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Student Research Showcased at Tenth Annual Academic Conference Wednesday

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Posted: Monday Apr 22, 2013

April 22, 2013

Nearly 300 Saint Vincent College students will be showcasing their research and other academic accomplishments for the public at the College’s Tenth Annual Academic Conference from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in the entrance atrium and adjoining hallways of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion on the campus of Saint Vincent College, Latrobe.

This year’s Conference will feature works by students in the areas of the biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, Chinese language, communication, computing and information science, criminology, law and society, education, engineering, English, environmental chemistry, environmental science, history, international studies, liberal arts, management, mathematics, physics, psychology, sociology, Spanish, studio arts and theology.

While many students will share their work through posters and displays, others will present their work in panel sessions and performances.

The Conference is designed to communicate a fuller appreciation for the intellectual dynamic that lies at the center of academic life of Saint Vincent College.

Among the nearly 150 individual or group academic projects are these:

  • Foam retention in beer produced by strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiac engineered to overexpress the mannoprotein
  • A Week’s Diet of a Traveling Locavore Businessman
  • Chemical and Spectral Analysis of a Defaced 18th Century Oil Painting
  • The Perfect Cup of Coffee
  • Bearcat Style, a video produced for a communication course that mimics the trending music video, Gangnam Style by PSY
  • A Marxist Critique of the Film ‘Ghostbusters’
  • The Tragedy Surrounding Forbidden Love
  • Chat App, a phone app for students who are hesitant to ask questions or join discussions
  • 3-D Printing
  • I Don’t Care if I Ever Get Back: The Evolution of Major League Baseball Stadiums
  • Man’s Best Friend: An Exploration of the Emotional Bond Humans Form with Their Dogs
  • Athletic Concussions
  • Effects of Texting and GPS Use on Driving Performance

Dr. Elaine Bennett, assistant professor of anthropology, and Dr. Michael Rhodes, associate professor of biology, are co-chairs of the conference.

Admission to the conference and presentations is free and open to the public.

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