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Professors and students from various disciplines will display research at the Black Hills Research Symposium

Scholars, students and teachers from various disciplines will be displaying their research at the Black Hills Research Symposium Wednesday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union at Black Hills State University.

The symposium will feature research that builds on the past by integrating new technology and theories that move across the curriculum from the natural and social sciences to the arts and humanities to business and education.

The BH Symposium will include 30-minute presentations as well as poster displays. The symposium is open to the public at no charge.

Presentations begin at 10:30 a.m. Two presentations are given at the same time in different rooms in the multi-purpose area. The presenters and topics are as follow:

10:30 a.m.

  • Dr Randall Royer, “Sound Pressure Levels in Secondary Public School Band Rooms,” Room A
  • Dr. Len Austin and student Brooke Aker, “Recent Research on Shyness (at home and abroad),” Room B

11 a.m.

  • Dr. Rena Faye Norby, “The investigation of Role Modeling for Science Career Choices in South Dakota Reservation Schools,” Room A
  • Scott Howard, “Ideas, Meaning and Communication: Continuity and Change Since the 17th Century,” Room B

11:30 a.m.

  • Dr. Andy Johnson, “You Take the Plane, We'll Take the Bus, and We'll All Meet When We Get There,” Room A
  • Dr. Brian Smith and student Ryan Baum, “Estimation of Lizard Abundance on Small Islands in the Caribbean,” Room B

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1 p.m.

  • Donald Altmyer, “Using an Online Stock Market Simulation as a Cross Discipline Learning Enhancer,” Room A
  • Dr. Roger Ochse, “Digital Shakespeare: The Process from Planning to Performance,” Room B

1:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Steve Anderson and student Brandi Wood, “Floods of Duds? Determining the rate of lava emplacement from surface morphology,” Room B

2 p.m.

  • Poster session and reception

Poster presenters are

  • Kristie Martin, “Analysis of Stable Carbon Isotope Ratios from Fossil Celtis Fruits”
  • Elaine Ebbert, “Results from a Two-Year Survey of Fungi and Lichens in the Black Hills of South Dakota”
  • Dr. Michael Zehfus, and students Rebecca Nutter, Faraz Farrokhi, Kelly Stock and Mike Barnes, “Measuring Thiamine Levels in Lake Oahe Salmon”
  • Dr. Jim Hesson and Dr. Betsy Silva, “Effect of Altitude Training on Serum Creatine Kinase Activity and Serum Cortisol Concentration in Triathletes”
  • Dr. Charles Lamb and student Nathan Steinle, “Comparative Vagal Lobe Structure in Catostomid Fishes” and
  • Dr. Nancy O'Neill, “AIDS Workplace Policy Adoption and Implementation in Local Government: An Analysis of Departmental Variation.”