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Southwestern Showcases Student Research, Creativity

The creativity and scholarship of Southwestern University students will be displayed at two different events the week of April 3.

Creative projects will be displayed Monday, April 3, at the 2006 King Creativity Symposium. The King Creativity program was started in 2000 with an endowment provided by Southwestern alumnus W. Joseph “Joey” King. Each year, the endowment fund supports as many as 20 projects with grants ranging up to $1,750.

Projects funded this year include a documentary about the rebuilding of New Orleans and a play based on actual student e-mail exchanges. The symposium featuring project exhibits and presentations will be held from 5-6 p.m. April 3 in the ballrooms of the McCombs Campus Center. In all, the symposium will highlight the work of 19 scholars on 12 projects.

In conjunction with this symposium, Southwestern will host a screening of the film My Father, the Genius at 7:30 p.m. April 3 at the Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave. The film was made by independent film maker Lucia Small and won the award for best documentary at the 2002 Slamdance Film Festival. The screening is free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets for the screening may be picked up in Room 33 of the Cullen Building (corner of University and Maple Streets) beginning March 21.

For more information on the symposium, visit http://www.southwestern.edu/academics/kcf/ or call the University Events Office at 512/ 863-1483.

On Thursday, April 6, nearly 100 student research projects will be featured at the 7th annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Symposium. The event will run from 5-9 p.m. at various locations throughout the McCombs Campus Center. Oral presentations of research projects will be given at 5 p.m. and at 7 p.m. in the ballrooms, and poster presentations will be on display from 6-7 p.m. in the Bishops Lounge.

Research projects in 27 different disciplines will be presented, ranging from a project on whether passing laws making counties “dry” actually reduces incidences of driving while intoxicated (DWI) to one on the use of artificial intelligence to design perfumes.

“This symposium is an excellent opportunity for Southwestern to display all of the exciting activities taking place outside of the classroom,” said co-chair Tracey Einem, a junior biology major.

In conjunction with the symposium, 1992 Southwestern graduate Steve Perz will give a lecture on Wednesday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in Olin 110. Perz is now an associate professor of sociology at the University of Florida and conducts research on the effects of road building in the Amazon rainforest. The title of his lecture is “Fish Labs, Flycatchers, Brazil and Beyond: The Transformation of Self and Science from SU to the Amazon.”