Seminar Series in Biology to feature “Lessons from a dog…”

The Seminar Series in Biology will host “Lessons from a dog: understanding reproduction for the conservation of endangered canids” by Jennifer Nagashima, Smithsonian Institution on Friday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in Science 1, Room 121.

Dr. Nagashima is a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian institution where her current projects include development of an ovary-on-a-chip for the domestic dog and cat; semen cryopreservation in the Maned Wolf; sperm capacitation and cryopreservation in the red wolf; in vitro oocyte maturation in the domestic dog; and gamete rescue in Canidae.  Dr. Nagashima received her PhD from Cornell University in 2015 where she focused on “Folliculogenesis and Fertilization in the Domestic Dog: Applications to Biomedical Research, Medicine, and Conservation.”  She is the recipient of the National Zoological Park Emerging Scientist Award as well as the Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Postdoctoral Fellowship Award.

In this presentation, Dr. Perkins will discuss conservation of endangered canids.  Five of the 35 species of canids in the world are listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, including the critically endangered North American red wolf. In these species, techniques like sperm cryopreservation, artificial insemination, and in vitro fertilization become crucial to the movement of genetics among fragmented populations as well as ex situ insurance populations of animals. Using the domestic dog as a model for its endangered relatives, we are working on developing these assisted reproductive technologies in canids. I will discuss our recent success in the production of the first litter of puppies born by in vitro fertilization and embryo cryopreservation, as well as progress in developing an ‘artificial ovary’ for gamete rescue. Finally, I will introduce our newest work in translating the technologies we have developed in the domestic dog into on-the-ground conservation efforts for the critically endangered red wolf.

This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.

Biology Department to hold annual award ceremony April 25

On Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Le Café, Morris Conference Center, the Biology Department will hold its annual award ceremony.  The Biology Department will present the Biology Department Scholarship, the Jan Kee Ang Memorial Award to an outstanding Senior Biology Major, the Jan Kee Ang Scholarship Awards, the Student Outstanding Service Awards, the John G. New Scholarships and the Pietraface-Miller Biology Scholarship & the Wilbur Settle Scholarship. The recipient of the Biological Field Station Summer 2018 Internship will also be announced at this time.

All are welcome to attend.

Theatre Department to present “Ugly Duckling” adaptation, “Honk!”

An ugly duckling, a bold bullfrog, a cunning cat, and many feathered friends will be taking the stage at SUNY Oneonta this spring for a wacky and wild production of “Honk!” The musical is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known tale of the Ugly Duckling. Anthony Drewe’s book and lyrics with musical composition by George Stiles has created a youthful theatre experience — not just for children — but for all ages. As one duckling deals with being different on the farm, the story carries a special message of tolerance and acceptance.

Come join the fun at the Goodrich Theatre in the Fine Arts Building at SUNY Oneonta. The show is being produced by The SUNY Oneonta Theatre Department with the Mask and Hammer Theatre Club. Performances are April 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., along with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 21.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Hunt Union or at the theater box office one hour before the show. Tickets are free with a SUNY Oneonta student ID, or $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of twelve for general admission.

April 17 Tuesdays at the Grille menu

Tuesday’s at the Grille, April 17

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

$12 per person


Salad Station: Fresh Fruit, Mixed Greens, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, Carrots, Croutons and 3 Choices for Dressing

Soup Station: Italian Wedding Soup

Live Action Station: Sizzling Caesar Salad with your choice of Chicken or Beef

Main Buffet: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Garlic Vegetable Primavera

Dessert Station: Lemon Cream Cake and Bread Pudding


For Reservations, please contact Joanna at 436-3934 or

New Critics Literature Conference to feature Prof. Lawrence Jackson

The ninth annual undergraduate literature conference will be held from 10-4 in Morris Conference Center on Saturday, April 14. 27 students will present their scholarly work on literature, and the event will culminate in a keynote address and book signing by one of the nation’s preeminent scholars of African American literary history, Prof. Lawrence Jackson, Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Jackson will speak in Craven Lounge at 4 p.m.

Dr. Jackson is the author of The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics (2010), which won the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association, and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association award for non-fiction; the family memoir, My Father’s Name, A Black Family after the Civil War (2012); and two biographies, Emergence of Genius, about Ralph Ellison (2002), and his 2017 biography of Chester Himes. The latter has been nominated for the PEN Bogard Weld Prize and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers Association. Dr. Jackson’s Himes biography will be available for purchase at the event, and he will be signing copies.

All conference events are free and open to the public.