Lester Newman Seminar Series

Welcome to the PSU Biology Department Lester Newman Seminar Series. Seminars are free and open to the public. Seminars are hosted on ZOOM ( from 12-1pm on Thursdays. Please join the ZOOM by 11:55am. Recordings of the seminar are not available. For additional information, please contact Professor Anna-Louise Reysenbach (

Please see this spreadsheet for past and future seminar topics.

April 1st 2021

The origin of cell eating in Earth history

Daniel Mills

Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University, Host: Reysenbach

April 8th 2021

From seeps to reefs, uncovering ecosystem response to disturbance from microbes on up

Andrew Thurber

Assistant Professor, Oregon State University - Host: Buckley

April 15th 2021


The Mechanisms and Evolution of Extreme Mutation Rate Variation in Plant Mitochondrial Genomes

Daniel Sloan

Associate Professor - Department of Biology, Colorado State University - Host: Estes

April 22nd 2021

Equity pedagogies in the higher education classroom

Bryan Dewsbury

Associate Professor of Biology - University of Rhode Island - Host: Shortlidge

April 29th 2021

Biobehavioral Approaches to Address Cardiovascular Health Disparities

Tiffany M. Powell-Wiley MD, MPH, FAHA

Stadtman Tenure-track Investigator - Chief - Social Determinants of Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Laboratory Cardiovascular Branch, Division of Intramural Research, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - Adjunct Investigator, Intramural Research Program, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities - NIH - Host: Napier

May 6th 2021

Title TBD

Dave Lytle

Oregon State University - Host: Estes

May 13th 2021

Exploring the evolved small molecules of uncultured microbes

Jason C. Kwan

Associate Professor of Drug Discovery, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Host: Reysenbach

May 20th 2021

Do anthropogenic impacts on the gut metagenome underlie the rise of chronic disease?

Thomas Sharpton

Associate Professor - Oregon State University - Host: Reysenbach

May 27th 2021

Mechanisms and consequences of adaptation to geothermal soils in yellow monkeyflowers

Lila Fishman

Professor, University of Montana - Host: Cruzan


June 3rd 2021

Using evolutionary biology as a mechanic in video games: educational, scientific, and design implications

Barrie Robinson

Professor - Department of Biological Sciences - Director - Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies - University of Idaho - Host: Brown