Monday, May 21, 2012

Ashland University hosts the Ohio Academy of Science

AU alum Dr. J. Patrick Card provided the
keynote address for the Ohio Academy of
Science Meeting at Ashland University

The 121st annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of Science was held on the Ashland University campus on April 13 and 14. The meeting was attended by more than 300 academic, government, and industry scientists and engineers, including faculty and students from many of Ohio’s universities and colleges, as well as precollege teachers and students.  The theme of the meeting was Undergraduate Research, which was highlighted in an afternoon symposium featuring several Ashland University faculty members discussing their work with undergraduate students, as well as Dr. Tonia Hsieh of Temple University.
The meeting was keynoted by Dr. J. Patrick Card, a 1972 graduate of Ashland University. Card is professor of Neuroscience and co-director of the Center for Neuroanatomy with Neurotropic Viruses at the University of Pittsburgh. His lecture was titled “Mentorship, A Key to Success in Research, Teaching and Life,” and drew from his personal experience in studying the functional organization of the hypothalamus and central autonomic networks to highlight the importance of mentorship in developing a successful career in academia or industry.
Ashland’s science programs were well-represented at the meeting by numerous student oral and poster presentations of their research in Biology, Chemistry and Geology.
Lynette Vana stands by her poster reporting on the effects of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on rat gene expression in the brain, which was advised by Dr. Mason Posner.
Julie Arko (left) and MaryKate Casper stand by their posters describing research on polymer synthesis with Dr. Perry Corbin.

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