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StARS 2013 Art 1YStARS 2013 Poster Session 1Y

  • When: Thursday evening, April 10, and Friday, April 11, 2014.
  • Who: All students (graduate and undergraduate) involved in research or creative works.  You can elect to give a short oral presentation, a poster presentation, art exhibition, or performance of your work.
  • Early Registration: Abstracts and online registration will be accepted beginning November 1, 2013.  The first 30 posters submitted will be paid for by StARS.
  • General Registration: General registration will continue until Friday, February 14, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.  Abstracts will be accepted as space allows.

Symposium Keynote Speakers

Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, and also became a bestseller and award-winning movie. Her short story collection, Trash (1988), won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing. Cavedweller (1998) became a national bestseller, NY Times Notable book of the year, finalist for the Lillian Smith prize, and an ALA prize winner. Adapted for the stage by Kate Moira Ryan, the play was directed by Michael Greif, and featured music by Hedwig composer, Steven Trask. In 2003, Lisa Cholendenko directed a movie version featuring Kyra Sedwick. The expanded edition of Trash (2002) included the prize winning short story, “Compassion” selected for both Best American Short Stories 2003 and Best New Stories from the South 2003. For more information about Ms. Allison go to


PPeter Karievaeter Kareiva is the Chief Scientist and a Vice President for The Nature Conservancy.  He is a recognized leader in the conservation community.  Prior to taking on his leadership role with The Nature Conservancy, he was Director of the Division of Conservation Biology at NOAA.  He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and authored more than 100 articles.  He is co-author of the 2011 textbook, Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature.   His work is international in scope conducting research, consulting, and teaching in 20 countries.  In 2007, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected him as a fellow.  A 2012 profile of Kareiva in Greenwire was titled, “Myth-busting Scientist Pushes Greens Past Reliance on ‘Horror Stories.’”  More information about Dr. Kareiva is available at his Nature Conservancy profile,

StARS Committee Members

Meagan Cass
Assistant Professor, English Department
UHB 3062     206-8358     Email

Michele Gribbins
Computer-Assisted Instruction Specialist
BRK 430    206-8251   Email

Layne Morsch
Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department
HSB 313     206-8487     Email

Sheryl Reminger
Associate Professor, Psychology Department
UHB 3128     206-8011     Email

Carrie Switzer
Associate Professor, Psychology Department
UHB 3126     206-7229     Email

Abigail Walsh
Applied Music Specialist, Art, Music, Theatre Department
VPA 49     206-7549     Email