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FVSU to Hold Third Annual Research Day Conference
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FVSU to Hold Third Annual Research Day Conference


Throughout human history, the world‘s most explosive scientific, technological and social innovations were spurred by the tenacious determination of courageous, curious researchers willing to stretch the boundaries of established knowledge.  

On Thursday, April 11, Fort Valley State University’s top, trailblazing researchers will continue testing the frontiers of scholarship during the third annual Research Day Conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the C.W. Pettigrew Center. This exciting, cross-disciplinary event will highlight the latest scholarship from the university’s brightest student scholars and faculty.

Dr. Cheryl Swanier, FVSU’s Research Day committee chair, says the event will showcase the life-changing research being at the university.

“We believe that FVSU is a global institution of academic excellence,” said Swanier. “I’m excited about Research Day because this gives us another opportunity to showcase the research of faculty and students at FVSU, as well as to encourage global collaborations and that have a significant impact. So, it’s so important that we continue to share the accomplishments of both students and faculty. In addition, this event lets’ the community know that our university is not just about teaching, but research.”

Dr. Ian Toppin, FVSU’s director of faculty development, who initiated the first Research Day conference in 2011, said the event was established to help to foster and encourage critical thinking on campus.  According to the administrator, the first event was a surprising success with faculty and students, and has continued to flourish.

Jasmine Bowers, an FVSU computer science senior, explained that scholarship events like Research Day are powerful because they prepare students for professional roles after college.

Two keynote speakers will headline this year’s annual conference. Dr. Cheryl Seals, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Auburn University and Dr. Franklin West, a stem cell biologist and assistant professor at the University of Georgia.

In conjunction with Research Day, the university’s Joseph Adkins Players will perform “Ti-Jean and His Brothers” Monday and Tuesday, April 8 and 9. Dr. Maisha Akbar, an FVSU assistant professor of speech, will produce the allegorical play, by Caribbean Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott. The 1958 morality play is based on dreamer Ti-Jean, and his two brothers, who must find innovative ways to overcome evil and confront the dangers of colonization. The event is free for students, and $5 for the public.

A panelist discussion entitled, “Black Drama: Adaption and Critical Studies,” will follow immediately after the play. For more information on Research Day, contact Swanier, (478) 825-6733. For information on the play, contact Akbar, (478) 825-6989.

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