STEM Speaker Series

STEM Speaker Series

The STEM Speaker Series features lectures on a range of topics covering the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Lectures are offered in the fall and spring semesters and are open to students, faculty and community members. The series is coordinated by Sidney Kolpas, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

Next Talk

Graphic"Bio Medical Research and the Role of Animals"
Paula Clifford, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research
Tuesday, November 25
11:10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
STEM 1403

Clifford is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research where she is responsible for the vision and oversight of this state-wide organization. Her primary goal is to educate the public about biomedical research and the role of animals in that research.

Before any discovery can be tested in humans, there is a critical stage involving animals to determine if the discovery is safe and effective. Biomedical research involves a demanding path of science and discovery leading to new treatments and cures for people and animals. 

It is only through research with animals that scientists were first able to develop a treatment for respiratory distress syndrome in premature babies, a vaccine for rabies in dogs and it is only through the continuation of biomedical research that future drugs and medical devices can truly save lives.

This talk will highlight the value of biomedical research and the role of animals in that research. Topics will include types of animals needed, regulations protecting laboratory
animals and care provided to ensure high standards of animal welfare.

Upcoming Talks

  • Chris Curtin, February 24, "The Science and DNA of Chocolate"
  • Steve Aquilani, March 24, "Ecology"
  • Sid Kolpas, April 28, "A Mathematical Magic Show"

Past Talks

"Phone Application Development"
Robert Rodini, October 24, 2014

"Lewis Carroll: Fantasy and Mathematics"
Sid Kolpas, April 29, 2014, PDF


"Modeling Neurological Diseases"

Nicole Sunnen, March 25, 2014

"Civil Engineering: Plotting A Different Course"

Christopher Garrell, PE, LEED AP, Feb. 25, 2014, PDF

Christopher Garrell

"Biochar: An Ancient Solution To The New Problems of Climate Change
and Food Security"
by Russ Losco, Nov. 26, 2013

"Technology in Modern Dentistry: Not the 'Same Old Drill'

Dr. Andrew Lieberman, Rose Tree Dental Group in Media, Oct. 29, 2013

"Mathematical Biology: Modeling the Motion of Individuals and Populations"

Dr. Allison Kolpas, April 23. 2013

"Achieving Excellence in the World of Architecture: An Architect's Perspective"

Ed Rahme, March 26, 2013

"The Peopling of the Caribbean: A genetic perspective"

Dr. Miguel Vilar, Feb. 26, 2013

"Tales from a Chemist"

Dr. Danniebelle Haase, Instructor of Chemistry, Nov. 20, 2012