Science Talks

GRCC Science Talks features field experts on awe-inspiring subjects. Join in conversation or listen in as GRCC faculty and other experts from our community walk us through the world around us from a scientist's perspective.

Science Talks are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

2020 Science Talks

All Science Talks will be hosted in the Calkins Science Center auditorium, room 348.

How animals feel pain: Lessons from the fruit fly model organism

Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how organisms feel pain? In order to survive, an organism must sense painful stimuli through ion channels located in sensory neurons. The fruit fly is a great model organism to study how sensory neurons sense pain as we can use microscopy to image neurons in living fruit fly larvae. We will learn about the power of the tiny fruit fly in studying sensory neurons using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing techniques, live animal microscopy, and animal behavior experiments.

Josie Werner

With Josie Mitchell, GVSU alum, Doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Integrated Program in Biochemistry in Jill Wildonger’s lab.

A Tale of Two Hot Spots: Fire and Ice

March 31 at 11:30 a.m.

Iceland and Hawai’i are known for their dramatic volcanic eruptions. How are they the same? How are they different? Come join us as we explore ‘A Tale of Two Hot Spots’.

Tari Mattox

With Tari Mattox, GRCC's geology professor who has spent much of her career studying volcanic rocks on five different continents and two island hotspots; she has been lucky to share her experiences with GRCC students for the past 17 years.

Past Science Talks

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Interested in presenting a topic for Science Talks?

We welcome expert faculty, student and community members to present a GRCC Science Talks. If you are interested, please email