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Annual Symposium

Contributed by Laurie Wasik on 03/03/03 

J. J. Whalen and grads
James J. Whalen Academic Symposium
Thursday, March 27, 2003
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Emerson Suites, Klingenstein and Clark Lounges

A program of presentations by students from all five schools and the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies will feature work they have accomplished in collaboration with a faculty sponsor.

Research projects in anthropology, art history, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, English, history, legal studies, economics, environmental studies, health sciences, communication, and business as well as original written works, musical performances, art works, and video projects will be presented. The presentations are the result of course work, independent studies and research projects, seminars, and honors projects.

A program of oral presentations, poster sessions, showings, and performances will continue throughout the day. Over 85 presentations involving work by more than 100 students will constitute the program. A reception for the student presenters and their faculty sponsors in recognition of their work will be held in Clark Lounge at the end of the day.

Special Sessions

A feature of this year's Academic Symposium will be the key-note address, "Silent Thunder: The Wonder of Elephant Communication," by Katy Payne, Adjunct Research Scientist at the MaCauley Library of Natural Sound, Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University. The address will be given at 1:15 p.m. in Emerson Suite B.

An environmental studies session presented by students from environmental studies, biology, and chemistry will follow the keynote address:

  • "Constraints on Elephant Maturation in Tanzania" by Jamie Seigel
  • "Economic Efficiency of Coastal Fisheries at Magdalena Uno, Mexico: Realized Profits from Shrimp and Future Value from Bycatch" by Bronwyn Cooke
  • "Environmentally Safe Molluscicides for Use in Aquaculture" by Mihai Aldea
  • "Effects of Habitat Degradation and Loss on Reproduction of Pimephales promelas" by Nischint Sundar
  • "Eyes on the Amazon; Protection or Corruption" by Melissa Abramson

John Confer, professor of biology, organized the session. The presenters are students of Professor Confer, Susan Allen-Gil, assistant professor of biology, and Scott Ullrich, assistant professor of chemistry.

A second unique session will be the presentation by the Martin Luther King Scholars program, "The United States and Brazil: Parallel Perspectives on Issues of Social Justice," resulting from a study trip the scholars took to Brazil during the winter break. Sponsored by Jeff Claus, associate professor, Center for Teacher Education, the students will present various short discussions focusing on a variety of topics that compare aspects of the arts, sport, film, and social and affirmative action policies between the two countries. Courtney Peck, Joseph Ewoodzie, Jonathan Whetstone, Angelita Ellison, Julie Perng, Jazmin Correa, Marjani Israel, Frederick Chandra, and Kimberly Cyrille, all MLK Scholars, are the presenters on this session from 3:00-4:15 p.m. in the Klingenstein Lounge.

Contributed by: Garry L. Brodhead, Associate Provost

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