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Nov. 3, 2010

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LA CROSSE, Wis—More than 185 students representing 12 colleges and universities  will be on the Viterbo campus Friday, Nov. 12 to participate in the Eighth Annual Regional Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The symposium which will run from 11a.m.—5 p.m. includes a keynote address (11 a.m.) lunch, followed by oral and poster presentations by students in the afternoon. The  poster presentations will be held in various locations throughout the Reinhart Center. 

This year’s keynote speaker will be Lee Alan Dugatkin, Ph.D.,of the University of Louisville.  Dugatkin is the author of Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: When Natural History and History Collide as well as several other popular books about science. His address at the Seven Rivers Symposium titled, “Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose” is designed to inform and interest a diverse audience while highlighting the importance of scientific inquiry, natural and American history, and the power of debate.  

A wide variety of academic disciplines will be represented at the symposium and a sampling which reveals the range of presentations include: “Milton’s Cause: An Examination of Scripture and Politics in Paradise Lost”, “The Future of the United States Postal System”, “Assessing Factors Underlying Species Invasion and Disease Transmission in the Upper Mississippi River.”

In addition to Viterbo, participating universities are: from Minnesota: St. Mary’s University, Winona State University, University of St. Thomas, Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota State University at Mankato, Carleton College; from Wisconsin: UW-La Crosse, and UW-Eau Claire; from Iowa: University of Dubuque, Grinnell and Wartburg Colleges.



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