Science Institute Calendar of Events!

On behalf of the Science Institute, we are happy to share this year's exciting calendar of events presented by the departments of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Psychological and Brain Sciences. All events are open to the campus community.  The Science Institute website will soon feature a link for all science and math events, which will be updated throughout the year. 

Calendar of Science/Math Events ’23 – ‘24
Open to All Faculty and Students


All lectures will be held in-person on the following Wednesdays at Noon in the Library Multimedia Auditorium - 101. Refreshments will be provided.


September 27, 2023 

Sarah Knutie, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Institute for Systems Genomics, University of Connecticut

Finch in a pinch: Effect of human activity on Darwin’s finches in the Galápagos Islands


October 25, 2023

Mike Certo ’04, PhD, Vice President, Research and Technology Development, 2Seventy Bio

Development and application of genome editing technology for cell-based therapeutics in oncology and beyond: From writing papers at Fairfield to writing genomes in biotech


November 29, 2023

Jason Ramsay, PhD, Associate Professor, Biology Department, Westfield State University

Prey processing in sharks, rays and basal vertebrates, new insights on the origin of chewing


January 24, 2024

Gabriela Vida ’18, PhD Candidate, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Investigating how niche shape coordinates stem cell behavior


February 21, 2024

Matt Schuler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Montclair State University

Investigating how urban landscapes alter freshwater environments


March 20, 2024

Zac Freedman ’05, PhD, Assistant Professor and O.N. Allen Professor of Soil Microbiology, Department of Soil Science, UW-Madison

It’s the little things that count: Unraveling the link between microbial ecology and the future fate of soil carbon


April 17, 2024

Shelley Phelan, PhD, Professor, Biology Department, Fairfield University

Natural products as anti-cancer agents? Investigating the effect and mechanism of plant compounds on human breast cancer cells



All meetings will be held on the following Fridays from 2:00 – 3:15 pm.


September 15, 2023 (Past)

Welcome Gathering in BNW 254


September 22, 2023 (Past)

Science Careers Workshop w/ Career Planning in the Kelley Center


September 29, 2023

Prof. Esther Braselmann, Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Georgetown University

Seminar in BNW 254


October 20, 2023

Raquel “Rocky” Reilly (‘20), Ph.D. candidate at Yale

Alumni Seminar in BNW 254


November 10, 2023

Dr. Stephen Zambrzycki, American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical University of South Carolina

Seminar in BNW 254


November 17, 2023

Undergraduate Research Seminars - TBD

BNW 254


December 1, 2023

Undergraduate Research Seminars - TBD

BNW 254


December 8, 2023

Undergraduate Research Seminars - TBD

BNW 254




September 15, 2023 (Past)

4:00 - 6:00 pm in NHS 224

The Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chad Topaz

Mini Symposium: “Breaking the Stereotype on Who Math Majors Are and What They Do”

Open to faculty, students, and high school students


October 18

5:00-6:00 PM

Speakers: Julia Jammalo and Lingran Zhang

Math Colloquium 

Open to faculty and students


November 9, 2023

5:00 pm

Speakers: Ashley Zhang and Michaela Thompson

Math Colloquium

Open to faculty and students




December 4, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm, Alumni House

Speakers: Joseph S. DeLuca, Ph.D., Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW (MA), & Michelle Pagnotta, LPC (MA), NCC

Clinical Presentation and Networking Event: Early-stage Psychosis Screening and Referral: Best Practices in Interdisciplinary Care


Registration details will be sent out soon, and interested graduate student/undergraduate students/faculty may contact: 

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For more information, contact Shelley Phelan / x3120 /