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Earl Larson

Orange Park Campus
Science Cafe
October 16, 7:00 p.m., room D - 14

Microscopic organisms in the gut: How they affect human health and aquaculture.

Microbiologist Earl Larson will discuss how microscopic organisms that live in our guts can have positive and negative effects on our health.  He will also show microscopic organisms that live in the digestive tracts of fishes and can potentially improve aquaculture.

Dr. Earl Larson has a Ph.D. in biology from The University of Colorado.  He also has M.S. degrees in marine biology and food microbiology from the college of Charleston and The University of Massachusetts, respectively.  He has 14 years’ experience as a fish biologist and 5 years as a microbiologist.  He started his career studying stress and appetite in fishes and applying this knowledge to the aquaculture industry.  He also worked in the biotech industry designing tests for various infectious diseases.  It was here that he became interested in microbiology.  He also worked for the federal government ensuring seafood safety.  Larson is currently a microbiology instructor on the Orange Park Campus of St. Johns River State College. He is also a visiting scientist at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences where he spent the summer looking at microscopic organisms in the intestines of farmed Atlantic salmon.  His multidisciplinary background in fish biology and behavior, stress physiology, and microbiology allows him to answer qestions that are important for aquaculture and fish health.

St. Augustine campus
October 18, 2:00 p.m.,
room L112
Part of SAC’s #TrendingTopics series

A 2014 American documentary film by David Thorpe, which explores the existence and accuracy of stereotypes about the speech patterns of gay men, and the ways in which one's degree of conformity to the stereotype can contribute to internalized homophobia. Other figures participating in the film include Dan Savage, George Takei, David Sedaris, Tim Gunn, and Margaret Cho, as well as University of Toronto linguist Ron Smyth.

Orange Park campus
October 18 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

A panel including the Clay County Sheriff, Property Appraiser, Clerk of Court, Supervisor of Elections, and Tax Collector. They will be discussing items that will be presented on the November ballots, including eliminating voting for county officials and appointing them instead. Community members (and I include students in this) will receive a perspective on some of the hot items on the ballot. There will also be a chance for questions and answers."


Orange Park Campus
Science Cafe

November 6, 7:00 p.m., room D - 14
Walter E. Lara, RBP
Career scientific photographer and educator.

Native of Peru, educated in Lima, Miami, Rochester New York, and Jacksonville Florida.
As a graduate from the most prestigious school of Photography, The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT, 90), his programs of study included, Graphic Arts and Biomedical Photographic Communications. He is a Registered Biological Photographer (RBP). He also holds master’s degrees in Business (MBA Marketing) and Computer Science (MS).

Mr. Lara works at the Orange Park campus and at the Florida School of the Arts for St. Johns River State College, in the areas of photography, logic and design. He is co-principal investigator on a grant by the National Science Foundation: Enhancing Critical Reasoning in Computer Education Project DUE 1565586.

In business, he leads Intraneting LLC, an internet marketing group and during summer months, he travels abroad, contributes with The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve as visitor photographer and Google Places 360.  His preferred medium is liquid and glass, aiming for symmetry in motion utilizing extreme optics.