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Besch Biological Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series

This is a monthly series that focuses on current biological science topics for the purpose of engaging students and faculty with distinguished scientists, doctors, and other biomedical professionals from the community.

Upcoming Talks

The Dinda Center and Besch Biological Speaker Series Proudly Sponsor:

Jennifer Hofmann, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Concordia University Texas
“A Blast From the Pleistocene Past: Conservation Paleontology and Paleoecology from La Brea Tar Pits to Friesenhahn Cave”.
On April 10th, 3:00 in the Chapel

Cave Presentation - 1/15/20

Besch Biological Speaker Series - 1/17/20

11/15/19 Dan Gold

Life on the Edge: Developing a Gregarine Model of Epicellular Parasitism

10/30/19 Lisa Maharaj

A Day in the Life of a Primate Behaviorist

4/10/19 Dr. Jennifer Hoffman

3/13/19 Jeffrey L. Spivey

2/15/19 Kenneth Sparks

City of Austin: Watershed Protection




Professors from Concordia's Nursing program speak on their experiences in the nursing field.

02/26/18 Dr. Timothy Bonner

Speaks on his work analyzing fresh water Mussels



10/18/17: Rich Kostecke: Speaks about The Nature Conservancy’s effort in Preserving our Environment

9/20/17: Dr. Molly Pont: Speaks on career path of a Neonatologist and Pediatric Care

3/29/17: Forensic Genetics: How Biology Meets Crime

2/15/17: Concordia Professors: Talk about faith and science

1/18/17: City of Austin: Surface Water Team

10/12/16 Dr. Bryan Davies: "speaks about his research and work in Pathogenic Bacteria"

4/6/16 Dr. Jason Shurley, Kim Moncel, & Antse Atanga: "Athletic Training: Bridging the Gap Between Sports and Medicine"

2/3/16 Jimmy Gollihar: "Lessons from Laboratory Evolution"

12/2/15 College of Science Faculty: "A future in Science: What can I do with a Science Degree?"

11/4/15 Wendy Gordon, PhD: "Facets of Climate Change in Texas"

10/7/15 Bethany Waldron, RN, BSN: "Nursing in a Changing Healthcare Landscape"

9/9/15 Dr. Jennifer J. Hofmann: "Of Mice and Men: Using Developmental Biology to Understand Disease"

11/13/14 Dr. Donna Janes and Maddie Porter, Concordia University

9/18/14 Nigel S. Atkinson, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience, University of Texas at Austin: "Identifying alcoholism-related genes usingDrosophila behavioral genetics"

3/18/14 Lisa M. Goering, Ph.D., St. Edward's University, Austin: "Variety is the Spice of Life! Investigating the Genetic Basis of Pheotypic Change"

2/18/14 J. Hayley Gillespie, Ph.D.: "Embracing a Career at Crossroad of Art + Science"

1/21/14 Brian Colwell, Ph.D.: "Tobacco and Adolescents: A Public Health Concern"

11/19/13 Kristy Neff, Nurse Practitioner, Children's Cardiology Associates: "Common Issues in Pediatric Cardiology"

9/17/13 Kendra Abbott, M.A. in Ecology: "The Endangered American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) in Texas"

2/19/13 Christopher Sullivan, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin: "Molecular Genetics Microbiology"

11/20/12 Robert McLean, Ph.D., Texas State University: "Bacterial Biofilms and Their Importance on Earth and in Space"

10/16/12 Jelena H. Pantel, Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit - Leuven, Belgium: "The Biological Consequences of Environmental Variability in Freshwater Ponds"

9/12 Schonna Manning, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin