April 2015 Discussion

“Vaccines: a look at their past and future” 

Tuesday, April 21
Bratten Room in Lower Gild Hall
7:30 PM

Please join the Scholars Gild as we welcome Dr. Laurence C. Eisenlohr of Thomas Jefferson University, to our April 21 discussion of vaccines, their past history and future promise.
Vaccines have made an enormous contribution to the field of disease prevention since 1798 when Edward Jenner demonstrated that immunization with a poxvirus from cows protects individuals from smallpox. Through use of a very similar but essentially benign virus, this horrific disease was officially eradicated from the human population in 1977. In the second half of this century, vaccine developments have led to significant progress against several infectious diseases. These include Poliomyelitis, Measles, Rubella, Mumps, Cholera, Pertussis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Rabies and Yellow fever. And finally, after over a century of trying, we are making headway with vaccines against cancers that are not attributable to an infectious organism. Progress in this area has been slower because the goal is much more difficult: focused attack against “self”. Headway can be attributed to a relatively recent shift from empirical to rational approaches in vaccine design. Dr. Eisenlohr will review these topics and attempt to give the audience a flavor for how his laboratory is contributing to even more informed and rational approaches to vaccine design.

Dr. Laurence C. Eisenlohr received his B.A. in 1979 from Haverford College, subsequently earning a Veterinary Medical Degree (1983) and a PhD in Immunology (1988) from the University of Pennsylvania. Following postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, which ended in 1992, Dr. Eisenlohr became an independent investigator at Thomas Jefferson University where he is now Professor and Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He is also Co-Director and Head of Admissions for the MD/PhD dual degree program.

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Delaware, the Water State

Arden Scholars Gild to Discuss

Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 PM

Lower Gild Hall

Delaware, the Water State

Delaware is a water state.  The First State is surrounded by water as the lowest state in the Union and one of just three states on a peninsula. Watersheds contribute $2 to $6 billion and 70,000 direct and indirect jobs annually to the state’s economy from the tourism, agriculture, industrial, recreation, and water supply sectors.  It is essential to invest in clean and plentiful water supplies as the basis of Delaware’s ecological economy.

At the Scholars Gild November discussion, Prof. Jerry Kauffman will lead our discussion on the evolution of water policies in Delaware, the current status, and the future direction.

Bio – Gerald J. Kauffman, Ph.D.

Jerry Kauffman is Director of the University of Delaware Water Resources Agency and holds secondary faculty appointments in the School of Public Policy and Administration and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He provides water science and policy assistance to governments in Delaware and the Delaware Valley through the land-grant public service, education, and research role of the University of Delaware. Dr. Kauffman holds degrees from the only two land grant institutions with Colonial roots in America and is writing a book on “Sustainable Watershed Management” under contract with John Wiley and Sons.  Jerry received the Conservationist of the Year Award from the Delaware Nature Society and drinks the water from the White Clay Creek National Wild and Scenic River in Newark, Delaware.

Scholars Gild May Discussion

Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30

“Where in the world did that plant come from?”

On Tuesday evening, May 21 at 7:30 (Lower Gild Hall)

Discussion – A sense of place: Do native plants matter?

Since the first days of Europeans setting foot on the Americas, humans have been swapping plants (and animals) back and forth across the globe.   As one looks at urban and suburban landscapes it can be almost impossible to tell where in the world one is by looking at what is planted around our homes.  But does it really matter?  That depends on who you are asking, an ecological scientist or a plant breeder looking for the next new thing.

We will be in lower Gild Hall on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 PM, for this discussion. Come join for a lively discussion on just how important it is to curtail our use of “exotic” plants.  Even the scientists have different points of view.

Additional information is posted at the end of this blog. 

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 Reference Material:

One reference from the New York Times:


… and two from The News Journal:


Aliens strangling native species

The News Journal – Wilmington, Del.

Date: Apr 20, 2008
Start Page: A.1
Section: NEWS
Text Word Count: 2241

Abstract (Document Summary)

Besides habitat loss, many private and public land managers in Delaware believe the spread of invasive species — especially invasive plants — is one of the state’s biggest environmental challenges. Redesigning suburbia In a state like Delaware, with less and less undeveloped habitat and with fragments of forest, Tallamy believes there is an alternative: “What we need to do is redesign suburbia.” Because non-native plants often are sold in garden centers, homeowners may plant them without realizing the impact.

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A new wilderness?

The News Journal – Wilmington, Del.

Date: Jan 10, 2008
Start Page: E.1
Section: HOME & GARDEN
Text Word Count: 978

Abstract (Document Summary)

[…] the inspiration. Because our once-wild landscape has become an endless series of backyard habitats, the role of the suburban gardener has never been more important. […] for Tallamy, Mr. and Mrs. Suburbia can play a crucial role in saving threatened species.

And we even have a true libruary book …

 Doug Tallamy’s book “Bringing Nature Home.”