Research Seminar Series

The Research Seminar Series was established to meet the need for a time and place for faculty and staff research information exchange. It began with our first research presentation on February 4, 2005. In its essence, the series is intended to build community and collegiality by setting the venue for you to communicate to others just what you do. It's casual and fun: a great way to relax, meet faculty from various disciplines and get a good feel for the University community at its best. We hope you'll join us!

The series runs Fridays from 3 to 4:30pm on the dates specified below. Approximately 16 events are held per academic year, with about 30 participants at each event. Attendance is growing! The ORSP staff appreciates your support! Don't miss these valuable opportunities to learn what others are doing on campus as well as share your own ideas!

2011-2012 was packed with great presentations! Special thanks goes out to all those who presented and to all those who attended. We would also like to thank Dr. Declan Mulhall, who acts as the faculty coordinator for this series. 

We're gearing up for the next round of Research Seminar Series events. Just scroll down to see the dates and venues for the 2013-2014 academic year. All events are held in Brennan Hall Room 509 (The Rose Room) unless otherwise indicated. Mark your calendars now! Hope to see you all there!

Want To Present?

We're always interested in your research! Please contact Dr. Declan Mulhall at or Dr. Tabbi Miller-Scandle at

Fall 2013 Series


David Friedricks, Ph.D.     Sociology/Criminal Justice
"Wall Street:  Crime Never Sleeps"


Michael Carey, Ph.D., Biology        
“Our Field Biologists Don't Fade Away, THEY SUCCEED”


Cyrus Olsen, Ph.D., Theology
"Tell it Slant:  Theology & University Education"


Andrew LaZella, Ph.D., Philosophy        
"I Don't Want to be a Part of any Club that will Accept Me as a Member:  The Problem of Universals from Plato to Pluto"


Robert Smith, Ph.D., Biology        
"Stopover Ecology of LandBird Migrants:  Why it's Good to be Fat, and other Migratory Tails"


Dr. Edward Kravitz, Harvard University, Sponsored by the Neuroscience/Biology Department
"Genetic Manipulations in the Fruit Fly Fight Club:  How Do Amine Neurons Work?


Professor Jason Graham, Mathematics    
“What Mathematicians like about Biology:  Rabbit Breeding, Disease, Hallucinations, and Musculoskeletal Physiology"

Spring 2014 Series


Michael Fennie, Ph.D., Chemistry
"Practical Approaches to Complexity in Organic Sythesis"


Darwin Day: Host - Barry Kuhle, Psychology Department and Presenters: Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D. Psychology;  Mike D. Carey, Ph.D.;  Marc Seid, Ph.D.;  Janice Voltzow, Biology;  Stephen E.  Whitaker, English and Erica Lasek-Nesselquist, Biology.


Zachary Huard, Ph.D., Physics/Electrical Engineering
"The Standard Model and a bit of charming non-perturbative flavor"


Rev. Michael Bellafiore, S. J., Theology/Religious Studies    
Presentation Title TBA    


Bryan Burnham, Ph.D., Psychology
Presentation Title TBA        


Earth Day:  Host – Jessica Nolan, Psychology Department – Presenters --Professor Nicholas Truncale, Physics/Electrical Engineering; Linda Ledford-Miller, Ph.D., World Languares and Cultures;  Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., Psychology and Abhijit Roy, Ph.D., Management/Marketing


Amy Banner, Ph.D., Counseling/Human Services
Presentation Title TBA
Pride, Passion, Promise: Experience Our Jesuit Tradition