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Faculty Research & Scholarship Symposium, Wednesday & Thursday

The 2007 Faculty Research and Scholarship Symposium highlights original work completed by Delta State University faculty members and their collaborators during the 2006 — 2007 academic year. It is organized and sponsored by the DSU Research Committee (Dr. Chuck Smithhart, chair) with additional support from the DSU Office of Academic Affairs and the DSU Year of Health and Wellness Program.
 
The goal of this symposium is to provide a forum for faculty and their collaborators to share their professional work with their peers and with wider audiences. Of special interest for the DSU community and for higher education in Mississippi are strong elements of pedagogy-oriented scholarship, DSU student collaboration, and Mississippi Delta-focused research.
 
Several key benefits of this symposium make it a valuable addition to Delta State University’s slate of annual events. Participants benefit because their work receives colleagues’ critical input that can help them modify and improve the work in preparation for seeking future support (e.g. grants) and publication. Current and prospective students benefit because they are able to appreciate connections between the knowledge in their chosen field and the original scholarship that generates that knowledge. Too often, students do not understand that many university faculty have scholar-scientist roles in addition to their teaching role; thus they do not realize and take advantage of the full potential of higher education. The overall DSU community benefits because the research and scholarship of faculty, combined with and embedded in quality teaching, is at the very core of what makes the university indispensable for its stakeholders. In short, the research and scholarship of DSU faculty — particularly as it increases in quantity and quality — helps gain greater recognition and respect for the university’s overall mission, not only locally and regionally but also nationally and internationally.
 
Overall organization was coordinated by Dr. John Green, Dr. John Alvarez, Dr. Jeannie Falkner and Dr. Smithhart, with the help of many DSU staff, students, and faculty. We hope that you find the symposium valuable and welcome your comments and suggestions.
 
3rd Annual
Delta State University
Faculty Research and Scholarship Symposium
April 11-12, 2007 in the Jacob Center • Ewing Hall, 1st Floor
 
 
Schedule of Events
 
 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
 
1:00 pm…………………………… Opening Ceremony
Dr. Garry Jennings, Master of Ceremonies
Comments on the 3rd Annual Symposium, Charles Smithhart
The Year of Health and Wellness, Myrtis Tabb
Welcome and Introduction of the Speaker, DSU President Dr. John Hilpert
 
1:15 – 2:00 pm…………………. Keynote Speech
Health and Wellness Issues in the Mississippi Delta, Dr. Ed Thompson
 
2:00 – 3:00 pm………………… Poster Session and Refreshments
DSU researchers and scholars will be available to discuss their work and answer questions
 
3:00 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 1
                        3:00     Graded Exercise Testing: Demystifying Oxygen Consumption
                                    (John Alvarez, Trey Jones and Holly Montague)
                        3:20     Exploration of the Social, Economic and Demographic Characteristics of the
                                    Most and Least Obese States (Edith Cameron McMillen)
                        3:40     Gender, Practice and Policy: A Feminist Perspective of the Nursing Faculty     
                                    Shortage (LaWanda Shelton Herron)
 
4:00 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 2
                        4:00     Marketing the Mississippi Delta Blues: Myth Making, Constructive Authenticity,
                                    and Public Memory (Stephen King)
                        4:20     An Application of Projective Geometry
                                    (Brent Bean, Mary Clair Thompson and Clifton Wingard)
 
THURSDAY, APRIL 12
9:00 am – 4:40 pm…………… Display of Faculty Research and Scholarly Output
 
9:00 – 10:00 am………………. Poster Session
DSU researchers and scholars will be available to discuss their work and answer questions
 
10:00 – 10:50 am…………….. Workshop – Trans-Disciplinary Research and Teaching (Amy Owen)
 
11:00 – 11:50 am…………….. Panel – Follow Your Bliss: Grant Funding Can Make It So
(Moderator: Kay Stricklin, Panelists: Beverly Moon, Emily Weaver and John Green)
 
12:00 – 1:00 pm………………. Break for Lunch (on your own)
 
1:00 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 3
                        1:00     Musicians as Athletes
                                    (Andrea Cheeseman)
                        1:20     Toward Knowledge-Based Society: Information, Knowledge and Technology
                                    (Felix Rizvanov)
                        1:40     Not Just Technology: Effective Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century
                                    (Felix Rizvanov)
                        2:00     Latinos and their Health Experiences in the Mississippi Delta
                                    (Monica Rosas)
 
2:20 – 2:30 pm………………… Break
 
2:30 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 4
                        2:30     Ecotourism in the Mississippi Delta: Insights from Land and Tourism Managers        
                                    (Alan Barton and Eric Atchison)
                        2:50     Why is Geography Education Excluded from the Mississippi Delta?
                                    (Scott Trapolino)
                        3:10     Politics and Public Memory in the Post Conflict Landscape of Central America                                                             (Shannon Lamb and Mark Bonta)
                        3:30     Exploring Our World Through Interactive Cartography
                                    (Subramanian Swaminathan)
 
3:50 – 4:00 pm…………………. Break
 
4:00………………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 5
                        4:00     Academic Experiences Abroad: Students Evaluate the Value of Foreign Travel
                                    (Robert Johnson, Scott Trapolino and Garry Jennings)
                        4:30     Constructing Effective Learning Experiences through Foreign Travel:
                                    Northern Ireland and Italy
                                    (Robert Johnson and Garry Jennings)
 
 
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