press release FYI……This event is open to the public………TOM
‘POSTERS AT THE CAPITOL’ – Showcase of Student Research
Pat Housley, (989) 774-3197
Dr. David Matty, (989) 774-3179
Kathleen Wilbur, (989) 774-3871
The fifth annual “Posters at the Capitol”
April 12 at the state capitol in Lansing will include a robot that walks
upstairs, a supermileage vehicle and research projects by more than 40
undergraduate students at Central Michigan University.
CMU’s event also will include a study of the
effects of El Nino on Michigan winters, emerging pathogens in contaminated soil, renewable
energy sources, a proposed Mount Pleasant commercial airport, migrant birds in Michigan wildlife areas, nanoparticles,
cottonmouth snakes, thunderstorm formations, Beaver Island bogs and much more. In 2000, the CMU event was the first of
its kind to showcase undergraduate research in Michigan.
The event, free and open to the public, will be from 3 to
7 p.m. in the rotunda of the capitol building with an hors d’oeuvre
reception from 5 to 7 p.m. CMU President Michael Rao, joined by CMU deans,
faculty and staff, will present certificates to the students and be on hand to
visit with legislators, alumni, parents and other guests.
“The Posters at the Capitol event is a unique
opportunity for students to share with others the scope and quality of
undergraduate research being done at CMU,” said David Matty, chairman of
CMU’s geology department and coordinator of the event. “The
undergraduate event that CMU began has been adopted by other Michigan universities because
students who participate learn leadership and networking skills as well as
exhibit their scientific endeavors. The experience helps prepare them for
CMU provides numerous opportunities for students to
participate in and conduct significant original research with other students
and faculty. The activities enhance thinking and communication skills and
better prepare students for graduate school or employment where
research-related work habits are highly valued.
“The faculty and students put forth tremendous
efforts to prepare for an event that raises awareness at the state level of the
types of research activities that CMU students conduct,” said Kathleen
Wilbur, CMU vice president for government relations. “The event attracts
legislators, alumni and family members of our students from throughout Michigan.”
The exhibition is sponsored by CMU’s Office of
Alumni Relations, Office of Government Relations, and College of Science and Technology.
CMU alumni can register online for the reception at http://www.cmich.edu/alumni/activities
or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 358-6903.
Thomas K. Rohrer,
318 Brooks Hall
Central Michigan University
U. S. A.
Ph. (989) 774-4409
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