Rosa Leon-Zayas, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Willamette University, will speak on "Diving Deeper: Microbial Diversity and Metabolic Potential in the Marine Deep Biosphere."
Exploration of the deep ocean has expanded our understanding of oceanic ecosystems, and yet still little is known about these deep sites on Earth. Some of the most poorly understood ecosystems are subsurface sedimentary environments and ultra-deep trenches, particularly as it pertains to the distribution of novel microbial lineages and their associated metabolic abilities.
In this presentation, I will share an two examples of work that has advanced our understanding of the distribution and metabolic potential of novel microbial lineages, such as those that are part of the Candidate Phyla Radiation, and archaeal lineages such as Bathyarchaea and Asgard archaea superphylum. Overall, this research seeks to reveal the metabolic potential of novel microbial lineages, which significantly contributes to our overall understanding of the ecosystem function of subsurface sedimentary environments.
Persons from the Amherst College community who wish to attend should please register by sending an email request to the Biology Department ADC, Karen Racz, who will provide the Zoom link to the meeting.
Please join us for a reading and conversation with poet and Amherst College Writer-in-Residence Kirun Kapur '97. Kapur’s newest book, Women in the Waiting Room, which Aimee Nezhukumatathil calls “a must read for these times and beyond,” was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her first collection, Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist, was awarded the 2013 Antivenom Poetry Award and was described as a “stellar debut by a major new voice” by Andre Dubus III.
The Queer Resource Center and the Amherst College Choral Society are pleased to present a series of roundtable discussions and workshops addressing and exploring how to lead, facilitate, direct and participate in vocal ensembles that not only center marginalized folks, but actively create and sustain a more affirming and less harmful interpersonal dynamic and ensemble culture. Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble Kitchen Table Conversation: "What Does It Mean to Intentionally Center Racial and Ethnic Identities in Ensemble Work?" will present to attendees a frank and open conversation with KVE members! Join us in a discussion concerning how diversity, equity and inclusion can thrive in choral and musical spaces, and to consider the diverse ways we see excellence in music when we work from a framework of equity and justice. All are welcome.