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.





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: Neonatologist from Nashville Tennessee

Speaks on career path of a Neonatologist and Pediatric Care





10/12/16 Dr. Bryan Davies, The University of Texas at Austin

speaks about his research and work in Pathogenic Bacteria

4/6/16 Jason Shurley, Ph.D; Kim Moncel, LAT (Concordia University)

and Antse Atanga, LAT (Lake Travis High School)

"Athletic Training: Bridging the Gap Between Sports and Medicine"

2/3/16 Jimmy Gollihar, University of Texas

"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

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