Radford University's tradition of exploration and discovery continued April 22-24 as the campus gathered for the 23rd annual Student Engagement Forum.
"Finding and filtering information and then applying it to problem solving - that is the new premium skill set," said Matt Dunleavy, interim director of academic affairs and associate professor of instructional technology, who opened the three-day event on Tuesday, April 22, in the Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium as the plenary speaker.
"The corpus of human knowledge not lost to genocide is now keyword-searchable, free and can be instantaneously recalled," said Dunleavy. "You're now finding out what it means to be smart and we need you to successfully and ethically navigate the world's complexities."
Almost 200 presentations from RU graduate and undergraduate students were featured in the campuswide celebration of original research and faculty/student collaboration. Symposiums were devoted to arctic geophysics, innovations in forensic science, gender studies and communications. There were art history panels and discussions by participating students on leveraging research opportunities and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. Oral presentation sessions were devoted to business and technology, Appalachian Studies and biology. Poster sessions were devoted to nursing, chemistry, biology, psychology, geology and geospatial science.
At Wednesday's Innovations in Forensic Science Symposium, Sheryl Manning, a senior biology major from Fancy Gap, presented her two-year research project on DNA degradation as a means to determine Post Mortal Interval time.