Research In Progress (RIP) Seminar Series

Our RIP series is designed to give up-and-coming biologists a chance to practice their presentation skills in a formal, but friendly environment. RIP speakers are primarily invited speakers from the surrounding area as well as our Masters students preparing to defend their thesis. We try to cater to a variety of interests throughout the semester, although some semesters we are more one-dimensional than others.

This year we have initiated a new mini workshop series focused on providing graduate students the tools that they need to succeed in science, no matter where they may end up after graduating. We are very excited about this workshop series and we feel that they will be beneficial to all attendees. We hope to see many ECU biology students for these, and welcome others who wish to better themselves as scientists.

Hope to see you all on Mondays at noon this semester!

Seminars are held in room N109 in the Howell Science Complex.                                                                                                                                     












Aug 24




No RIP, first   day of classes






Aug 31


Jonathan Busada


Retinoic Acid   Signaling Through PI3K/AKT/mTOR is Required for Spermatogonial   Differentiation in the Mouse




Dr. Christopher   Geyer


Sep 7




No RIP, state holiday






Sep 14


Dr. Elizabeth Ables,   Faten Taki, and Dr. Kyle Summers


RIP workshop: Navigating   Peer Review






Sep 21


Sophie Zebell


Live and Let   Die; Regulation of Programmed Cell Death During Plant Immunity


Duke University


Dr. Xinnian Dong


Sep 28


Lindsay Leverett


Timing is   everything: phenology and ontogeny mediate competition and facilitation in   plants


Duke University


Dr. Kathleen Donohue


Oct 5




No RIP, faculty   candidate






Oct 12




No RIP, fall   break






Oct 19


David Hines


The effects of   seawater intrusion on the estuarine nitrogen cycle: A comparative network   analysis


University of   North Carolina at Wilmington


Dr. Stuart   Borrett


Oct 26


Amanda Clauser


Climate-related   challenges to the reproductive success of the King Rail (Rallus elegans)




Dr. Sue McRae


Nov 2


Amelia Helms and   Deborah Lichti


RIP workshop: Communicating with the   public






Nov 9




No RIP, faculty candidate






Nov 16




No RIP, faculty candidate






Nov 23


Hongmei   Li-Byarlay


Honey Bee Aggression Behavior and   Genetic Basis


North   Carolina State University


Dr. David Tarpy


Nov 30


Dr. Charlene   Ding


Characterize genetic interaction   between fuzzy tassel (fzt) abd knotted 1(kn1) in maize




Dr. Beth   Thompson


Dec 7


Dr. Dhana, Rao


It takes two to tango - Coaggregation   in multispecies biofilms


Marshall   University




*Undergraduates (or their faculty mentors) who want to present a poster should contact Adam Stuckert (stuckerta10[at]

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