Dr. Sheryl T. Smith, assistant professor of biology, presents “Pick Your Poison: How Daily Exposure to Common Toxicants Can Affect Body Size and Development” on Wednesday, Dec. 4, for this year’s Stacy Anne Vitetta Memorial Lecture. Smith’s research, which focuses on the impact of common toxicants on a species of fruit fly, revealed that a significant number of toxicants caused alterations in body size during development and that several toxicants caused disturbances in the timing of onset maturation. The lecture, open to the public, is set for 4 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle, with a reception to follow.
The Stacy Anne Vitetta Professorship, founded in 1995 in memory of Arcadia Trustee Francis G. Vitetta’s daughter after her death from a lingering illness, aims to recruit and retain bright and committed full-time junior faculty members. The Vitettas asked that preference be given to faculty members in the natural sciences, who can use the award for a reduction in teaching load, curricular development, and professional pursuits, such as independent research and conference travel. The award, which lasts two years, also provides an opportunity for faculty members to publicly present research each year at the Memorial Lecture.