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Arts & Science Research Conference and Exhibition

Written by Ebony Minott

Willimantic, CT -- The School of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University will hold its 11th Annual Student Research Conference and Exhibition from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 14. The conference will take place in the Science Building and lunch and the closing reception will be held in the Student Center. The student presenters' families are expected to attend, along with faculty and students from each of the departments in the School of Arts and Sciences. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The event opens in the Science Building Auditorium (Room 104) with a keynote address from Daniel Donaghy, associate professor of English and winner of the 2010 Norton Mezvinsky CSU Trustees Research Award for Eastern Connecticut State University. Donaghy is a published poet and scholar in contemporary British and American poetry whose authenticity and clarity of poetry have earned him a prize at a top-ranked university press; finalist distinctions in a highly prestigious national poetry contest; and frequent publication in some of the most widely read literary publications in the country.

From 9:30-11:50 a.m., students will present oral presentations in the Science Building. From 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m, poster presentations will be on display in the Science Building Lobby and visual arts exhibits can be viewed in the Science Building display cases. These exhibits include digital art, prints, paintings, drawings and sculptures made by Eastern students.

The projects range from presentations such as "Plotting Authority in Mister Pip" by English major James Boyle '12 of Andover, to "The Smith Sisters' Rise in the Society: Mobility of Third Generation Irish American Women in Willimantic, Connecticut, 1900-1930" by history major Kira Holmes '12 of Milford.

In her presentation, "The Relation Between Humor and Confidence on Sexual Attraction," psychology major Danielle Gillespie '13 of Lebanon describes her discovery of whether or not individuals felt sexually attractive based on their sense of humor and self confidence. In his presentation, "Inducible Defense in Corals and the Role of Nematocysts in Coral Competition," biology major David Stein '12 of Lebanon discusses the reactions of corals to the competitive treatments and the development of different cnidae types.

The closing reception features the Eastern Jazz Ensemble conducted by Joe Tomanelli, a part-time faculty member of the Music Department.

For more information on the Research Conference and Exhibition, contact Carmen Cid, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, at (860) 465-5295 or

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