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March 28, 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Young
734.487.4400
Pamela.Young@emich.edu

From bats to furniture with a personality, EMU student research takes center stage at 26th Annual Undergraduate Symposium March 31

YPSILANTI - If you want to learn more about the diversity of bats; have an interest in feminine motifs in Japanese popular culture; or want to delve into sculptured furniture inspired by the Shakers, then Eastern Michigan University’s Annual Undergraduate Symposium is the place to be.           

More than 200 other topics will be presented at the premier academic showcase Friday, March 31, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in McKenny Union on EMU’s main campus.

The presentations are free and open to the public.

There will be 130 oral presentations and 64 poster displays on topics as diverse as the effects of exercise on cancer recovery and a look back at George Armstrong Custer to using Shader Programming to add graphical detail to 3-D scenes.

“EMU’s Undergraduate Symposium is one of the oldest in the country, “ said Wendy Kivi, event coordinator for the symposium. “Student presenters demonstrate the research and creative strategies from their chosen fields. The goal is to provide direct, hands-on learning to develop skills and understanding that go beyond the classroom.”

One of those students is Robin DeSloover, a senior from Monroe, Mich. DeSloover is a fine arts major with a concentration in sculpture, who has evolved her hands-on skills through independent study courses. The result is a passion for building unique and functional furniture, which she will display in a poster presentation, “Furniture With Personality,” at this year’s symposium. Small models also will be on display as well as her finished pieces.           

Other presentations include:

• Bat Diversity and Activity at Bear Cave: 1978 vs. 2005;

• Exercise Benefits for the Patient with Parkinson’s Disease;

• Global and National Diversity – Songs and Social Change;

• The 1994 Mexican Economic Crisis;

• Using Technology to Teach Geometry;

• Biological versus Chronological Aging: How Lifestyles Influence Aging; and

• The Learning and Teaching Gap: Education in the U.S. and Japan.

 

For more information about the symposium, contact Wendy Kivi, event coordinator, EMU Undergraduate Symposium, 734.487.3198, or log on to www.emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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