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Symposium showcases summer science research with address by Richard W. Allmendinger on energy and climate crisis, September 29, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The annual Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) Symposium will be held on Wednesday, September 29, at Vassar College. The program will showcase collaborative experiments, explorations, and critical analyses by students and faculty from the ten-week URSI summer program. Richard W. Allmendinger, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and associate dean, College of Engineering, Cornell University, will give the keynote address. The program will held in the Villard Room of the College Center in Main Building and is free and open to the public.

The symposium will open at 3:00pm with introductory remarks by Vassar College's Dean of the Faculty Jonathan Chenette and Joseph Tanski, associate professor of chemistry and URSI director. Students and professors will then present the results of their summer research at 3:15pm. Some of the topics include research on bacterial lipids, teen pregnancy and early mortality, and how corals cope with climate change. 

Following the presentations at 4:15pm, Professor Allmendinger will deliver his keynote address: “Energy and Climate: Flip Sides of the Same Crisis.” The symposium will conclude with the poster session on summer research at 5:15pm.

For additional information about URSI, visit go to http://ursi.vassar.edu/.

About the keynote speaker, Richard W. Allmendinger 

Richard W. Allmendinger is a structural geologist and a professor at Cornell University. Among his professional interests are relations between the earthquake cycle and long term geological deformation, behavior of natural fault and crack populations, fault-related folding, regional tectonics of South America, and interpretation of seismic reflection profiles. He also has a strong interest in energy and global climate change. Allmendinger is associate dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell with responsibilities for the Diversity Programs in Engineering office, faculty development, and mentoring.

About the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute 

Vassar's Undergraduate Research Summer Institute is an intensive 10-week summer program in which Vassar students explore original hands-on scientific research under faculty direction. URSI participants are engaged in the entire research process: they learn to formulate hypotheses, review scientific literature, develop experimental protocols, handle major instrumentation, gather data, analyze results, and present their findings. 

Founded in 1986, URSI is among the nation's oldest undergraduate scientific research programs. Every year, over one hundred individuals participate, and in so doing, a community of scientific scholars is created and nurtured. Weekly URSI events such as student presentations and social gatherings support the rigorous daily work of each group. Each fall, the research is displayed and discussed at the fall symposium.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available online at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Schedule of Events: 2010 Undergraduate Research Summer Institute Symposium
September 29, 2010 
Main Building, Villard Room

3:00pm           
Introductory Remarks
  • Jonathan Chenette, dean of the faculty, and Joseph Tanski, URSI director and associate professor of chemistry
3:15pm           
Oral Presentations on Summer Research
  • “Heading in the Right Direction: Lipid Head Group Acylation in Escherichia coli”
    Rebecca Rose ’11, and chemistry professor Teresa Garrett
  • “Teen Pregnancy and Early Mortality”
    Krystal Cashen ’13, Jenna Rieder ’11, and psychology professor Susan Trumbetta
  • “Corals Coping with Climate Change: Identifying Components of Heat Stress Response In Symbiotic Cnidarians”
    Peter Grauman ’11 and biology professor Jodi Schwarz
4:15pm
Keynote Address             
  • “Energy and Climate: Flip Sides of the Same Crisis” 
    Richard W. Allmendinger, Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Cornell University
5:15–6:45pm      
Poster Session on Summer Research

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, September 14, 2010