On Thursday, March 21, six graduate students from colleges across the university will discuss their research at the third annual Science Pubs “Lightning Talks.”
Sciences Pubs ODU is a free, casual event where researchers talk about their current work with the community at a local brewery; the “Lightning Talks” are a slightly modified version with graduate students giving a quick, five-minute talk.
- Lily Kunda, graduate student in the Humanities M.A. program in the College of Arts & Letters, graduating in May of this year. Her concentration areas are Media Studies and Cultural studies, specifically black culture, and the way depictions of race in the media create our understanding of black life and marginalization.
- Kristina Harrison, a fourth year Business Administration Ph.D. Candidate at the Strome College of Business specializing in Marketing and International Business. Kristina’s dissertation focuses on immigrant consumer’s acculturation to the U.S. consumer marketplace, specifically in the financial services context.
- Rebecca John is a doctoral candidate in the Darden College of Education & Professional Studies within the Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction. Her research focuses on the experiences of resettled refugee mothers of young children in the US. She will be defending her dissertation later this semester.
- Xavier-Lewis Palmer is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student in the Batten College of Engineering & Technology. He is employing 3D bioprinting technology to study the interaction of normal and breast cancer cells within novel biomimetic 3D microenvironments. Answers from this work will provide additional means of diagnosing, treating, and preventing cancer in the future.
- Molly Long is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Health Services Research program in the College of Sciences. Her areas of research interests include vulnerable population mental health and women’s mental health, specifically perinatal mental health.
- Harmony is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science. She studies coral bleaching, specifically to predict when and where corals will bleach, and whether we can train corals to be stronger.
While short, the talks allow for students to share their research with the community, many of whom may have no knowledge of the subject matter. It also helps prepare the students to discuss their research in a real-world setting, helping to distinguish academic jargon from everyday language.
“For graduate students, Science Pubs is an excellent venue for showcasing their research to the larger community in a convivial environment,” said Robert Wojtowicz, dean of the Graduate School and professor of Art History at ODU. “For audience members, it’s a terrific opportunity to be exposed to cutting-edge topics that might impact their lives. No one walks away from the event without learning something new or useful!”
After all the talks are finished, the students will return for a question-and-answer panel with the audience.
Networking begins at 6 p.m., followed by talks and trivia at 6:30 p.m. at O’Connor Brewing Company, 211 W. 24th Street in Norfolk. The first 20 people to arrive receive a free beverage ticket, and RSVPs are requested.
The last Science Pub of this academic year is scheduled for April 23. Jennifer Fish, professor and chair of the Department of Women’s Studies, will discuss “The Making of Migrants and the Rights of Care” at Bearded Bird in Norfolk. For more information, follow Science Pubs on Facebook and Twitter.