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WKU will celebrate student research during REACH Week March 19-24

WKU will celebrate student research March 19-24 during REACH (Research Experiences and Creative Heights) Week.

The week includes lectures by two prominent scientists, research showcases hosted by WKU’s academic colleges and the 42nd annual Student Research Conference. (The complete schedule is online at http://www.wku.edu/research/celebrate.php)

Highlights of REACH Week include the following:

Keynote speaker March 21: Dr. Brian Fagan, internationally prominent archaeologist/anthropologist, New York Times bestselling author and Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, will discuss “How Climate Change Changed Civilization” at 7 p.m. at Van Meter Hall. A reception will begin at 6 p.m.

Student Research Conference March 24: More than 270 undergraduate and graduate students will present their research and creative endeavors through talks, posters, performances and more at the 42nd annual conference at Gary A. Ransdell Hall. The conference will begin at 7:30 a.m. with an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Conference speaker March 24: Dr. William Tad Pfeffer, professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado, a Distinguished Lecturer for Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society and a renowned scientist who publishes regularly in the journal “Science,” will discuss “Future Sea Level: Where do we go from here?” at 4:30 p.m. at Gary A. Ransdell Hall Auditorium.

Group from Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre visiting March 19-21: In addition to REACH Week climate speakers, WKU’s Hoffman Environmental Research Institute will be hosting visitors from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre on March 19-21. The group from Belize will include Dr. Kenrick R. Leslie, executive director; Dr. Ulric Trotz, science advisor; and Dr. Mark Bynoe, environmental economist. Dr. Leslie, an accomplished physicist and meteorologist, will present “Responding to Climate Change in the Caribbean” at 4 p.m. March 20 at Snell Hall, room 2113. During their visit, the CCCCC group will meet with campus groups and tour WKU climate and meteorology research facilities.

Contact: Office of Research, (270) 745-6733; or Farley Norman, (270) 745-2094.

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