photo of Gholam Mirafzal and Dan Sadowski
Professor Gholam Mirafzal and Student Body President Dan Sadowski present research at last year’s conference.

to showcase student science research at fifth annual conference

Drake University community and friends will gather to
celebrate the research of 100 students and faculty members at the annual Drake
University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences on Thursday,
April 17.

 “DUCURS is a reminder of the constant collaboration between students and faculty on research projects pursuing new scientific discoveries,” said Maria Bohorquez, director of the Drake University Science Collaborative Institute.

The conference will feature a wide variety of research
projects on topics including: studying exercise to help trauma care, comparing
the potency of dried Echinacea seedheads and leaves as immunostimulators and
modeling Alzheimer’s disease in mice.

Research posters will feature on display from 8-11 a.m. and
1-5 p.m. in Parents Hall in Olmsted Center. The conference display and oral
presentations, which will run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and again at 1:15-2:30
p.m., are free and open to the public.

The conference honors accomplishments students conducting
research in areas including biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science
and policy, psychology, mathematics and computer science, biochemistry, cell
and molecular biology, and pharmaceutical science.

In conjunction with the conference, biotech expert Ted
Crosbie will be the keynote speaker at a lunch for the Drake community, made
possible by Kemin Industries Inc. His talk is titled “Stimulating Economic
Development in the Biosciences, Advanced Manufacturing and Information
Technology Industries.”

more about the Drake University Science Collaborative Institute is available online.

photo of Ted Crosbie
Ted Crosbie

Crosbie,vice president of global planting for Monsanto Co.,is responsible for seven crops worldwide and is a member of the Monsanto Advisory Committee and the Technology Leadership Team. He is a member of Biosciences Alliance of Iowa (BAI) Executive Committee, which was created by the Iowa Department of Economic Development to coordinate efforts to grow the biotech industry in Iowa. This partnership of industry leaders, government officials and educators encourages and facilitates the commercialization of bioscience research and development to enhance opportunities for start-up, emerging and existing Iowa firms.

For more information, contact Maria Bohorquez at 515-271-2595 or maria.bohorquez@drake.edu.