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November 4, 2005

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VITERBO HOSTS TRI-STATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM NOV. 11

LA CROSSE, Wis. - More than 80 top science students from seven area colleges and universities will be at Viterbo to participate in the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium Friday, Nov. 11 in the Reinhart Center for Ethics, Science, and Technology.

The day which will highlight student research accomplishments includes a keynote address by Dr.  Michael Weibel who will discuss “Chemical Defense-the role of Test and Evaluation (Would You Trust Your Life to a Sales Brochure?)” Weibel is a senior research scientist with the Battelle Eastern Science and Technology Center in Aberdeen, S.D.

Weibel’s talk is scheduled for 11:10 a.m., and in the afternoon, students are invited to give oral presentation on their research in the areas of natural, health, behavior or the social sciences. Nearly 40 presentations are scheduled on topics including studies on Beta-amyloid deposits in the brain of mice (to help understand Alzheimer’s,) a study on the relationship between nicotine and anxiety, and perceptions of online degrees.

“This is a great opportunity for students to present results from extensive research projects,” said Dr. Glena Temple, chair of Viterbo’s biology department and an organizer of the event.  “The skills they develop doing this are critical for employment and graduate school.”

The Universities participating includes: UW (Eau Claire, La Crosse, Stout), Luther College, Winona State University, Edgewood College and Viterbo).

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