Seminar Archives

Seminars from several years ago hosted by Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science are listed below.




Fall, 2017, Biology Division Seminar

 Coordinators:            Christopher Reigstad, Concordia University,

 Schedule of Speakers

ACCA Fall Biology Seminar: Human (and Other) Microbiomes

Tuesdays, 7PM – 9PM

Benedictine University, Birck-112 (Tellabs)

Campus map:

DATESpeaker and Tentative Title
9/12Dr. Christopher S. Reigstad (Concordia University Chicago)

History and Highlights of Mammalian Microbiome Research

9/19Dr. Sarah O’Brien (University of Chicago)

The Microbial Habitat in Soil

9/26Dr. Jacob Herman (University of Chicago)

Effects of Host Genetics on the Microbiome: Insights from the Model Plant Arabidopsis thaliana.

10/3Dr. Jack Gilbert (Argonne National Lab/University of Chicago)

Why Dirt is Good

10/10Dr. Jun Sun (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Vitamin D and Microbiome

10/17Dr. Hannah Holscher (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Nourishing Your Gut Microbiome

10/24Dr. Kathryn Knight (Loyola University)

Eat Natto for Your Health

11/7Dr. Brenda Anne Wilson (U of I, Urbana-Champaign)

Our Evolving Microbiomes

11/14Dr. Katherine Amato (Northwestern University)

Into the Wild: Exploring the Influence of Microbes on Host Ecology and Evolution






2015 ACCA Fall Chemistry Seminar

Tuesday 7-9pm

North Central College

Larrance Academic Center, Room 5

Streamed Live via BlackBoard Collaborator

Date       Institution                Speaker                                                           Topic                                                  

9/15        UI-Chicago              An Li                                 Persistent Organic Pollutants

9/22        LanzaTech                Mike Schultz                     2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Award for Greener Synthetic Pathways: Transforming Waste Gases Using Microbes

9/29        Iowa State                Javier Vela                        Chemical Approaches to the Synthesis and Study of Nanostructured Materials for Catalysis and Energy Conversion: The Case of Transition Metal Phosphides and Organometal Halide Perovskites

10/6        Wisconsin                 Matthew Ginder-Vogel    Contaminant Transformation and Retention by Environmentally Relevant Minerals

10/13      Missouri                   Rainer Glaser                    CO2 Capture from Air

10/20      Argonne National    Ken Kemner                      An Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation and its Application to Biogeochemistry

10/27      Argonne National    Ed O’Loughlin                  Cycling of Major/Minor Elements and the Fate and Transport of Contaminants in Natural Systems

11/3        Michigan                  Kerri Pratt                         Chemical Interactions between Atmospheric Trace Gases, Particles, Clouds and Snow

11/10      Chicago                    Elisabeth Moyer                Atmospheric Science: Global Warming

11/17      Ecolab                      Pat Murray                        Responsible Use of Water in Industrial Processes

The seminar will take place in the Larrance Academic Center (LAC), room 5, in Naperville, IL. The attached map shows LAC as building #3 on the north end of campus. You can use that parking lot just to the north of it. As you can see we are two blocks south of the train line or two miles south of I-88. Directions to campus can be found at

Please do not hesitate to call on me (or Dr. Sanders) if you have any questions.

Dr. Paul Brandt              or            Dr. Becky Sanders

630-637-5193                                630-637-5175          

ACCA Computer Science

Fall 2015

Seminar Series

September Talks

All talks take place on Wednesday Nights from 7pm – 8pm (or longer as necessary)


Parallel Thinking: the Gateway to High Performance Computing


Dr. Robert M. Panoff Ph.D., D.Sc.

President and Executive Director

Shodor and the National Computational Science Institute

For this talk on 9/16/15,

ACCA-only faculty/students/presenters

use this link to enter into the Adobe Connect Room


High Performance Computing @ Argonne National Laboratory*


Dr. Michael E. Papka Deputy Associate Laboratory Director – Computing, Environment and Life Sciences Director – Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and Associate Professor of Computer Science Northern Illinois University

*Place: Daniels Hall 212 on Elmhurst College Campus

and will also be broadcasted via Adobe Connect




Dr. Alan B. Craig

Associate Director for Human-Computer Interaction at the

Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science

and Researcher at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications

… and more talks in October and November.

