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Whalen Symposium Celebrates Student Research at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The 17th annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 10, highlighting original research and creative works done by Ithaca College students in collaboration with faculty sponsors. Named for the college’s sixth president, presentations will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the Campus Center. The symposium is free and open to the public.

The annual event provides students with the opportunity to give oral and poster presentations on their senior and honors thesis projects and independent research, and to show their original creative work in the arts, including writing, music, theater and film.

The symposium will open in Emerson Suite A with a keynote address, “Show and Prove: Moving from What Students Know to Student Construction of Knowledge,” by Sean Eversley Bradwell, assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity.

The symposium will feature over 200 presentations representing all disciplines, including the following:

  •  “Race and Gender: A Look at Modern Video Games”
  • “How Wegmans Implemented and Promoted Its Gluten-Free Products”
  • “Generating Electricity from Compost Using the Seebeck E”
  • “The Influence of Social Media on Hiring Practices”
  • “Hearing the Formation of Planets: Spectral Sonification of Astronomical Sources”
  • “Use of Google Glass to Enhance Self-Assessment of Interpersonal Communication Skills”
  • “Effect of an 8-Week Neuromuscular Training Program on Landing Mechanics in High School Cheerleaders”
  • “Urban Planning & Sustainability: Revitalization or Gentrification?”

Finalist presentations for the Whalen Symposium Awards will take place during the noon-hour session. A closing session featuring the award ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m.

More information and the symposium schedule can be found at