Artists, Scholars, & Innovators Lecture Series

The Artists, Scholars, & Innovators Lecture Series, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, is presented by award-winning faculty with artistic, scholarly, or innovative achievements. Please see below for information about upcoming presentations.

Spring 2022

Lecture One:

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 4-5 pm | Virtual

Adipocyte Na,K-ATPase Oxidant Amplification Loop in the Pathogenesis of Experimental Uremic Cardiomyopathy: A Target for Novel Therapeutics

Presented by Dr. Komal Sodhi, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and Biomedical Sciences in the School of Medicine and recipient of the 2020-2021 Marshall University Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award (Senior Recipient in Sciences & Technology)

About the Lecture:

Adipocytes have been shown to participate in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in the setting of obesity, but the role of adipocytes in the pathogenesis of uremic cardiomyopathy has not been studied. As systemic oxidant stress, insulin resistance and chronic inflammation are all factors implicated in the pathogenesis of development of renal-failure-associated cardiomyopathy (also known as uremic cardiomyopathy); we reasoned that adipocyte might be involved in the pathogenesis of this condition.

This lecture will address an important concept that adipocytes initiate, through activation of Na, K-ATPase signaling, and may be a central driving force behind chronic inflammation that propels systemic and tissue specific phenotypic alterations in experimental uremic cardiomyopathy.

NOTE: A portion of this talk is from Dr. Sodhi’s recently published article in the Journal of American Society of Nephrology 2020 and her upcoming work related to the adipocytes and Na,K-ATPase signaling in experimental uremic cardiomyopathy.

To join the lecture via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 970 5310 0708
Passcode: 441784


Lecture Two:

Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 4-5 pm | Virtual

Embracing Error: Using Glitch Theory to Grow as a Scholar, Teacher, and Leader

Presented by Dr. Kristen Lillvis, Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award recipient for 2020-21.

About the Lecture:

A day’s worth of writing that didn’t save. An assignment that disappeared from Blackboard. A meeting that veered off topic. We’ve all experienced disruptions like these and found ways to respond in the moment. But how might we reflect on glitches and use them to reframe our ways of thinking? What if we view a glitch not as a mistake but, as Legacy Russell suggests, a “catalyst”? This presentation will offer strategies embracing glitches and using errors to advance our research, teaching, and leadership.

To join the lecture via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 974 1070 4371
Passcode: 436990


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