Previous Seminars


            ACCA Biology Spring 2014:  Neurobiology at the Molecular and Cellular Level

                         All sessions meet at Benedictine University, Tellabs lecture room, Birck Hall –                                  BK112

Tuesday January 28th, 7 – 9 PM     (cancelled because of weather – will be rescheduled)

            Kimberly McClure, Elmhurst College

            “Why flies like getting buzzed: using Drosophila melanogaster as a model for alcohol     research”

Tuesday February 4th, 7 – 9 PM

            Sarah London, University of Chicago

            Mechanisms of memory:  song learning in Zebra finches

Tuesday February 11th, 7 – 9 PM

            Saverio Gentile, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University

            “Potassium channels in cancer cells: A tool to reprogram immortality”

Tuesday February 18th, 7 – 9 PM

            Irina Calin-Jageman, Dominican University

            “Identification of novel genes regulated in Aplysia sensitization”

Tuesday February 25th, 7 – 9 PM

            Marco Gallio, Northwestern University

            Temperature sensation in Drosophila melanogaster

Tuesday March 4th, 7 – 9 PM

            Eric Norstrom, DePaul University

“Proteomic discovery of novel protein interactions with relevance to Alzheimer’s Disease”

Tuesday March 11th, 7 – 9 PM

            Thomas Bozza, Northwestern University

            Molecular genetics and physiology of mammalian olfaction  

 Tuesday March 18th

            Benedictine University Spring Break – No Seminar

 Tuesday March 25th

            Ravi Allada, Northwestern University

            “Clocks, Sleep, and Flies”

 Tuesday April 1

            Melina Hale, University of Chicago

            Biomechanics and neurobiology of movement in fish

 Tuesday April 8



 Organizer:  Scott Kreher, Dominican University;


ACCA Chemistry Seminar Series

“Chemistry & the Modern World”

Spring 2014

Krentz Center KZ120

Concordia University


All seminars are Tuesday evenings from 7 pm until 9 pm.


2/4/2014          Eddy Tysoe

                        University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

                        (Thin films and catalysis)

2/11/2014        Petr Kral

                        University of Illinois-Chicago

                        “Functionalized Nanocarbons: Nanofluidics, electronics, and self-


2/18/2014        Open

2/25/2014        Carey Southern

                        DePaul University

                        (Using fluorescence to study biomolecules)

3/4/2014          Jeff Elam

                        Argonne National Labs

                        (Atomic layer deposition)

3/11/2014        Francesca Casadio

                        Northwestern/Art Institute

                        (Art conservation)

3/18/2014        Sunshine Silver and Anusree Mukherjee

                        Concordia University and Argonne National Labs

                        (Solar Energy)

3/25/2014        Tao Xu

                        Northern Illinois University

                        (Clean energy sources)

4/1/2014          Gil Indig

                        University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

                        (Photodynamic therapy for the treatment of cancer)

4/8/2014          Nick Silvaggi

                        University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

                        “Variations on a Theme: Structure and Function in Family V of the
acetoacetate Decarboxylate-like Superfamily”

 Organizer – Daniel Schwert  Univ. of St. Francis


ACCA Biology Fall Seminar 2013

Invasive Species Seminar Series

Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area

Benedictine University, 7:00-9:00P.M. in Birck Hall 112

Sept. 10           Effects of the Invasive Rusty Crayfish in Lakes and Streams
Bill Bromer, University of St. Francis

Sept. 17           Ecosystem Function in Urban Streams: Effects of Anthropogenic Litter and an Invasive Bivalve
Tim Hoellein, Loyola University Chicago

Sept. 24           Effects of Invasive Species in Wetlands on Zooplankton, Bacteria and Diatoms
Pam Geddes,  Northeastern Illinois University

Oct. 1              TBD

Oct. 8              West Nile Virus and Invasive Species
Helena Puche,  University of Illinois Chicago

Oct. 15            Inter-jurisdictional Approach to Integrated Pest Management: Asian carp!
Kevin Irons, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Oct. 22            New Invaders in Will County, Illinois
Jason Zylka, Forest Preserve District of Will County

Oct. 29            TBD

Nov. 5              Invasive Plants in Illinois
Cathy McGlynn, Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership

Nov. 12            Effects of Phragmites and Other Invasive Plants on Wetlands
Dan Larkin, Chicago Botanic Garden

Nov. 19            Distribution and Spread of a Charismatic Exotic Species
Emily Minor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Organizer:  Bill Bromer, University of St. Francis, or 815-740-3467

Biology Seminar

Spring 2013   Systems Biology

ACCA Chemistry Seminar Series


Concordia University

All seminars are Tuesday evenings from 7 pm until 9 pm.

1/28/2014 Nick Silvaggi

     University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

      (Structural bochemistry)

2/4/2014 Eddy Tysoe

     University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

     (Thin films and catalysis)

2/11/2014 Petr Kral

     University of Illinois-Chicago

     “Functionalized Nanocarbons: Nanofluidics, electronics, and selfassembly”

2/18/2014 Open

2/25/2014 Open

3/4/2014 Jeff Elam

     Argonne National Labs

     (Atomic layer deposition

3/11/2014 Francesca Casadio

     Northwestern/Art Institute

     (Art conservation)

3/18/2014 Open

3/25/2014 Tao Xu

     Northern Illinois University

     (Clean energy sources)

4/1/2014 Gil Indig

     University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

     (Photodynamic therapy for the treatment of cancer)

Coordinator   Daniel Schwert     University of St. Francis