"What's My Research?" with Xiaojing Zhou and Todd Davenport


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Please join us on Thursday, February 22, from noon to 1 pm in the Yosemite Classroom (1st floor of the Library) for “What’s My Research?” featuring Drs. Xiaojing Zhou (Department of English) and Todd Davenport (Department of Physical Therapy).

The rapid expansion of the world’s deserts is evidence of worsening environmental catastrophes of the Anthropocene. Dr. Zhou’s research investigates desertification control in China with a focus on the grassroots activism of people who had suffered from expanding deserts for generations but refused to be ecological migrants and transformed large areas of three deserts into oases.

Dr. Davenport will speak on post-exertional malaise (PEM), which is seen in patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis and Long Covid and is a constellation of symptoms involving multiple body systems. PEM is increasingly common and causes significant suffering and disablement, but there is no approved cure. Dr. Davenport studies the mechanisms whereby PEM disrupts our physiology, in order to create advancements in tests and treatments for people who live with PEM.

A light lunch will be served.

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