April 5, 2011
More than 230 Morningside College students will present results from about 100 independent or classroom research projects when Morningside holds its eighth annual Palmer Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 13, in Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Ave, and Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave.
The Palmer Student Research Symposium opens at 7:45 a.m. in the Yockey Family Community Room of the Olsen Student Center with remarks from Dr. William Deeds, Morningside’s vice president of academic affairs and dean. Throughout the day students will share research results in a series of panel discussions and oral or poster presentations. The student research projects represent the academic areas of biology, business, chemistry, communication and composition, computer science, English, history, math, modern languages, music, nursing, political science, religion, philosophy and psychology. The symposium is free and open to the public.
Dr. Megan Cifarelli, assistant professor in the art history department at Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y., will deliver the symposium’s keynote speech at 12:45 p.m. in the UPS Auditorium in the Lincoln Center. Cifarelli’s lecture, “Taking it with You: Death and Personal Adornment at Hasanlu Iran,” will focus on her research on personal ornaments found with the bodies of men and women trapped in burning buildings around 800 B.C. when the ancient Iranian city of Hasanlu was attacked and destroyed.
Cifarelli has a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree and doctorate in art history and archaeology from Columbia University. She joined the art history department at Manhattanville College in 2007 as a full-time member of the faculty and as a specialist in the art of the ancient world and museum studies.
The Palmer Student Research Symposium is coordinated by students Eileen Sorenson, Samantha McCarville, Karena Danner, Nicole Van Heek, Kaeli Austen, Alexander Permann, Leah Nielsen and Kelsey Kallhoff. Symposium faculty advisors are Dr. Jackie Barber, associate professor of nursing education, and Dr. Kim Christopherson, assistant professor of psychology.
The Palmer Student Research Symposium is supported by an endowed gift from the Palmer family in honor of Edward C. and William E. Palmer.