July 27, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's annual Sigma Xi Student Summer Research Poster Session will be held in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center on Wednesday, July 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The session will feature the work of the many students who have spent the summer working with members of the Bucknell faculty on research projects in a variety of disciplines.

This symposium is sponsored by the Bucknell chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, with support from the Office of the Provost.

Topics in biology, chemistry, computer science, psychology, physics and astronomy, and math include:

·      two projects assessing the Susquehanna River's Variability in Water Quality, and the river's Real-Time Water Quality;

·      the unveiling of the Bucknell University Arboretum, a database of more than 1,700 trees on the Bucknell campus;

·      an investigation of the human-computer interaction on multi-touch handheld devices [a Bucknell specific app for iPhone/iPod/iTouch/iPad];

·      lexical development in early second language acquisition;

·      possible influences of motor development on vocabulary development;

·      calculating luminosities for a large sample of brown dwarfs;

·      effective force on an atomic beam by a pulsed laser pair.

The Sigma Xi symposium has been held for more than 20 consecutive years to celebrate the achievements of students doing full-time summer research at Bucknell University. The research is supported with funds from a variety of sources including: the Bucknell Program for Undergraduate Research, the National Science Foundation through Research Experiences for Undergraduates grants awarded to departments at Bucknell, and faculty individual-investigator grants awarded by organizations including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Contact: Division of Communications

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