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( April 23, 1997)
SDSM& T UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ’ 97 TO BE HELD APRIL 26/
FEATURED SPEAKER TO DISCUSS “ FAMOUS MAD HATTERS”
SDSM& T is hosting the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium ’ 97 this Saturday, April 26. The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 9: 00 a. m. to 2: 30 p. m. in the Classroom Building ( Rooms 204 and 206).
Undergraduate students from South Dakota’s universities will give oral and poster presentations on their latest research in the fields of Engineering, Science and Social Sciences. Cash awards will be given to the top presenters in each category and to the best overall presenter.
Featured speaker will be Professor James O’Brien of Southwest Missouri State University, who will speak from 1: 30 - 2: 15 p. m. in Room 204E of the Classroom Building.
His presentation, entitled “ Famous Mad Hatters”, is about famous people who suffered from mercury poisoning. Dr. O’Brien will describe the effects of mercury poisoning on the lives of six people – the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland; King Charles II of England; Boston Corbett, a Union solider in the Civil War; Isaac Newton; German chemist Alfred Stock; and English chemist/ physicist Michael Faraday. Professor O’Brien also will discuss the health problems suffered by Clare Boothe Luce, U. S. Ambassador to Italy during Eisenhower’s Presidency.
In addition to the featured speaker, the public is invited to attend the undergraduate student oral presentations from 9: 15 a. m. to 11: 00 a. m. ( CB 204E) and view the poster presentations from 11: 00 a. m. until 1: 30 p. m. ( CB 206). An award ceremony will be held at 2: 15 p. m. in CB 204E following Dr. O’Brien’s program.
South Dakota Tech students, with their hometowns and research topics, who are scheduled to give presentations are as follows:
Scott Cooper, “ Gas/ Fluid Evolution and the Formation of Rhyolite Dike- Associated
Breccia Margins at the Homestake Gold Mine”
Brenda Flottmeyer, “ 1997 Concrete Canoe - Icecreaker”
Dana Dominiack, “ Design and Testing of a Raman Translational Stage” ( team poster)
Suzanne Alley, “ Verification of a Finite Element Analysis of Controlled Boundary
Displacements of an Inflatable Mylar Structure” ( team poster)
Wade Morris, ““ Verification of a Finite Element Analysis of Controlled Boundary Displacements of an Inflatable Mylar Structure” ( team poster)
Joshua Rickenbach, �� Potential Blaster Liability under CERCLA”
Anthony Baumgartner, “ Design and Testing of a Raman Translational Stage” ( team poster)
Michael Connell, “ Entering the Age of Advanced Materials”
Johnna Galinat, “ Bacillus Pasteurii: Growth Curve and Calcite Precipitation”
Farrah J. Johnson, “ Synthesis and Preparation of Magnesium Hydroxide Surfaces
as a Model for Flame- Retardant Fillers”
Jill Munro, “ Use of A Bio Reactor to Determine Bacteria Growth and Enzyme Kinetics”
Barbara Rowe, “ Condont Assemblages and Element Morphotypes Relating to Depositional
Environments of the Pennsylvanian Minnelusa Formation, Black Hills, South Dakota”
Jeffrey Thomason, “ 1997 Concrete Canoe - Icebreaker”
Shannon Peterson, “ Benthic Macroinvertebrate Study to Determine Health of Rapid Creek”
Will Turnbow, “ Design and Testing of a Raman Translational Stage” ( team poster)
HOYT LAKES, MN:
Jason Kissner, “ Design and Testing of a Raman Translational Stage” ( team poster)
Nathan Wiegman, “ Voice Coded Lock”
Seth Davis, “ Design and Testing of a Raman Translational Stage” ( team poster)
AleaG. Pommer, “ Synthesis and Preparation of Magnesium Hydroxide Surfaces as a Model
for Flame- Retardant Fillers”
Dan Dungan, SDSM& T, “ Verification of a Finite Element Analysis of Controlled
Boundary Displacements of an Inflatable Mylar Structure”
Nisha Taneja, “ Introduction to the Langmuir- Blodgett Trough”
For additional information about the Undergraduate Research Symposium, contact Dr. Jon Kellar, SDSM& T Department of Metallurgical Engineering, at 394- 2343.
( fs1/ programs/ dept/ univrel/ pressrele/ 0497/ Undergrad Research 2 fax/ local)
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