Faculty Lecture to Discuss Biological Benefits of Parasites—Feb. 14

Upcoming Faculty Lecture to Discuss Biological Benefits of Parasites

Are parasites all that bad? The second Faculty Lecture Series talk of the semester will take a peek at the positive role parasites can play. The event is hosted by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

“Deadly Parasites: Key Players in the Web of Life”
Faculty Lecture Series | Christopher Blanar, Ph.D., assistant professor

Thursday, Feb. 14
Noon–1:00 p.m.
Alvin Sherman Library | Room 2053 *New Location*

About the Talk

This lecture will explore how Thomas Ray’s statement that “all successful systems attract parasites” should perhaps be reworded to “all successful systems require parasites.” Using examples from clinical medicine, environmental science, and community ecology, the talk will discuss the emerging notion that parasites are not mere agents of harm, but play key biological roles and are often essential contributors to the health and success of the systems they parasitize.

This talk is free, and all are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

About the Series

The Faculty Lecture Series draws from the knowledge and expertise of more than 120 full-time faculty members within the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. The series explores the faculty’s diverse areas of interest in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and biological sciences. For more information, contact Jim Doan, Ph.D., professor at the college, at (954) 262-8207.

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