Join the College of Science for an exploration of ecological enlightenment at this semester's installment of S.M.A.R.T. Talks, where we share how Science & Mathematics Advances Research & Technology! The series was created to highlight the outstanding scholarly work of COS faculty and bring the UNT community together to discuss scientific breakthroughs and learn about the building blocks of the world around us.
We are proud to welcome Dr. Rebecca Dickstein, an influential researcher, member of the BioDiscovery Institute, and UNT professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, to share her work and research at SMART Talks in the Union Lyceum at 4 pm on April 23, 2019.
Dr. Dickstein will be presenting an engaging lecture entitled, "Over-Fertilized? Tools for Sustainable Agriculture: The Legume Connection." The talk will discuss crop production and the high environmental cost of nitrogen fertilizers, and how the ongoing molecular genetics research of legume (plants in the pea and bean family) biology in Dr. Dickstein's lab could hold the key to more sustainable agriculture worldwide.
All College of Science faculty, staff, alumni, and students, are encouraged to attend this free event, and everyone within the UNT community and beyond are also invited to participate. A reception will be held immediately afterwards.
About Dr. Rebecca Dickstein:
Dr. Rebecca Dickstein is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Department of Biological Sciences and a member of UNT's BioDiscovery Institute. She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from Penn. State University, her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from John Hopkins University and did postdoctoral work in Molecular Biology and Genetics in a joint department of Havard Univeristy and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Dickstein is an expert in the development of nitrogen-fixing root nodules in legumes and has published over 40 scientific papers in this area. Her laboratory conducts research on the molecular genetics of the nitrogen-fixing symbiosis in the model Medicago-truncatula - Sinorhizobium meliloti symbiosis. In her talk, Dr. Dickstein will discuss nitrogen fertilizer, how the legume symbiosis allows them to produce their own fixed nitrogen and her lab's efforts to uncover legume secrets to how they do it.