April 3, 2007 See the list of student presenters and topics of research
Morningside College will hold its fourth annual Palmer Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. in the James and Sharon Walker Science Center, 1707 Morningside Avenue.
Dr. Gary L. Wells, distinguished professor of psychology at Iowa State University and internationally recognized scholar in scientific psychology, will deliver the keynote address “Eyewitness Identification: An Application of Psychological Science to Criminal Justice” at 12:45 p.m. in the Yockey Family Community Room of the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue. The event is open to the public free of charge.
The Palmer Student Research Symposium will open at 8:45 a.m. with remarks by Morningside College President John Reynders and Dr. William Deeds, vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the college. Fifty-five different research projects in the academic areas of biology and chemistry, business administration and economics, English, history and political science, mass communication, mathematical sciences, modern languages, music, nursing, philosophy, psychology, and religious studies will be presented throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.. The presentations include empirical and non-empirical independent or classroom research projects presented in oral and poster format.
Wells has written and published extensively on the subject of the reliability of eyewitness identification. His research, funded by the National Science Foundation, has been incorporated into standard psychology and law textbooks and his conclusions about eyewitness identification have appeared in such print media as The New Yorker, Time magazine, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. He has made appearances on CBS’ “48 Hours,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” CNN’s “Newsnight,” and NBC’s “Nightly News” and “The Today Show” and has served as an expert for the defense, prosecution, and plaintiffs in criminal and civil cases across the United States and Canada.
Wells was a founding member of the U.S. Department of Justice group that developed the first set of national guidelines for eyewitness evidence and was co-chair of a panel that wrote the department’s training manual for law enforcement on collection and preservation of eyewitness identification evidence. In addition to his responsibilities at Iowa State University, he serves as director of social sciences for the American Judicature Society Institute of Forensic Science and Public Policy in Greensboro, N.C.
The Palmer Student Research Symposium is coordinated by Dr. John Pinto, professor of psychology, Jackie Barber, associate professor of nursing, and Morningside students Jennifer Ball, Jaclyn Buttermore, Amanda Fangmeier, Nicole Kranz, Stephanie Loeschen, Whitney McElrath, Heidi Meyer, Emily Olsen, Brandilynn Shipler, and Joelle Stout.
The Palmer Student Research Symposium is supported by an endowed gift from the Palmer family in honor of Edward C. and William E. Palmer.