Dr. Gary L. Wells, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University, will be the keynote speaker Thursday, March 21 at 2 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the campus of Black Hills State University during the 15th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium (BHRS).

Wells, an internationally-recognized scholar, has authored over 175 articles in scientific psychology. His talk, titled “Using Psychological Science to Help the Legal System Deal with the Problem of Mistaken Eyewitness Identification,” comes from his research-based proposals on eyewitness memory and lineup procedures which are being increasingly accepted in law enforcement practices across the U.S. His conclusions about eyewitness identification have received national media attention in such places as Time magazine, CBS’s 48 Hours, the NBC World News Tonight, NBC’s Today Show, and 60 Minutes. Wells has worked with prosecutors and police across the U.S. to reform eyewitness identification procedures.

The BHRS highlights the scholarly works of BHSU faculty and students across disciplines Tuesday, March 19 through Thursday, March 21 on the campus of BHSU.

Poster presentations will be available for viewing all day, Tuesday through Thursday, in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union lobby. Poster judging with a question and answer session will be held Wednesday from 3-5 p.m.

Student oral research presentations will be Thursday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Union Trump Conference Room, followed by a reception at 1:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall. The student awards ceremony and keynote speaker presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the Meier Recital Hall.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information or to request special accommodations, email Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis at Aris.Karag@BHSU.edu or Ann Porter
Ann.Porter@BHSU.edu or visit www.BHSU.edu/ResearchSymposium.