Darwin thinking

Sixth Annual Wehner Research Symposium

Darwin Day Celebration

This symposium is made possible through a generous donation from the estate of Madelon Wehner (née Grimm, MSU Class of 1939). Sponsored by the Department of Biology and the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University.

… from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

Schedule of Events

8:30
Registration/Poster Setup (CELS Atrium)
Continental Breakfast
9:00
WELCOME (CELS 120)
Drs. Julian Keenan, Kevin Bilyk, and Matthew Aardema, Department of Biology
Dr. Scott Kight, Associate Dean, CSAM
9:10
STUDENT PRESENTATION (CELS 120)
“Natural versus urban soil organic carbon stocks: a meta-analysis”
Presenter: Shih-Chieh Chien | Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Krumins
9:25
STUDENT PRESENTATION (CELS 120)
“Determining the relationship between the tubulin code and microtubule-associated proteins in C. elegans
Presenter: Sasha Avrutis | Advisor: Dr. Bob O’Hagan
Additional Authors: Nicole Ross, Ellia Daniel
9:40
STUDENT PRESENTATION (CELS 120)
“Arbacia punctulata preference for algal turf over kelp in a degraded forest ecosystem”
Presenter: Ken Ham | Advisor: Dr. Colette Feehan
Additional Authors: Sophia Kelly, Carla A. Narvaez, Sean P. Grace
9:55
STUDENT PRESENTATION (CELS 120)
“The role of ICER in melanoma: A survival study in zebrafish”
Presenter: Melissa Spigelman | Advisor: Dr. Carlos Molina
Additional Authors: James Reilly, Melissa Pallen
10:10
Snack Break (CELS Atrium)
10:15
KEYNOTE ADDRESS (CELS 120)
ROY HAMILTON, MD, MS, FAAN
Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pennsylvania
“Stimulating Brains and Opening Minds: The Multifaceted Career of a Neurologist, Neuroscientist, and Diversity Advocate”
11:30 – 12:30
POSTER SESSION (CELS ATRIUM)
Student presenters will be available to answer questions related to their poster at this time.
12:00
LUNCH (CELS ATRIUM)