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Faculty Lecture Series

Each academic year, individual faculty members have the opportunity to share their professional work and interests with colleagues and the community through the Faculty Lecture Series. This event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Our 2021-22 Faculty Lecture Series schedule will be posted in August 2021.

Past Faculty Lectures can be viewed in DigitalCommons@Linfield.




Past Lectures


Caring for the Climate Changed: Health, Environment, and Policy for the Common Good

Presented by Gary Laustsen, Professor of Nursing

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Watch it at DigitalCommons@Linfield



The influences of a changing world climate are not restricted by political or geographic borders and human health is substantially impacted by quality of our environment. Environmental degradation has a disproportionate impact on persons with less immediate access to financial and social power. This presentation will look at some of the health impacts of climate change, air and water quality, and toxic chemical exposure. Examples from Oregon will demonstrate the need for local engagement. Recommended actions by social and healthcare leaders include work to build environmental health literacy and empowerment, advocacy for regulatory protection and enforcement, and environmental engagement within healthcare, educational, and social systems.


Research Explorations in Genomics--Developing and Supporting Student-Scientist Partnerships at Linfield and Beyond

Presented by Catherine Reinke, Associate Professor of Biology

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
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Catherine Reinke portrait

New technologies spark innovative experimental approaches in biology. Publicly available genome sequences and web-based bioinformatics tools have enabled geneticists to shift discovery from the lab bench to the laptop. Since 2012, Linfield students have contributed to comparative genomics research with scientific collaborators connected through the Genomics Education Partnership (GEP). The GEP is an international group of scientists crowd-sourcing genomic data analysis to explore unanswered questions in molecular genetics and evolutionary biology. As a GEP Steering Committee member and Co-director of New Member Training, Dr. Catherine Reinke has developed a virtual faculty training program which aims to double the GEP faculty membership over the next five years, significantly expanding the numbers of undergraduates engaged in low-cost, course-based undergraduate research in biology far beyond the current 1,300 GEP students/year.


Disability and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presented by Elizabeth Straus, Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
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Elizabeth Straus portrait

There is little question that the COVID-19 pandemic has made visible and amplified health and social inequities and experiences of exclusion for many individuals and groups in the United States and worldwide. Many disabled people and their families have been particularly impacted by the pandemic and, without consideration of the social factors influencing their experiences, may be at risk for further exclusion in (post)pandemic responses. In this presentation, Professor Straus will draw on her ongoing multi-country critical narrative research with disabled young people who use ventilators alongside interdisciplinary and digital media sources. She will explore individual and social narratives of disability and disabled people’s lives during the pandemic and how we can learn from and leverage these narratives as we (re)imagine our future world.


Institutional Expenditures and Student Graduation and Retention: The Obvious and the Unbelievable

Presented by Chris Dahlvig, Assistant Professor of Business, Linfield University and Jolyn Dahlvig, Associate Dean of Students, Oregon Tech

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Dahlvig Faculty Lecture

As the cost of higher education continues to rise, pressure from community colleges offering four-year degrees increases, and the accountability for how funds are used grows more intense, it is imperative that college administrators understand how to best use finite university dollars to support students. Dr. and Mr. Dahlvig will share the correlations they discovered between certain Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) expense categories and retention and graduation rates of first-time, full-time students attending a subset of four-year liberal arts institutions. They will also suggest what’s needed next in the research and how their findings might influence institutional spending at Linfield.


Microbial Terroir: a sense of place for microbes in the vineyard

Presented by Jeremy Weisz, Professor of Biology

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Watch it at DigitalCommons@Linfield

Jeremy Weisz poses with plant and soil sample

Terroir, all of the attributes of a vineyard that make a unique wine, is sometimes referred to as the sense of place in a wine. Recently, the scientific community has recognized that one attribute of a vineyard that can significantly influence the resulting wine are the microbes that live in a vineyard. The bacteria and fungi that live on and around wine grapes make up the microbial terroir of the vineyard. But what influences the composition of these microbial communities? Dr. Weisz will share the results of several years of research on microbial terroir in the Willamette Valley examining how geography and viticulture combine to give a vineyard a unique sense of place.