Liberal Arts & Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series

Detours on the Information Highway

October 5, 2016

 Noon- 1pm

Williams Center, S204ABC

Communication in the Sciences





Dr. Nick Quintyne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Fredonia.

He earned his BS in Biology at Dickinson College, and his PhD at The Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to joining the faculty at Fredonia, Dr. Quintyne was an Assistant Professor of Biology at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University.  He joined the Biology Department at Fredonia in 2013.

His research interests are in the regulation and organization of microtubule dynamics, examining how these cytoskeletal structures and their associated proteins are controlled to accomplish varying cellular tasks, including normal cell division. 

Dr. Mike Dunham is an assistant professor in the Fredonia Physics Department. 

He earned his BS in physics and astronomy from the University of Rochester in 2004, and his MA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 and 2010, respectively. 

His research interests are in astrophysics, specializing in star and planet formation and the physical processes regulating the growth of new stars.  Over the past six years he has held postdoctoral research appointments at Yale University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, most recently serving as the lead investigator on an international survey team using a radio telescope in Hawaii to study the formation of stars. 

This is his first semester as a member of the Fredonia faculty.  


The 2016-17 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series will focus on Detours on the Information Highway. The series offers monthly, informal talks by Fredonia faculty members. Each 30-minute presentation is followed by a brief discussion and refreshments. 

The talks are free and open to all campus and community members.  Classes are also welcome.  The lectures are held in the Williams Center, Room S204, and run from noon to 1 p.m.  

This year's series is directed by Eliran Avni, Music; Jack Croxton, Psychology; Mike Dunham, Physics; Scott Medler, Biology; Roslin Smith, Communication and Ivani Vassoler-Froelich, Politics and International Affairs.

The series gratefully acknowledges the support of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dr. Joseph A Karafa, and FSA funding for our refreshments. 

Wherever your interests may lie, there's a Brown Bag for you. 

Stop back regularly to learn about new talks!




  • The roadmap for guiding our initial adventure on the information highway is called Communication in the Sciences. In the driving seats are Dr. Nicholas Quintyne, Associate Professor, Biology Department and Dr. Michael Dunham, Assistant Professor, Physics Department at SUNY Fredonia.
  • Clearing the road for us with opening remarks, is Dr. Scott Medler - Assistant Professor, Biology Department, SUNY
  • ​Dr. Quintyne will spotlight ways in which science is communicated outside of academia and research, how sensationalism can distort scientific progress, and how we can address this disconnect.
  • Dr. Mike Dunham will share his thoughts on the role of general education within natural science courses. He will highlight how we communicate the value of these courses to students and how best to use them to address some of the pressing issues of our time.



November 2, 2016 - Changing the Pedagogy of Teaching and Learning


December 7, 2016 - Generation Differences in Communication


February 1, 2017 - How Social Media Creates our Reality


March 1, 2017 - Virtual Reality


April 12, 2017 - Whose Reality is It?



Liberal Arts & Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series

Chair of LASBBL - Assistant Professor Ros Smith, Communication
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