April 11, 2006
Morningside College will hold the third annual Palmer Undergraduate Student Research Symposium all day Friday, April 21, and from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, in the James and Sharon Walker Science Center, 1707 Morningside Avenue.
Dr. Bernardo J. Carducci, director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind., will deliver the keynote address “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Shyness But Were Too Shy To Ask” on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Randolph Room of the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue. The event is open to the public free of charge.
Carducci will address the myths and misinformation about shyness and discuss its nature and underlying dynamics. He will present strategies to help shy individuals deal with their shyness. Carducci will also hold a book signing at the conclusion of the presentation.
The annual symposium will include a full day of activities featuring more than 40 students presenting 28 different research projects in the academic areas of business administration and economics, English, mathematics, modern languages, nursing, and psychology. The presentations include empirical and non-empirical independent or classroom research projects presented in oral and poster format or panel discussions.
The symposium will open at 9 a.m. Friday with remarks by Morningside College President John Reynders and Dr. William Deeds, vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the college. Presentations will take place throughout the day from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Refreshments will be served in the science center atrium.
Carducci is also professor of psychology at Indiana University Southeast. He is the author of several books and articles on the subject of shyness and other interpersonal issues including “The Shyness Workbook: 30 Days to Dealing Effectively with Shyness,” published in 2005 by Research Press; “The Shyness Breakthrough: A No-Stress Plan to Help Your Shy Child Warm Up, Open Up, and Join the Fun,” published in 2003 by Rodale Press; and “The Pocket Guide to Making Successful Small Talk: How to Talk to Anyone Anytime Anywhere About Anything,” published in 1999 by Pocket Guide Publishing, to name a few.
He has made several television appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” as well as other national and international media services. His writings and advice have appeared in such publications as Psychology Today, U.S.News and World Report, Good Housekeeping, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Carducci holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University in Fullerton and a doctorate from Kansas State University in Manhattan.
The Palmer Undergraduate Research Symposium is coordinated by Dr. Susan Burns, assistant professor of psychology at Morningside, and students Annie Cory, Amanda Fangmeier, Mariah Laver, Angela Meyer, Crickett Phelps, and Angela Phillips.
The Palmer Undergraduate Research Symposium is supported by an endowed gift from the Palmer family in honor of Edward C. and William E. Palmer.