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Faculty Lecture Series 2017-2018
"The Color of the Ocean"
Funding for the UND Faculty Lecture Series is provided by the Offices of the President and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
With special thanks to the North Dakota Museum of Art.
Reviving the Faculty Lecture Series
The Faculty Lecture Series was initiated in 1954, the first year of the presidency of Dr. George Starcher, and continued through 1988. The first presentation, “From the Viking Ships to Kon-Tiki,” was given by Dr. Richard Beck (1897-1980), who served on the faculty for 38 years and retired with the prestigious title of University Professor Emeritus of Languages. About 150 faculty have given presentations in the series. The diversity of topics is reflected in just a few of the titles: “Problems in Achieving Sustained Economic Progress,” “Themes of North DakoYeha ta History,” “A Great Shakespearean Enigma: the Sonnets,” “Is Success Destroying Psychology?” “The Continuing Search for Energy Fuels,” “You’ve Come a Long Way, Melancholy Baby: Women and Alcohol Abuse in America,” and “The Politics of Affluence.”
The Faculty Lecture Series continues through the funding of the Offices of the President, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is presented through the planning of the Faculty Lecture Series Committee
2017-18 Faculty Lecture Series Committee
- Holly Brown-Borg Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences
- Sharon Carson Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English
- Myrna Olson Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning
- William Sheridan Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biology
2017-18 Faculty Lecture Series
The Faculty Lecture Series seeks to cultivate a stronger academic atmosphere on the University of North Dakota campus by showcasing the scholarly research of faculty selected across the disciplines. The Lectures aim to present with some depth and rigor the scholarly questions and goals of the individual faculty members. In presenting their scholarship, the lecturers will share the enthusiasm and dedication that sustains their creative efforts.
The Lectures are occasions for members of the University community and public to engage and strengthen their sense of unity. It is also an opportunity to share the important work of the University with our broader community.
The 2017-18 Lecture Series features six presentations within the distinctive setting of the North Dakota Museum of Art. Faculty Lectures will be given on the following Wednesdays -
Colin Combs, Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, The Efforts to Understand the Inflammatory Aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease
Susan Ellis-Felege, Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences, One Tool, Two Outcomes: Using Camera Technology to Advance Wildlife Ecology and Mentor the Next Generation
Xiaodong Zhang, Department of Earth System Science & Policy, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, The Color of the Ocean
Kit Johnson, School of Law, Moguls, Models, Patients, and Princesses: Finding the Unexpected in Immigration law
John Fitzgerald, Department of Kinesiology & Public Education, College of Education & Human Development
Sima Noghanian, Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering & Mines
The schedule for each lecture is:
- 4 to 4:30 P.M. – Reception. All are invited to gather for fellowship, conversation, and refreshments.
- 4:30 to 6:00 P.M. –Lecture followed by Q&A
For more information about the UND Faculty Lecture Series, contact
Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biology
Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences
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"The Efforts to Understand the Inflammatory Aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease"
Prof. Colin Combs
Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine & Health Sciences
UND’s newest Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Colin Combs is the Chair and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. He has been a faculty member in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences since 2000. He is acclaimed as a scientist, a teacher, and a facilitator within his department, the School, and the University.
Combs is recognized internationally for his research on neuroimmune interactions during aging and neurodegenerative diseases. His laboratory focuses on understanding how the immune system contributes to brain changes during chronic neurodegenerative conditions and the potential for promoting neuroprotection by manipulating the behavior of brain-resident immune cells and microglia.
Combs is currently the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on three National Institutes of Health (NIH) RO1 grants — a remarkable achievement. Since 1997 he has had over 50 publications in high-level journals and served on numerous editorial boards.
In the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Combs is highly regarded as a teacher. He has received the Outstanding Block Instructor Award five times, his most recent award was in 2015. He has also been honored with the H. David Wilson Award in Neuroscience, the UND Spirit Award, and the Rev. Elmer and Min West Memorial Outstanding Faculty Award.
Colin Combs received a B.A. degree in chemistry from Berea (Ky.) College and the Ph.D. from the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester (N.Y.). Before joining the UND faculty in 2000, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University (OH.)