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Biology Colloquium series to focus on environment

Seminole State's Biology Colloquium allows local experts to discuss topics and issues related to biology with students, faculty and community members.

This semester, Seminole State College of Florida’s Biology Department is teaming up with the Environmental Initiative Club to present the Biology Colloquium series, which will explore Florida’s native and exotic ecology.

The series, titled “The Environment Around Us,” includes three afternoon sessions on Seminole State’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The sessions are free and open to the public. For the first time this year, attendees will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of all three seminars.

“I’m thrilled to participate in this year’s Biology Colloquium,” says Dr. Debra Socci, a biology professor who became involved through her work with the Seminole State Environmental Club. “When I listen to students, I know that they care about the world around them. They recognize that ignorance is the biggest threat to the environment, and they want to learn more and do things to help make their natural community a better place.”

Here are the upcoming sessions:

  • Friday, Feb. 14: “What Are Invasive Species and How Do They Affect Us?,” presented by Dr. Elizabeth Stephens, program coordinator for Seminole Education, Restoration, and Volunteer (SERV) in Seminole County. This event will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Seminole State’s Partnership Center, room UP-1205, on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
  • Friday, March 21: “Florida-Friendly Landscaping: The Nine Principles,” presented by Taryn Sudol, a Florida-friendly extension agent for UF-IFAS Extension at Seminole County. This event will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Seminole State’s Partnership Center, room UP-1205, on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
  • Friday, April 11: “Celebrating the Wild Side of Florida: Portals into Nature, Culture, and Sense of Place,” presented by environmental writer and documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville. This event will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Seminole State’s Fine Arts Concert Hall, room G-118, on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

The April 11 event with Bill Belleville is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funding from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. Co-sponsors include Read to Succeed, Seminole State’s Quality Enhancement Plan; the Seminole State Library; and the Office of Student Life.

“I started the Biology Colloquium series with the thought that it would be beneficial to expose students to professionals in the community who are working in scientific careers,” says Dr. Marisol de Jesus Berrios, a biology professor at Seminole State. “It’s gratifying to give students the opportunity to talk one-on-one with local biologists. I believe this is a great avenue for the College and our community to get together and learn together.”

Since 2010, Seminole State’s Biology Department has used the Biology Colloquium to present topics and issues related to various fields of biology. For more information, please contact Marisol De Jesus Berrios at berriosm@seminolestate.edu. To learn more about the Biology Department, visit the department Web page, or call 407.708.2213.

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