Departmental Seminars

Fall Semester 2019: 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm in RITA 103

Monday, October 7, 2019
Drs. Chris Korey (Biology) and Chris Warnick (English)

FYEvolution: The Significance of the Junior Year in Student Transitions

This talk presents findings from the second phase of a four-year longitudinal study examining students’ academic and social transitions at the College of Charleston, a four-year liberal arts and sciences college. Data from interviews and reflective essays shows that the junior year was a significant moment of transition for students. This year will be put in the context of the findings from the first two years on the study.  Often overlooked in academic studies of student transition, the junior year, according to the students we studied, was when they “figured things out,” developing career paths, implementing effective time management practices, and cultivating relationships with faculty. In addition to sharing these findings, we’ll discuss and facilitate conversation about the implications for curriculum and program design.

Monday, August 26, 2019
Esther van der Knapp

Esther van der Knaap, Department of Horticulture and Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, University of Georgia

The presentation will cover a brief overview of the graduate program in the plant sciences at the University of Georgia, followed by research presentation entitled:

A common mechanism underlies morphological diversity in plants

Tomato fruit shape and size varies considerable among varieties. The research in my lab focuses on identifying the molecular genetic basis of the fruit morphological variation.   We used positional cloning, protein interaction studies, and genome editing, to identify a genetic pathway that regulates tomato shape. Together with data from other crops and model plant species, we discovered that the interaction of these proteins provide possible mechanistic insights into the regulation of morphological variation in plants and a framework that may apply to organ growth in all plant species.



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