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MSGC to hold student research symposium on April 15

April 11, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Seventy-five Montana college students who conducted research with funding from the Montana Space Grant Consortium this year will present their findings Friday, April 15, at Montana State University.

The student research symposium will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Strand Union Building. Free and open to the public, the symposium will include talks on Montana's Explorer-1 [Prime] satellite, historic climate change at Ennis, tethered blimp technology at Chief Dull Knife College, improving wildlife corridors, and much more. Student researchers come from most of the 19 colleges that are part of the Montana Space Grant Consortium. Those include tribal and community colleges.

In addition to student presentations, the MSGC symposium will include two lectures by visiting speakers. Those are also open to the public. Dava Newman, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss "An Invitation to Explore: Astronauts, Athletes and Engineers in Extreme Environments." Jaime Waydo, a mobility engineer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will speak on "From Montana to Mars: Life at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory."

The symposium schedule is:

8 a.m. - Welcome. Ballroom D of the Strand Union Building.

8:30 a.m. - Parallel Session 1. Presentations on environmental and earth sciences will be given in Ballroom D. Presentations on remote sensing will be given in SUB 233. Physics presentations will be in SUB 235.

9:45 a.m. - Break and poster session.

10:30 a.m. - Parallel session 2. Presentations on biology and chemistry will be held in SUB 233. Ballooning presentations will be in SUB 235. Education and outreach presentations will be in SUB 236.

12:30 to 1:15 p.m. - Lecture on "An Invitation to Explore: Astronauts, Athletes and Engineers in Extreme Environments" by Dava Newman. SUB Ballroom D.

1:30 p.m. - Parallel session 3. Presentations on astronomy will be held in Ballroom D. Computing and aerospace technology presentations will be in SUB 233. Engineering presentations will be given in SUB 235.

2:45 p.m. - Break and Poster session.

3:30 to 4:15 p.m. - Lecture on "From Montana to Mars: Life at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory" by Jaime Waydo. SUB Ballroom D.

4:15 p.m. - Awards.

5 p.m. - Adjourn.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or