Photo of a salamander, the basis of Dr. Sessions' Faculty Lecture

Hartwick’s Sessions to Present Next Faculty Lecture

October 6, 2016

Hartwick College Professor of Biology Dr. Stan Sessions will present “Why Salamanders Can Regenerate Their Limbs and You Can’t,” the next installment of the 2016-17 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 12 at 12:30 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Scientists have known for more than a century that salamanders can regenerate their limbs and tails. We now know that they are “super-regenerators,” and can also regenerate many internal organs, including their hearts and brains. Sessions asks, “Wouldn’t it be great if we humans could also regenerate lost or damaged body parts? This is a major goal of bioengineering and regenerative medicine. So what can we learn from salamanders that we can apply to humans?”

Sessions obtained his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon, and his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been at Hartwick College since 1989, and teaches mainly Animal Development and Vertebrate Zoology, as well as the off-campus course Natural History of Costa Rica. His research is focused on evolutionary development, regeneration, and cytogenetics of amphibians. Sessions was also a recent Fulbright Scholar working in Slovenia, where he did research on the blind cave salamander.

Throughout the Faculty Lecture Series, Hartwick professors discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology, and more. The presentations take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the academic year. Upcoming faculty lecture dates, presenters, and titles (subject to change) include:

  • Friday, November 18, 2016: Associate Professor of Art and Art History Joseph Von Stengel, “3D Printing and Higher Education”
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017: Associate Professor of Education Dr. Elizabeth Bloom, “Teaching in Detention: One Summer Spent in the School to Prison Pipeline”
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017: Professor of Economics Dr. Laurence Malone, “Is Student Learning in an Online Introductory Course Comparable to a Traditional Classroom Setting?”
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2017: TBA
  • Thursday, May 3, 2017: TBA

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Cooper, faculty development committee chair, at 607-431-4254 or