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    Nearly 100 Undergraduates to Present at Duquesne Research Symposium

    After spending the summer hard at work in the laboratory, nearly 100 undergraduate researchers from 33 institutions across the region will present their findings at Duquesne University's 16th annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, July 26.

    Sponsored by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the symposium culminates a 10-week intensive research program that integrates undergraduate students into high-level research teams.

    Participants will hear a keynote address about Carbon Nanotube Membranes for Water Desalination: Predictions from Simulations and Experimental Confirmation from Dr. J. Karl Johnson, the William Kepler Whiteford Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and co-director of the Center for Simulation and Modeling at the University of Pittsburgh.

    He will deliver the keynote, focused on the global water crisis, at 10 a.m. in the Pappert Lecture Hall of the Bayer Learning Center. Students will give oral presentations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by poster presentations from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Mellon Hall patio.

    Student research covers a wide range of topics, such as:

    • Using protein staining and microscopy to help identify new biomarkers of chronic pain, in particular, the emotional aspect of pain.
    • Creating and isolating a protein important to a pathogenic bacterium to better understand that protein's role in gastroenteritis.
    • Using electronic structure calculations to gain insight into the chemical and physical properties of TiO2, a common material found in solar cells.

    Dr. Philip Reeder, dean of the Bayer School, said the program fulfills an important role in developing future scientists. "The Undergraduate Research Program offers students a unique opportunity for in-depth, hands-on research experiences that help further prepare them to be tomorrow's scientific leaders," he said.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.