Lecture by Dr. Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad at Hartwick College

Hartwick’s Balogh-Brunstad to Present Next Installment in Faculty Lecture Series

March 13, 2013

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad will present a talk titled "Where Minerals Meet Life: Fungal Weathering and Potassium Acquisition" during this month's Faculty Lecture Series event. The talk will be held at 4 p.m. this Friday, March 15 in Bresee Hall's Eaton Lounge on the Hartwick College Campus. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

At the heart of the past two decades' biogeochemical research are the interactions of biology and geology. While it is generally accepted that the biological processes influence chemical weathering rates, soil formation, the stability of man-made structures, and water quality, the mechanisms and processes at the "root-microbe-mineral interface" are inadequately understood.

Balogh-Brunstad's talk will focus on the role of symbiotic fungi in chemical weathering processes, as well as potassium acquisition under nutrient-limiting conditions from nano to watershed scales. The work presented summarizes collaborative projects with researchers in Europe and the Pacific Northwest, and Hartwick students.

This Friday's lecture is the sixth of eight discussions during the 2012-13 academic year. The project has received support from a Hartwick College Faculty Trustee Grant and a NEH Long-term Fellowship. Throughout the lecture series, faculty members discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on politics, religion, art, economics, biology, and psychology.

This year's remaining faculty lecture dates, presenters, and titles (subject to change) include:

  • April 12, 2013: Associate Professor of Art & Art History Doug Zullo, "The Soviet Occupation of Russian Orthodox Iconography"
  • May 3, 2013: Assistant Professor of Psychology Justin Wellman, "Understanding the Dark Horse of Personality: When Will the Pessimist Win?"

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Development Chair Dr. Matthew Voorhees at 607-431-4387 or

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
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