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Event showcases graduate research at WFU

March 26, 2009

More than 100 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers at Wake Forest University will showcase their projects from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 6 at BB&T Field’s Bridger Field House, 499 Deacon Boulevard, during the Ninth Annual Graduate Research Day.

The event is free and open to the public.

Research projects spanning the physical and social sciences will be presented through poster displays that will be judged by teams from various disciplines for cash prizes.  Examples of research to be presented at the event include:

  • a study that found adult male rhesus monkeys, but not females, which had been exposed to cocaine while in the mother’s womb, exhibited greater impulsive behavior;
  • an examination of how organizations using best practices in enterprise risk management have fared during the current financial crisis;
  • an animal study in mice testing the effectiveness of using carbon nanotubes heated with lasers to destroy kidney tumors;
  • an analysis of Google, Yahoo and searches during the 2008 presidential election to evaluate the role Internet search engines play as sources of political information.

After the poster session, there will be a presentation, “Research in the Physics Department:  From a Single Molecule to Giant Stars,” which will highlight research accomplishments, patents and start-up companies originating from the physics department at Wake Forest.  Martin Guthold, assistant professor of physics and director of the physics graduate program, will moderate a three-student panel of physics doctoral candidates.

For more information, call the Wake Forest Graduate School office at (336) 758-5301.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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