Dr. Shelley Adamo

School of Biological Science Seminar

April 1, 2014 - 3:30 pm in Hamilton Hall 112

Dr. Shelley Adamo
Dalhousie University, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

"Born this way: Stress/immune interactions from an adaptive perspective"

Both the stress and immune responses defend animals against organisms that can cause catastrophic declines in fitness (e.g. predators and pathogens). When resources are abundant, having these two systems work synergistically with each other would seem adaptive. However, negative interactions between the stress and immune responses are common and phylogenetically widespread even under ad lib conditions. It seems unlikely that these negative interactions are simply pathological as they are partly driven by stress hormone effects on immune cells. In crickets (Gryllus texensis), the stress neurohormone octopamine shifts molecular resources towards flight−or−fight (e.g. the protein apolipophorin III), while at the same time altering immune cell activity to minimize the impact of this molecular theft (e.g. increased immune cell phagocytosis). There is also a shift away from immune responses that generate high levels of reactive molecules (e.g. phenoloxidase activity and nitric oxide production) and a shift towards responses that rely on other mechanisms such as lysozyme−like activity. Both the stress response and immune response increase the level of lipid peroxides in the hemolymph (blood) of G. texensis, suggesting increased oxidative stress. Reducing the production of reactive molecules by the immune system during an on−going stress response probably reduces immunopathology due to oxidative stress. Although these stress hormone−induced changes to immune function result in an overall decline in resistance to disease, without them the decline in disease resistance would be steeper and immunopathology would be greater when conditions are suboptimal.

School of Biological Sciences Seminar Series

The School of Biological Sciences Seminar is a weekly series presented by invited speakers and UNL faculty to showcase current research advances in biological sciences. All School of Biological Sciences Seminars are free and open to the public.

Seminars are on Thursdays at 3:30 pm in Hamilton Hall 112 on the UNL City Campus.

Coffee and cookie reception served 3:00 pm outside Manter Hall 103.

January 16 -- Qingsheng Li, UNL, School of Biological Sciences

"Battle at Mucosal Frontline in HIV-1 Transmission and Prevention"
Hosted by Dr. Jack Morris
(4-Year Review Seminar)

January 23 -- Laura Lavine, Washington State University

"Extreme growth and reliable signaling in sexually selected ornaments and weapons"
Hosted by Dr. Anthony Zera

January 30 -- NO SEMINAR

February 6 -- Mark Hargrove, Iowa State University

"Plant hemoglobins and hyposic metabolism"
Hosted by TriBeta, BAM and Biology Club
Inaugural Biological Science Alumnus Seminar
(UNL Alum, BS in Biology & Chemistry 1992)

February 13 -- Jonathan Shurin, University of California-San Diego

"Cumulative impacts of local and global environmental changes in freshwater food webs"
Hosted by Dr. John DeLong

February 20 -- Elizabeth Jakob, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

"Eight Eyes and a Tiny Brain: How Jumping Spiders See the World"
Hosted by Dr. Eileen Hebets

February 27 -- Ray Farmen, Celerion - Global Bioanalytical Sciences

"The Role of Pharmacokinetics and Bioanalytical Chemistry in Drug Development"
Hosted by Dr. Valery Forbes

March 6 -- Nelson Hairston, Jr., Cornell University

"Environmental dynamics when evolutionary and ecological rates converge"
Hosted by Dr. John DeLong

March 13 -- Shozo Yokoyma, Emory University

"Synthesis of experimental molecular biology and evolutionary biology: an example from the world of visition"
Hosted by Dr. Jay Storz

March 20 -- NO SEMINAR

March 27 -- Spring Break; NO SEMINAR

April 3 -- NO SEMINAR

April 10 -- Harkamal Walia, UNL-Department of Agronomy & Horticulture

"Early seed development under stressful environment"
Hosted by Dr. Chi Zhang

April 17 -- Mark Hauber, Hunter College

"Causes and consequences of parasitic virulence: Lessons from cowbirds and cuckoos"
Hosted by Dr. Eileen Hebets and Dr. Daizaburo Shizuka

April 24 -- Raul Suarez, University of California-Santa Barbara

"Relationships between biochemical capacities and maximum physiological requirements in bees: electrons to evolution"
Hosted by Dr. Jay Storz

May 1 -- Shelly Adamo, Dalhousie University 

"Born this way: Stress/immune interactions from an adapative perspective"
Hosted by Dr. Anthony Zera

Biotechnology/Life Science Seminar Series

The Biotechnology/Life Sciences Seminar is a weekly series sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology that features experts in biotechnology and life sciences and promoted collaborative opporunties for UNL researchers.

