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Symposium of Artists and Scholars set for April 29 and 30

Students explain their work during the 2018 Symposium of Artists and Scholars.

The College’s annual Symposium of Artists and Scholars will shine a light on a wide range of topics this year—from the influence of stress on the brain to the robotization of the Winfree Observatory to the public art project Yarning for Unity.

Set for April 29 and 30, the virtual event will feature recorded presentations from students and a keynote address by Pam Risenhoover, Randolph’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Dance. Her talk, which will be available to view at 11 a.m. April 29, will cover creativity, the liberal arts, and the pandemic.

Videos of the student presenters, who will discuss their academic, scientific, and creative research, will be pre-recorded and posted on April 30.

More than 40 students contributed work this year. Research subjects also include children’s interpretations of song lyrics, biodiversity and tree coverage, violence in LatinX families, athletes’ use of social media, a solar panel project in a remote Pakistani village, and the psychology of sports injuries.

The pandemic was also on the mind of students, with topics including its effect on middle school math achievement, as well as special education.

Their presentations will include a space where viewers can ask questions or offer feedback, and presenters will be notified when there is a question, so they can respond.

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