Seminars 2017-2018

Seminars are held every Monday at 3pm in 139 Schrenk Hall

Interactions Between Plants and Emerging Contaminants: New Challenges and Perspectives

Global food demands are expected to grow by 70–110% by 2050 while arable lands are decreasing due to land degradation, urbanization and seawater intrusion. Global climate change further aggravates the problem, especially in arid and semi-arid regions, by forcing farmers to use salty and polluted water for irrigation. It is estimated that more than 6% of the world’s total land and approximately 20% of irrigated land are affected by salinity, which is a serious concern in agriculture.
Meanwhile, nanotechnology is rapidly advancing and its growth is forecasted to reach $3 trillion in final goods by 2020. The rapid development of nanotechnology has resulted in significant increases in the applications and release of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) into the environment. Most ENPs eventually find their way into agricultural soils through water irrigation or biosolids land applications.
Because of their known impacts on plant health and development, the introduction of ENPs into agricultural systems results in stronger effects on plants which are already suffering from various environmental restraints than those grown in well controlled environment (e.g., green house).
This seminar explores the interactions between ENPs and different environmental stresses (e.g., salt stress, heavy metals) and how this affect the overall plant physiology and anatomy in cultivated species.

Dr. Rossi is a post doctoral fellow at the Environmental Research Center at Missouri S&T

The T.I.M.E Concept, Zinc and Cykokines

Dr. Stoecker is a dermatologist from The Dermatology Center, LLC in Rolla, MO 

Red Blood Cells as a Determinant of Pulmonary Vascular Resistance


Dr. Sprague is a professor and pulmonologist for the Departments of Pharamacology and Internal Medicine at Saint Louis University

The Evolving Concept of Prebiotics: What We Can Learn From the Chicken Microbiome


Dr. Ricke is the Wray Food Safety Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Food SafetyFood Science Department at the University of Arkansas

Dr. Thimgan is an assistant professor at Missouri S&T


How Genotype Directs Phenotype for Agriculturally Important Traits


Dr. Topp is an assistant member of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Engineering New Biologic Therapies for Arthritis


Dr. Guilak is the Director of Research for ShrinersHospitals for Children

The Future of Army Medicine


Colonel Meko is the Commander of General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital (GLWACH) at Fort Leonard Wood


Dr. Toothaker is an oncologist at the Delbert Day Cancer Institute at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center

Bioactive glass for Soft Tissue Repair


Dr. Jung is the Chief Technical Officer at MoSci

Climate Change and Frozen Flies: Negative Effects of Warming Winters


Dr. Williams is an associate professor for the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville