Biology Seminar Series: Dr. Yingxi Lin, PhD

The Biology Seminar Series welcomes  Dr. Yingxi Lin, PhD , Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Her seminar is titled, Active Neuronal Ensembles.   Dr. Lin’s Research Interests: Using multi-disciplinary approaches to explore molecular and synaptic mechanisms of learning and memory – how experiences shape the developing brain, how experiences change behaviors, and mechanisms underlying neurological disorders. Learn more about Dr. Lin’s work here.  Hosted by Dr. Yasir Ahmed-Braimah Dr. Lin’s seminar will take place in LSC 106 (Lundgren Room) and will be available to join via Zoom for those who cannot attend in-person. Please contact Nichole Miller for Zoom link.


CUSE Biomaterials Seminar: Recent Developments in Zwitterionic Materials for Biomedical Applications

Recent Developments in Zwitterionic Materials for Biomedical Applications Dr. Shaoyi Jiang, Robert S. Langer ’70 Family and Friends Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University Abstract: An important challenge in many applications is the prevention of unwanted nonspecific biomolecular and macromolecular attachment on surfaces from implants to drug delivery carriers. We have demonstrated that zwitterionic materials and surfaces are highly resistant to nonspecific protein adsorption and microorganism attachment from complex media. Typical zwitterionic materials include poly(carboxybetaine), poly(sulfobetaine), poly(trimethylamine N-oxide), and glutamic acid (E) and lysine (K)-containing poly(peptides). Unlike poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), there exist diversified zwitterionic molecular structures to accommodate various properties and applications. Furthermore, zwitterionic materials are super-hydrophilic while their PEG counterparts are amphiphilic.  In this talk, I will discuss the application of zwitterionic materials to implants, stem cell cultures for controlled preservation/expansion/differentiation, medical devices and drug delivery carriers. With zwitterionic coatings, hydrogels or nanoparticles, results show no capsule formation upon subcutaneous implantation in mice for one year, expansion of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) without differentiation, no anti-coagulants needed for artificial lungs in sheep, and no antibodies generated against zwitterionic polymers. Currently, we are integrating immunology into our biomaterials research and translating our biomaterials to applications ranging from cancer immunotherapy and vaccine to regenerative and precision medicine. For Zoom information, please contact Era Jain.


“Can I Kiss You”

The Office of Student Living presents “Can I Kiss You?,” one of the most inclusive and sought-after programs for providing specific how-to skills for teaching consent, bystander intervention and addressing sexual assault. Each year, the program is delivered to tens of thousands of students on campuses all over North America.


Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR) Veteran Services and Needs in New York state Oct. 28

Thursday Morning Roundtable is now being held online. We use Zoom to hear presentations from our speakers and facilitate a Q&A after the presentation. New York State Assembly member Pamela Hunter and Maureen Casey, chief operating officer of Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families will speak about services and needs for veterans in New York state. Oct. 28: Veteran Services and Needs in New York state Meeting Time:  8 a.m. ET Please click here to register to attend this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

K.D. Nelson Lecture – Dr. Li Li

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences presents the K.D. Nelson Lecture Series featuring  speaker Dr. Li Li from Penn State University. Her talk is titled: “The shallow and deep hypothesis: linking flow paths, biogeochemical reactions, and stream chemistry in the Critical Zone ” Hydrological flow and biogeochemical processes in the Critical Zone (CZ) are intimately coupled, yet their respective sciences have often progressed without as much integration. This lack of integration hinders mechanistic understanding and forecasting of earth surface and water response to human- and climate-induced perturbations. This talk will highlight insights gleaned from integrated hydro-biogeochemical measurements and modeling in the CZ. In particular, recent water chemistry data (carbon, nitrogen, and geogenic solutes) and hydro-biogeochemistry modeling has propelled the idea that shallow and deep flow paths connect waters of distinct chemistries at different subsurface depths to streams under variable flow conditions; and that the extent of shallow versus deep chemistry differences shape concentration-discharge relationship in streams. This idea underscores the importance of subsurface structure and vertical hydrological connectivity relative to the extensively studied horizontal connectivity and topography. Broadly, this hypothesis can potentially serve as a conceptual framework that links CZ subsurface structure to its hydrological and biogeochemical functioning under diverse climate, geology, and land cover conditions.

Mechanics of Disease and Development group meeting

Mechanics of Disease and Development: Disease like cancer, asthma, and certain congenital malformations remain stubbornly resistant to traditional medical approaches. An understanding of the biomechanics of how cells and tissue interact with each other and with the environment are an emerging frontier for new approaches for controlling disease and understanding how congenital disease emerges during development. In this Focus Group Meeting, speakers from the Castañeda (Biology) and Ross (Physics) groups will discuss the general theme of clustering and self-organization at the sub-cellular level. After the talks, we will work together as an audience with the panel of speakers to find commonality across projects. The meeting schedule will be: 3 – 4 : Research talks 4 – 4:30: Discussion 4:30 – 5: Social The meeting will be hybrid; please contact Jeremy Steinbacher for a Zoom link.


