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Science Seminars

All seminars begin at 3:30 pm in the Collins Building, room 278
Pre-seminar refreshments will be provided in the lobby at 3:15 p.m. (Please remember no food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium)

Wednesday, September 17

Topic: Energy Future

David McNelis, PhD
Director, Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economic Development, UNC-Chapel Hill

Professor David N. McNelis has more than 50 years of environmental sciences and engineering experience in federal government, university and industry settings. He served in research and research management positions with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Public Health Service and the Environmental Protection Agency; with the Department of Energy's prime contractor for the Nevada Test Site; and with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He now serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economic Development in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillís Institute for the Environment and as President of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technologies, LLC. In addition to being a Research Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC, he is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at NCSU. Currently Dr. McNelis specializes in the environment and in energy, i.e., conventional, alternative and nuclear energy systems and technologies and the nuclear fuel cycle (including partitioning, transmutation, repository capacity and nuclear non-proliferation).

Wednesday, October 22

Topic: His recent work in Africa treating patients with Ebola

William Fischer II, MD
Clinical Instructor, Division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, UNC School of Medicine

Wednesday, November 19

Topic: The use of 3-D laser microscopy to analyze the composition of paint used in Renaissance paintings

Warren S. Warren, PhD
James B. Duke Professor of Chemistry, Duke University Population Research Institute

Past Science Seminar Topics

Fish Tales: Rise and Fall of the Lionfish and River Herring

Social environmental effects on primate gene regulation and evolution

Thymus Transplantation for Complete DiGeorge Anomaly

The Future of Energy

Cannibalistic Tadpoles: Altered developmental programs underlying their novel gut morphology

An Introduction to Biotech Product Development: The Story of Bioengineered Veins

Electrochemistry in the Driver's Seat

The Science and Technology of Concussion Prevention

Molecular Insights into Southeast Asian Amphibian and Reptile Diversity and Conservation

Are Designer Babies on the Way?

Taking Advantag of Disaster: The Microbial Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Bioengeneering the the Common Silkworm to Produce Biomimetic Spider Silk

Bioreactors for Air Pollution Control: How Bacteria Can Treat Industrial Pollution

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