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Delta State to host 15th annual Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium

By October 6, 2006General

Dr. Robert Elliott

Delta State will host the 15th annual Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium, a “Program of Excellence,” Thursday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 13.

The forum was created by Dr. Robert Elliott to educate students and stimulate their minds, just as his professors had done. Elliott founded the Elliott-Elliott-Head Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Center in Baton Rouge, La., and with the combination of vision and hard work, he has turned his center into one of the leading privately-owned breast cancer research centers in the world.

On a visit to the Delta State campus in 1991, Drs. Robert and Mary Elliott, both Delta State graduates, were renewed with a feeling of pride for their alma mater and decided to give something back. Thus, the “Program of Excellence” was formed.

This year’s symposium features such distinguished speakers as Dr. Charles E. Hoyle, a professor in the Departments of Polymer Science and Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi; Dr. Harry I. Ringermacher, a senior physicist at the General Electric Global Research Center in New York; Dr. Joe Whitehead, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi; and Dr. William W. Turner, Jr., the James D. Hardy Professor and Chair in the Department of Surgery at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Thursday night’s lecture series begins in the Jobe Hall auditorium, and continues Friday morning in Caylor Hall. For a complete schedule of events, please visit

In addition to the symposium, the Elliotts have created excellent scholarships for outstanding Delta State students, providing an opportunity for one or more students to participate in the “Research Fellowship Program.”  This internship allows select students to learn alongside the Elliotts and other members of the team at the Center in Baton Rouge.

The Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Rie Somlai in the Division of Biological and Physical Sciences at (662) 846-4479.