SHU to Host 65th Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference

News Story: March 1, 2011

Sacred Heart University will host the 65th Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference on Saturday, April 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The conference provides an opportunity for students from colleges around the Northeast to present their empirical research in the sciences and engineering, using the general format of a professional meeting.

Students have the opportunity to give platform (oral) presentations, poster presentations and/or full-length papers. “Two major benefits of this conference for students are the opportunities not only to present research in a scientific setting, but also to learn from other participants,” said Dr. Suzanne M. Deschenes, associate professor of Biology, who with Dr. Mark Beekey, assistant professor of Biology, is coordinating this conference at SHU. Awards for best platform presentations, posters and papers will be presented at the banquet concluding the event.

At 11 a.m., Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday® on NPR, will be the keynote speaker. His most recent book, Present at the Future, highlights the conversations he has had over the years with top scientists and researchers. His numerous TV credits include six years as host and writer for the Emmy-award-winning “Newton's Apple” on PBS and science reporter for “CBS This Morning.”  He wrote, produced and hosted “Transistorized!,” an hour-long PBS documentary. He is also host of the four-part PBS series, “Big Ideas.”

Over the years, interest has increased in the Eastern Colleges Science Conference, and more than 50 colleges and universities have participated. Over time, the range of subject matter has also expanded and now covers computer science and behavioral and social sciences, as well as the original areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and engineering.

This event is sponsored by Sacred Heart University’s Offices of the President, Provost, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Student Activities, and the Department of Biology.

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