The Vision Series

2013-2014 Prince William Schedule
Hylton Center's Merchant Hall

Guest Speakers from last season:

A. Alonso Aguirre
Executive Director, Smithsonian-Mason
School of Conservation

Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

The human impacts on the world's oceans have devastated populations, species and ecosystems, but methodologies to assess marine ecological health are lacking. One proactive method of surveying sentinel species will address the large-scale problem of disease emergence. Sea turtles are "early warning" indicators that may reflect the health of marine ecosystems related to emerging infectious diseases. Sea turtles are good integrators of changes over space and time and represent excellent sentinels of ecological health. By moving in and out of infected/polluted areas, they can spread pathogens and contaminants geographically and throughout the food chain and serve as connectors of land and sea. Few studies link the impacts of terrestrial activities to marine ecosystems but recent research indicates that contamination with a terrestrial origin is impacting many marine populations. New techniques and methodologies are needed to measure long-term impacts on sea turtle populations.

Craig Esherick
Assistant Professor, Sport Management,
College of Education and Human Development

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Esherick will discuss the history of college athletics in this country. He will then analyze the current state of college athletics and compare our system to that of the ‘club system’ in Europe. He will offer some opinions as to where we are headed in intercollegiate athletics, where we should be headed and some of the current problems that need to be addressed. The discussion will include examples from Craig’s 30 plus years of involvement in intercollegiate athletics while a television commentator, college basketball player, assistant coach and head basketball coach at Georgetown University.

Alessandra Luchini
Assistant Professor, Center for Applied
Proteomics and Molecular Medicine,
School of Systems Biology

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Early diagnosis of cancer and infectious disease is one of the most exciting but challenging areas of biomedical research. Although it is widely appreciated that early diagnosis of cancer before it has metastasized will reduce patient suffering and increase survival, in the past it has been impossible to reliably discover, and measure, very low concentration biomarkers that are produced by early stage cancer. Dr Luchini’s team is developing novel nanotechnologies that can reveal previously invisible cancer (and other disease) biomarkers in patients. The research is now being tested in patient clinical trials.