This series showcases the work of accomplished faculty from underrepresented groups. Invited scholars will give a research presentation and lead a second workshop to share their personal perspective on navigating an academic career. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to foster diversity within the College of Natural Sciences, the Dean’s office, in collaboration with the College of Engineering, has launched the Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series.

Faculty from CNS or COE may nominate visitors for the series. Nomination instructions

First Annual Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series

Lawrence GoodridgeLawrence Goodridge

Associate Professor and Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety, Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry at McGill University

February 25, 2019 at 12:30 pm - Campus Center 163
Presentation: Microbial Phenogenomics: Precision Food Safety Solutions to reduce salmonellosis

February 26, 2019 at 10 am - Campus Center 904
Workshop: What you always wanted to know about academia but were too afraid to ask

Dr. Lawrence Goodridge is the Leung Family Professor of Food Safety in the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph.  Previously, Dr Goodridge was an Associate Professor and the Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Goodridge received his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph with a major emphasis in Food Microbiology and Food Safety.  He also holds degrees in Microbiology (BSc) and Food Science (MSc) from Guelph. Dr. Goodridge’s primary research interests include the use of genomics to study foodborne and waterborne pathogens with an emphasis on bacterial pathogens including Salmonella spp, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Listeria monocytogenes. Specifically, Dr. Goodridge employs genomic approaches to develop strain specific risk assessment approaches, more sensitive diagnostics, and natural control methods to increase the safety of foods. Dr. Goodridge has authored almost 80 per reviewed scientific publications and book chapters, has presented his research at numerous international conferences, and is regularly interviewed by the print and radio media on topics of food safety importance.


Caroline SolomonCaroline Solomon

Professor, Science, Technology and Math/Biology Program at Gallaudet University


April 1, 2019 at 12:20 pm - IALS S330
Presentation: Chesapeake Bay’s ‘forgotten’ Anacostia River: Eutrophication and nutrient reduction measures

April 1, 2019 at 4 pm - IALS S330
Workshop:  Making waves: Navigating the World of STEM

Dr. Caroline Solomon has been a faculty member at Gallaudet since 2000.  She also is an adjunct at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and serves on masters and doctoral committees for research on increasing participation of deaf and hard of hearing people in STEM and estuarine science especially in the areas of nutrient and microbial dynamics. Her education background includes a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, M.S. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D in Biological Oceanography from the University of Maryland.


Juan GilbertJuan Gilbert

Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida

April 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm - Commonwealth Honors College - Room 160E
Presentation: Secure, Accessible Voting in the U.S.A.

April 9, 2019 at 11:00 am - Engineering Lab II - Kellogg Room
Workshop: Against the Odds: A Story of Mentoring, Perseverance and Excellence

Dr. Juan Gilbert is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab. Dr. Gilbert has research projects in spoken language systems, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and Ethnocomputing (Culturally Relevant Computing). He is a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Inventors. In 2012, Dr. Gilbert received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama. He also received the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Mentor Award. Dr. Gilbert received the 2018 Computer Research Association's A. Nico Habermann Award. He was recently named one of the 50 most important African-Americans in Technology. 


Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series