Statewide science and research symposium to be held at Marshall next month

Keynote speaker to provide counter-reaction to growing rejection of the benefits of modern science

Monday, August 23, 2010  


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The biennial statewide science and research conference is scheduled for Sept. 27-28 on the campus of Marshall University. This will be the first time the event has been held in Huntington.

Intended for members of the state’s business and research communities, the STaR (Science, Technology and Research) Symposium focuses on cutting-edge research being conducted in West Virginia, the national and state outlooks for scientific research, and the importance of technology-based economic development to the state’s future. The sessions will be held in the new Marshall University Foundation Hall and the Memorial Student Union.

This year’s symposium will feature headline speaker Michael Specter, author of “Denialism,” an investigation of people’s growing mistrust surrounding the world of science and its byproducts. A staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998, Specter argues that misplaced skepticism has undermined public acceptance of the scientific marvels of the present age and the benefits they provide humankind.

The theme of this year’s program, “Sustainability: How Science, Technology and Research Can Sustain Our Future,” will be carried throughout panel discussions on energy, the environment, cyberinfrastructure and the economy. The symposium also will offer breakout sessions highlighting the work of some of West Virginia’s leading scientists, and a student poster competition that will feature the research of 26 outstanding undergraduate and graduate students from across the state, including 10 from Marshall.

The symposium early registration fee is $125 per person and includes all events, including Monday night’s dinner and program featuring Michael Specter. Single tickets for only Monday’s dinner and Specter’s presentation are available for $50. The program of events and online registration are available at www.wvresearch.org/starsymposium. Early registration ends Aug. 26. For more information, contact Jessica Tice at (304) 558-4128 ext. 6 or jessica.tice@wvresearch.org.

The STaR Symposium is hosted by the Division of Science and Research, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR); the Marshall University Research Corporation; the West Virginia University Research Corporation; NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium/NASA West Virginia EPSCoR; the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC); Concord University; the West Virginia Department of Commerce; the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine; Bethany College; the Charleston Area Alliance; Shepherd University; and West Virginia Wesleyan College.

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Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964