Symposium showcases research talent

Nov. 25, 2009 9:14 a.m.

Opportunity for the public to meet Princeton researchers

Research on topics ranging from imaging the solar interior to understanding the morality of deception will be presented at this year's Princeton Research Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Friend Center.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from many disciplines will share their work with the public through talks and poster presentations specifically tailored to an educated but nonspecialized audience.

"The symposium brings into focus the exciting and topical research going on in various disciplines and departments in the University," said Victor Oyeyemi, graduate student chair of the event's organizing committee and a chemical engineer. "It is a unique forum for members of the Princeton University community to learn about the work of our colleagues in other disciplines while also providing the rare opportunity to showcase this work to the general public."

Nearly 40 researchers from 20 departments will present their work this year. Shravan Hanasoge, a visiting postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geosciences, will share research on new methodology that enables imaging the interior of the sun, while Arudra Burra, a graduate student in philosophy, will discuss the structure of moral principles that govern deception. Ning Lin, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, will take on the assessment of hurricane surge risks to New York City, and Martin Schonger, a graduate student in economics, will address "Equal Pay for Unequal Quality" in health care.

The symposium also will feature an opening talk by Sam Wang, an associate professor of molecular biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the author of the best-selling book, "Welcome to Your Brain." Emily Carter, the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics, will deliver the closing keynote research talk describing novel material designs for energy technology.

The event is sponsored by Princeton's Graduate School, the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, the Graduate Student Government Events Board, the Alumni Council's Committee on Graduate Alumni Relations and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials.

While attendance is free, online registration is requested. More information and a detailed schedule of events also are available online.