Southeastern biologists to offer seminar series ‘Science on Tap’
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Biological Sciences, in cooperation with Tope la′ Catering of Hammond, will present Science on Tap, a year-long, informal seminar series for the public on a variety of scientific topics.
The presentations will be held the first Tuesday of every month at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the seminars starting at 7 p.m. The presentations are free and open to all ages.
"There are many areas in the diverse field of biology that are of interest to people outside of science" said Professor of Biological Sciences Brian Crother, who is coordinating the series with Professor Kyle Piller. "Our intent is to present these topics in a layman-friendly fashion to increase the knowledge and awareness of biology and its vital role in the ecosystem and in all our lives."
Crother said the series would be especially beneficial to students who may be considering career choices and professions that involve the sciences.
A full year of presentations is planned. Currently on schedule for the fall are:
-- Oct. 1, "Tales of a Traveling Fish Biologist," by Piller, an expert on fish;
-- Nov. 5, "The Conservation of Sea Turtles: Why Are They Cool and Important?" by Roldan Valverde, associate professor and current president of the International Sea Turtle Society; and
-- Dec. 3, "Why Does a Tadpole Change into a Frog, by Chris Beachy, head of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Crother said a full slate of seminars in the spring will include presentations on wetlands restoration, flowers and the role of insects and bugs in our lives.
For additional information on the seminar series, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.