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Macro to microenvironments: From planets to microbes and molecules

  • Franky Bradley's 1320 Chancellor Street Philadelphia, PA, 19107 United States (map)

Environments have a large impact on our everyday lives, even if we don't realize it. We also shape the environments around us, be it locally or globally, or on a macro or micro level. For our opening night, scientists will discuss research on changing water patterns in Mongolia, how infectious diseases spread, body odor as a meter to detect idenity and health, and the microbiome! Come out and learn about these diverse enviroments!

Meet the Speakers


Dr. Clyde Goulden

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Climate Change: When it rains it pours

Interviews with nomadic herders of Mongolia indicates that in addition to warming during the last 40 years, rains have changed from light gentle warm rains of 1-3 days, to short 30 minutes to 1 hour intense/heavy rainstorms. The rains are cold and can kill grazing animals and even herders unprepared for the cold intense rainstorm.  


Dr. Neal D. Goldstein 

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Drexel University

How your healthcare provider influences risk for disease

Infection control programs are a mainstay of disease prevention among hospitalized patients. Even with an effective program, viruses and bacteria can readily be passed around in these congregant settings, often via the healthcare provider as an intermediary. In this talk, I will discuss how the patient-provider care team can inadvertently spread disease among the most vulnerable patients in the hospital: infants.



Dr. Stephanie Gervasi 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Monell Chemical Senses Center

The Scent of Disease

Body odors convey a vast amount of information about our identity and health status. I will discuss how we can use body odors to detect and diagnose disease, and maybe even to predict how pathogens spread through populations.