Horizons 2021

Erin McKenneyJanuary 28 • Erin McKenney, Ph.D., The Public Science Lab, Ph.D., Duke University, M.S., North Carolina State University Food, Guts, and Bugs: Keys to a Cultured Life Dr. Erin McKenney studies how microbial communities form over time and how they adapt to their environments. In this presentation, she will discuss how ecology and nutrition impact the gut microbiomes of over 22 species, with implications for promoting health and understanding disease. Her interest in microbial cultures, such as those in fermented foods, have provided an opportunity to investigate the relationship to human cultures. Microbial cultures also provide accessible systems for studying microbiology without formal laboratory equipment. By combining citizen science and global collaborations, Erin brings research into the classroom to empower students of all ages.
February 18 • Frederick Davis, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of History at Purdue University Rachel Carson and the Wonder of Nature Rachel Carson’s bestselling exposé of the ecological and health risks of chemical pesticides arguably started the US environmental movement. Her comprehensive work addressed national, global environmental issues, including extensive research in Florida. Carson’s work led to the banning of DDT in the US, while this might be the most notable outcome of her work, the breadth of her message holds much more widespread importance.
March 18 • TBA
April 15 • TBA
To view an outline of past Horizons events, click here