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Coastal hosts Eyes on Biology lecture series

September 17, 2004

The first lecture in a series called Eyes on Biology will be Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Wall Auditorium on the Coastal Carolina University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Death by a Thousand Cuts will be the topic discussed by Kevin S. Godwin, assistant professor in Coastals department of biology. His talk will deal with the implications of the U.S. Supreme Courts isolated wetland ruling on South Carolina wetlands.

Godwin earned a Ph.D. in landscape ecology from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he focused on wetland communities. His current research interests include biogeographic patterns of wetland occurrence, mechanisms responsible for wetland plant community structure, and the ability of wetland fauna to successfully disperse in anthropogenic landscapes.

On Oct. 20, Karen Aguirre will discuss A Fungus Among Us: A microbe that causes meningitis is hiding in plain sight. The seminar is at 7 p.m. in Wall Auditorium.

Aguirre is assistant professor of biology at Coastal and for several years has been studying interactions between immune systems and a medically important fungus that can cause meningitis. She earned a bachelors degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University. She holds an adjunct membership at the Trudeau Institute for immunological research, and has published numerous articles in biomedical journals. She joined the Coastal faculty this year and will be teaching cell biology and immunology.

On Nov. 18, Richard Koesterer will discuss On Safari in Kenya at 7 p.m. in Wall Auditorium.

Koesterer earned a Ph.D. from St. Louis University and taught at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, prior to coming to Coastal in 1979. He also spent two years in Kenya while on sabbatical as a Fulbright Scholar. He teaches a variety of courses, which include the natural history of East Africa and the natural history of the rainforest and the Galapagos Islands. His research interests focus on fish electrophysiology and tropical biology.

The Eyes on Biology lecture series is sponsored by Coastals Department of Biology. For more information, call 349-2238.