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Fourth Annual UIS Science Research Symposium to feature evolutionary geneticist

April 9, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Dr. Rob DeSalle, curator at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, will present the keynote address at the Fourth Annual UIS Science Research Symposium, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 23, in Brookens Auditorium on the University of Illinois at Springfield campus.  DeSalle’s presentation, “The Utility of Evolutionary Thinking in Making Sense of Biomolecules and Biomaterials,” is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.  In addition to the platform presentations, poster sessions will be held on the second floor of the Health and Sciences Building.  The entire symposium is free and open to the public.

DeSalle’s research uses information present in the structure of DNA and protein molecules to address evolutionary questions, work that also has applications to important issues in conservation biology.  His address will cap a day of oral and poster presentations on applied or theoretical research by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in science programs at UIS and other four-year colleges in the area.  Awards will be given for best student presentations.

Because more and more college students engage in research projects, UIS began hosting Science Research Symposiums in 2001. Goals are to promote community interest in science research, invite nationally recognized scholars to share their research, and encourage scientific dialogue between faculty and students at smaller four-year colleges in central Illinois.  

Sponsors at UIS are the Biology, Chemistry, and Clinical Laboratory Science programs, the student science clubs; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and UIS Speakers’ Series Fund.  For more information, contact Nada Chang, associate professor of Biology, by phone at (217) 206-7338 or by e-mail at chang.nada@uis.edu.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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