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DUCURS conference to showcase a record number of undergraduate research presentations

April 14, 2011
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Student poster presentations are part of the annual conference

Scientific research investigating a wide variety of topics "” the impact of Nintendo Wii Sports compared to more traditional exercise; effects of goat grazing in the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt; analysis of an experimental anti-malarial drug composition "” will be among the more than 60 presentations by Drake University students and faculty at the eighth annual Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences (DUCURS).

The free, public conference on Thursday, April 14, will feature research posters and oral presentations by an interdisciplinary group of ambitious Drake students. They will display their work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Parents Hall in Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave. All participants and attendees will be eligible to win door prizes.

The Drake conference highlights collaborative work of undergraduates and faculty, featuring a record number of research projects from multiple departments, including: biology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science and mathematics, environmental science and policy, neuroscience, pharmaceutical science, physics and psychology. For a complete schedule of conference events, visit http://www.drake.edu/ducurs/schedule.php

 


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Julio De Paula

This year's DUCURS luncheon keynote speaker is Julio De Paula, professor
of chemistry and associate vice-president and director of special
projects at Lewis and Clark College. De Paula will speak about the
challenges faced by science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
educators and researchers with a focus on research-rich curricula. De
Paula's research centers on photosynthesis and nanotechnology.

In addition to the annual luncheon, a science career fair will also be
held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in conjunction with this year's conference.
Participants will have the opportunity to network with corporate
representatives regarding careers, internships and experiential
learning.  

Following the presentations, students will have the opportunity to
participate in an inter-science department knowledge competition. Top
student exhibitors will receive awards courtesy of alumnus Dr. James
Holsapple, AS'80.

Dr. Holsapple is on faculty in the department of neurosurgery at Boston
Medical Center, where he continues his general practice in adult and
pediatric neurosurgery. He has maintained research interests in
neuroscience collaborating in studies of primate vision and mechanisms
of transmitter release and lives in Boston.

Presenting sponsor is Metro Waste Authority, with additional sponsorship from Kemin Industries and Aerotek Scientific.

Recognized as the leader in environmental stewardship and cost-effective
waste management, Metro Waste Authority is an independent government
agency comprised of 16 member communities, one county and six planning
members.