Seminars are on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm in Beadle Center E103 (1901 Vine Street).

Reception served 3:30 pm.

January 22 -- Steven Wilhelm, The University of Tennessee

"Ecogenomic approaches to understanding virus ecology across the world's oceans"
Hosted by James Van Etten, Nebraska Center for Virology

January 29 -- Robert McBride, Sapphire Energy

"Open algae pond ecology"
Hosted by Dave Dunigan, Department of Plant Pathology

February 5 -- Richard Goodman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"Consider Food Safety Requirements for GMOs Before Starting Development"
Hosted by Rolando Flores, Department of Food Science & Technology

February 12 -- Cristian Apetrei, University of Pittsburgh

"The call of the wild: Studies of SIV infection innatural hosts in the wild"
Hosted by Qingsheng Li, School fo Biological Sciences

February 19 -- Jay Dunlap, Dartmouth Medical School

"Genetic and Molecular Dissection of a Simple Circadian System"
Hosted by Gary Pickard, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

February 26 -- Scott Fahrenkrug, Recombinetics, Inc.

"Efficient gene-inactivation and non-meiotic allele introgression in livestock"
Hosted by Don Weeks, Department of Biochemistry

March 5 -- Troy Anderson, Virginia Tech

"Pollinators, Pesticides, and Pathogens: LInking Bee Colony Health to Varroacide Exposures"
Hosted by Blair Siegfried, Department of Entomology

March 12 -- Blake Meyers, University of Delaware

"Phased Small RNAs in Plants: Novel Roles for Secondary siRNAs"
Hosted by Sally Mackenzie, Department of Agronomy & Horticulture

March 19 -- Alice Barkan, University of Oregon

"Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of the Roles of Pentatricopeptide Repeat Proteins in Organellar Gene Expression"
Hosted by Jeff Mower, Department of Agronomy & Horticulture

April 2 -- Ke Dong, Michigan State University

"Voltage-gated Sodium Channels in Insects and Mammals: Comparison of Structure, Function and Toxin Sensitivity"
Hosted by Blair Siegfried, Department of Entomology

April 9 -- Ramin Yadegari, University of Arizona

"Deciphering Regulatory Networks Controlling Endosperm Development"
Hosted by David Holding, Department of Agronomy & Horticulture

April 16 -- Libo Shan, Texas A&M University

"Nonself recognition and signaling mechanisms in plants"
Hosted by Jim Alfano, Department of Plant Pathology

April 23 -- Michael Axtell, Penn State

"Discovery and functional analysis of plant small silencing RNAs"
Hosted by Bin Yu, School of Biological Sciences

BIOS 915E Ecology, Evolution & Behavior Seminar Series

** These seminars do not count for BIOS 310 credit.

Seminars are on Fridays at 12:30-1:30 pm in Manter Hall 103.

January 23 -- Laura Lavine, Washington State Univeristy


April 4 -- Swapna Purandaree

Dissertation Defense

April 11 -- RaeAnn Powers

Thesis Defense

May 2 -- Shelley Adamo, Dalhousie Univeristy


BIOS 915M Genetics, Cell & Molecular Biology Seminar Series

** These seminars do not count for BIOS 310 credit.

Seminars are on Fridays at 3:30-4:30 pm in Beadle Center N177.

January 31 -- Ken Nickerson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (School of Biological Sciences)

"Candida albicans: Farnesol, Quorum Sensing, and other aspects of Host Pathogen Interactions"

February 7 -- Mark Hargrove, Iowa State University 


February 14 -- Nathan Marsteller 
February 28 -- Alexander Vogel and Dane Bowder 
March 7 -- Sam McCarthy and Julien Gradnigo 
March 14 -- Matthew Wynn and Panya Kim 
March 21 -- Karin van Dijk, Creighton University

"Changes in Host Histone Modifications in Response to the Baceterial Pathogen Pseudomonas syringae"

April 4 -- Wenhu Guo 
April 11 -- BGSA Symposium
April 18 -- Yeongho Kim and Eun Jeong
April 25 -- Noriko Inoguchi and Maya Khasin
May 2 -- Adam Voshall