives to better understand the holistic influence individual miRNAs have on an organism by validating predicted miRNA targets.
The Dye Lab takes a molecular and cellular biology approach to analyzing viruses and the way that viruses affect the cells they infect.
Bennett Myers, C'09
M.D. Candidate, University of Maryland
February 7, 2014
Bennett's presentation focused on the path to medical school and the application process. He shared insight into what he felt made him a competitive candidate in the medical school application process. Following graduation from medical school, Bennett plans to pursue a residency in Emergency Medicine.