HAMMOND — The Southeastern Louisiana University department of biological sciences will offer a yearlong series of seminars focusing on a variety of science topics.
The sessions will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at Tope lá Catering, 113 E. Thomas St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the seminars start at 7. The presentations are free and open to the public of all ages.
The first session is set for Oct. 1 with the topic “Tales of a Traveling Fish Biologist.” The speaker will be SLU professor Kyle Piller.
“Our intent is to present these topics in a layman-friendly fashion to increase the knowledge and awareness of biology and its vital role in the ecosystem and in all our lives,” said program co-manager and biological sciences professor Brian Crother.
Crother said the series would be especially beneficial to students who may be considering career choices and professions that involve the sciences.
Other programs early in the series include ones on Nov. 5, “The Conservation of Sea Turtles: Why Are They Cool and Important?” presented by Roldan Valverde, an SLU associate professor and president of the International Sea Turtle Society; and on Dec. 3, “Why Does a Tadpole Change into a Frog?” presented by Chris Beachy, head of the university’s department of biological sciences.
Crother said seminars in the spring will include presentations on wetlands restoration, flowers and the role of insects and bugs in daily life.
More information about the series is available by calling the biological sciences department at (985) 549-3740.
The full seminar series is posted at www.southeastern/educ/acad—researcj/depts./boil/index.html.