The Student Center Multipurpose Room became a science fair of sorts as almost 70 professors from across the University displayed posters and discussed their latest work and accomplishments with hundreds of students, faculty, and staffers who streamed in today for Faculty Research Day.
Professors from more than 30 disciplines, including communication, religion, public health, geology, philosophy, global studies, engineering, fine arts, Spanish, and education interacted with students and colleagues who asked numerous questions including what had inspired the professor’s research interests.
Another, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kevin Bisceglia, said that questions about whether contaminants in the environment really had any serious impact on health are what sparked his initial interest in pursuing studies on the subject.
Professor of Anthropology Daniel Varisco, an expert on Middle Eastern studies, came dressed in Yemeni garb and brought a poster of images from the region to reflect his teaching style. “My display is a show-and-tell,” he said. “I want students to be interested in what they see, and ask me questions. I want to draw them in, but not with words on a poster and heavy note-taking.”
Faculty Research Day drew larger crowds and more participation from faculty than last year’s inaugural event. Its organizer, Senior Associate Dean Neil Donahue of Honors College, was pleased with the results. “A number of people told me it was a great event, and students especially were amazed,” he said. “They said their teachers in high school didn’t do research outside the classroom, and that’s the difference they see here with their professors. That’s what this event is all about.”
To see more photos from the event, visit the Faculty Research Day page.