Online and Hybrid Learning: Challenges and Opportunities

Teaching an online or hybrid course is very different than teaching students exclusively face-to-face. Learning to effectively use instructional technologies is part of the challenge. So is interacting with students that you don’t see in person. This seminar in the Certificate in University Teaching series will explore the unique challenges and opportunities of an online or hybrid class, and will provide strategies for delivering content, engaging remote students, and creating dialogue. We will also discuss techniques for delivering assessments remotely and methods for providing meaningful and timely feedback. The seminar is led by Michael Morrison, Associate Director of Academic Service Centers with ITS.


Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR) Aging and At Home Care in CNY Nov. 4

Thursday Morning Roundtable is now being held online. We use Zoom to hear presentations from our speakers and facilitate a Q&A after the presentation. JoAnne Spoto Decker, Commissioner and Executive Director, Onondaga County Office for Aging, and Claire Pendergrast of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will speak about Aging and At Home care in central New York. Nov. 4: Aging and At Home Care in Central New York Meeting Time:  8 a.m. ET Please click here to register to attend this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide

An estimated 93% of graduate students in the humanities and social sciences won’t get a tenure-track job, yet many still assume that a tenured professorship is the only successful outcome for a Ph.D. With the academic job market in such crisis, this presentation by Ph.D. and former academic Christopher Caterine helps grad students and academics in any scholarly field find satisfying careers beyond higher education. From the research he did for his book Leaving Academia, Chris offers invaluable advice to visiting and adjunct instructors ready to seek new opportunities, to scholars caught in “tenure-trap” jobs, to grad students interested in non-academic work, and to committed academics who want to support their students and contingent colleagues more effectively. Ten copies of Chris’s book will be given away by raffle to attendees. The event is sponsored by the CNY Humanities Corridor working group, “Humanities Beyond the Academy.”


AMH Colloquium Series: “Dance, Discipline, and Dignity: Military Music and Race in the British Colonial Caribbean”

Maria Ryan, Assistant Professor of Musicology, Florida State University Maria Ryan researches and writes about how African and African-descended people in the Americas theorized, performed, and listened to music with European origins in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Dr. Ryan’s current project investigates the relationship between racialization and music in the British colonial Caribbean, exploring the many ways that African-descended musicians and listeners engaged with music with European origins. Caption: “8 W. India Regmt.” Quizem, Sketches of West Indian life, 1810-1814. Print Collection, National Library of Jamaica  


Stevenson Biomaterials Lecture Series and Research Poster Session

2021 Stevenson Biomaterials Lecturer Henk J. Busscher Professor-Head of Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Groningen Netherlands Director-owner of a consulting company: Scientific and Applied Surface Advice; Editor, Colloid and Surfaces B Presentation “Fulfilling the promises of biomaterials and nanotechnology for bacterial infection control” Virtual Sessions: Keynote Lecture: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Rapid-Fire Student Presentations: 11:30 a.m. to 12:45p.m. In Person Sessions: Life Sciences Complex Atrium Poster Presentation with refreshments: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Awards & Prizes Presentation: 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Event Registration and Abstract Submission Please submit abstracts by Friday, October 8. The Stevenson Biomaterials Lecture Series The Stevenson Biomaterials Lecture Series was established in 2007 thanks to the generous support of the late Trustee’s Ann McOmber Stevenson (Nursing ‘52) and Milton F. Stevenson III (Chemical Engineering ’53). Each semester, the series brings pioneering biomaterials researchers to the Syracuse University campus. Presenters are selected based on their leading roles in biomaterials research, and are asked to speak on their latest endeavors. In addition, Stevenson lecturers visit with faculty and students to exchange ideas, build bridges, and become familiar with the broad range of biomaterials activities at Syracuse University.


CUSE Biomaterials Seminar: Rebecca Wachs, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Dr. Rebecca Wachs, Assistant Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Research interest: Low Back Pain and Osteoarthritis; Biomaterials – hydrogels, microparticles, drug delivery systems; Neural Engineering; Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatories For Zoom information, please contact Era Jain.


Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR) Legalized Cannabis in New York Nov. 11

Thursday Morning Roundtable is now being held online. We use Zoom to hear presentations from our speakers and facilitate a Q&A after the presentation. Allan Ganelman, president of the New York Cannabis Growers & Processors Association, and Joe Rossi, managing director and chair of the Cannabis Practice Group at Park Strategies, will speak about legalized cannabis in New York. Nov. 11: Legalized Cannabis in New York Meeting Time:  8 a.m. ET Please click here to register to attend this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Ordinary Notes: On the (Un)Making of Black Meanings

Christina Sharpe (York University, Toronto) Renowned scholar Christina Sharpe delivers a lecture on the various Black meanings embedded in the “ordinary” notes that compose Black Life. Offering a critical reading of The No Words Project, Sharpe’s presentation engages questions of worldmaking and worldbreaking that are at the center of convention. This event is part of Syracuse Symposium’s year-long series on “Conventions.”


Paul Volcker Lecture in Behavioral Economics

Katy Milkman (University of Pennsylvania) will give the seventh annual Paul Volcker Lecture in Behavioral Economics. For more information, please contact Katrina Fiacchi at