Thursday, April 15, 2010

Undergraduate Research Symposium in Biology April 16

The Biology Department will host the 36th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in Biology — free and open to the public — on Friday, April 16, in the Adducci Science Center.

Students from Saint Mary’s and other colleges and universities in the tri-state region will present the results of their undergraduate research projects. Morning refreshments will be available and registration begins at 8 a.m. Presentations begin at 8:20 a.m. and continue until the 11:45 a.m. lunch break; presentations will then continue from 2 to 4 p.m.

The symposium presents all attendees the opportunity to experience the process of open collegial assessment of experimental findings, the opportunity to encounter discoveries from a variety of scientific disciplines, and an excellent environment to develop personal contacts and acquaintances.

From 12:45 to 2 p.m., Saint Mary’s alumnus Dr. John Stegeman will present the R.V. Kowles Lecture in the Common Room. Dr. Stegeman is a senior scientist and the director of the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health. With an extensive list of publications, Dr. Stegeman has served in a multitude of capacities for National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He also recently participated in an expert panel discussion during the first UN World Oceans Day. He will present “Enzymes, Chemicals and Environment: Exploring the Evolution and Diversity of Cytochrome P450 Genes, and the Implications.”