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February 2021

The Fast-paced, Ever-Changing Healthcare Environment: Early Findings about Microbial Presence and the Cost of Isolation Procedures

February 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Debbie Saber, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions - Faculty Associate, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE).  University of Maine Dr. Saber aims to understand microbial dispersion within healthcare institutions to ultimately drive policy and procedures towards the highest level of standardized prevention and readiness for future infectious outbreaks. As a practicing intensive care registered nurse (RN) with over 25 years of clinical experience, she has cared for…

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March 2021

Connecting environmental microbiomes to social (in)equity across temporal and ecological scales

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speakers:  Dr. Erin Eggleston and Dr. Mallory Choudoir About the speakers: Dr. Erin Eggleston, PhD, is an assistant professor of biology at Middlebury College. Her research focuses on molecular microbial ecology. Recent projects include mercury-cycling microbes in the soils of the St. Lawrence River, coral microbiome and reef resilience, and community dynamics of harmful cyanobacterial blooms. For more information check out her lab website (https://sites.middlebury.edu/eggleston/) Dr. Mallory Choudoir, PhD, is a microbial ecologist interested in the evolutionary processes that determine…

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Building Intergenerational Resilience- A Collaborative Community Effort

March 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Speakers:  Janice L. Pelletier, MD, FAAP with Jennifer Curran Ph.D, and Mary Tedesco-Schneck, Ph.D, RN, CPNP. About the speakers: Janice Pelletier is a pediatrician, teacher, researcher, and advocate in this community for over 3 decades. She helped to develop and co-teach at the University of Maine a novel course, called “Introduction to Health Professions.” She is a Board member and Past-President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Colleagues in the project to build intergenerational resilience include…

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The Global Microbiome: microbes and public health beyond biology – Dr. Amber Benezra

March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

About the speaker:  Dr. Amber Benezra is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Stevens Institute of Technology. She is a sociocultural anthropologist researching how studies of the human microbiome intersect with biomedical ethics, public health/technological infrastructures, and care. In partnership with human microbial ecologists, she is developing an “anthropology of microbes” to address global health problems across disciplines. https://stevens.academia.edu/AmberBenezra About the seminar:  Many human microbiome studies actively seek solutions for global public health crises like malnutrition, yet microbiome…

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In vivo physiology of kidney development detected with genetically encoded biosensors

March 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Iain Drummond,  Ph.D. Professor and Director, Davis Center for Aging and Regeneration. MDI Biological Laboratory. About the speaker:  Dr. Drummond studies kidney organogenesis, genetic disease, and regeneration using the zebrafish as a model system. His lab  uses in vivo imaging and targeted gene mutations to identify new human disease genes,  reveal kidney morphogenetic processes, and to characterize kidney stem cell and growth factor interactions that drive kidney regeneration. Iain Drummond received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley in…

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Teaching with microbes: Biopolitical lessons from fermentation. Dr. Megan Carney, PhD

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

About the speaker: Megan A. Carney is a sociocultural and medical anthropologist with specializations in migration and health, food insecurity, and the politics of care. She is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Regional Food Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of two books, the award-winning “The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders” (2015, University of California Press) and “Island of Hope: Migration and Solidarity in the Mediterranean” (forthcoming,…

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Embodied microbiomes: a 4E-cognition perspective on microbial life and social equity – Dr. Francisco Parada Flores, PhD

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

About the speaker: After studying Psychology and Neuroscience in Chile, I moved to the USA to pursue my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Neural Sciences at the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Indiana University-Bloomington. During this period I was able to work on neural signal processing, brain networks, and embodiment within the context of social cognition. After continuing my development through postdoctoral work at the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School I came back to Chile as a tenured…

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