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Faculty Research Symposium set for Wednesday, March 4

The Faculty Research Symposium is set for Wednesday, March 4, from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Wills 200 (master classroom).

All are encouraged to stop by as time permits throughout the day to see presentations both formal and informal,  given by University of Montevallo faculty members who will be showcasing their latest research and creative activities.

UM President John W. Stewart and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Suzanne Ozment will open the day’s activities with brief remarks beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Presentations will begin at 10:40 a.m. The first four presentations before a noon-1 p.m. lunch break include:

New Methods of Achieving Success
Session chair: TyAnn Lindell, executive director of academic success

• “Lost and Found: The Highs and Lows of Historical Research,” by Jim Day, professor of history;

• “Successful Families: Review of Literature from a Human Ecology Perspective,” by Cindy Wilson, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences;

• “Publicitaires and the Great Depression: Advertising in France in the 1930s,” by Clark Hultquist, professor of history; and

• “Rediscovering Maya Artifacts: A 3D Outlook to Clay Figurines from Belize,” by Virginia Ochoa-Winemiller, assistant professor of geography.

The symposium will continue from 1-2:30 p.m. with presentations as follows:

Artistic Creation and Re-Creation
Session chair: Scott Stephens, professor of art and chair of the department of art

• “Scapes, by Lee Somers, assistant professor of art;

• “Nathaniel Giles, Service Music: A New Critical Edition,” by Joseph Sargent, assistant professor of music;

• “August Wilson’s ‘Pittsburgh Cycle’ and The Designer’s Notebook Series,” by Kel Laeger, associate professor of theatre; and

• “Reconstructed: Sampling as a Method for Pictorial Abstraction,” by Michael Willett, assistant professor of art.

A coffee break is scheduled from 2:30-3 p.m., followed by the final presentations of the day, which include:

Conflict, Resolution, and New Paths of Discovery
Session chair: Helen Moshkovich, professor of business (management information systems)

• “Characterization of TGFβ/ TGFβR3 Signaling Pathways in Autoimmune Disease,” by Christine Sestero, assistant professor of biology;

• “Relative Salience of Market versus Organizational Factors in Influencing Strategic Adaptation,” by Tom Sanders, associate professor of business (management); and

• “Cauldron of Democracy: American Pluralism and the Fight over Yellowstone Bison,” by Scott Turner, professor of political science.