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Young Scientists to Share Discoveries at Duquesne Symposium

What are the young scientific minds of Western Pennsylvania researching?

Find out at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, the largest regional event of this type, which will bring more than 110 undergraduate students from more than 15 institutions to Duquesne University on Friday, July 30.

“The Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium provides the opportunity for young researchers and faculty members to share and discuss outstanding research and findings,” said Dean David Seybert of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. “This type of exchange is invaluable—and necessary—to build a community of next-generation scientists in an event that highlights some of the top emerging research work in the region.”

This year’s annual symposium, sponsored by Duquesne’s Bayer School, will feature a keynote address by Dr. Mark Perlin, a computational forensic scientist who is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cybergenetics Corp.

Perlin will address DNA Identification Science: The Search for Truth at 10 a.m. in Pappert Lecture Hall of the Bayer Learning Center.  He holds a medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, as well as doctoral degrees in computer science and mathematics.

Additionally, students will present their work in lectures and posters, such as:

  • Jessica Rabuck, who  will speak at 11 a.m. about her work with Fragile X Syndrome, the most common inherited form of mental retardation.
  • Naudia Martone, who has looked at two species or forms of chromium, one an essential nutrient and one a carcinogen, in dietary supplements. The work shows that these forms of chromium can be interconverted and must be analyzed correctly to determine accurate concentrations.
  • Jason Hehr, who has researched how changes in DNA lead to differences between species in their anatomy, physiology and behavior, and whether genes that code proteins that regulate reproduction are “turned on” and “turned off” rather than mutating.

Friday’s symposium represents the culmination of an intensive, 10-week research program at Duquesne that draws undergraduates from campus and other universities into high-level research teams.

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