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UMW hosts 10th annual research symposium.

April 11, 2016

The symposium is presented by the UMW biology club and Associated Students of the University of Montana Western.

Professor of Biology Mike Morrow said the biology club received 30 abstracts this year and the symposium will feature 8 talks and 22 posters.

“We have an exciting lineup for our 10th research symposium detailing a diverse cross section of undergraduate research,” Morrow said.

This year’s student research will represent the University of Montana Western departments of biology; environmental sciences; English; mathematics; history, philosophy and social sciences; and health and human performance.

Student presentations will include a variety of topics, including internship experience at Idaho Equine Hospital, the story of Hugh Glass and its reflection of American society’s culture, internship experience as a physician assistant at Kootenai Health, Pascal’s triangle in difference tables and more.

Christina Orrù, Ph.D. of Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont. will deliver the keynote lecture on Friday, April 15 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Orrù’s address is titled “Development of a Diagnostic Test for Human Prion Disease.”

Her talk will discuss the nature of the prion pathogen and the recent progress made within the field for the development of an intra vitam diagnostic test for prion diseases.

Orrù received her master’s degree in microbiology in 2004 from the University of Cagliari in Italy. In 2007 she received her Ph.D. in experimental development of antiviral drugs also from the University of Cagliari.

From 2007 to 2012 Orrù was a post-doctoral fellow at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, National Institutes of Health.

The research symposium begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Appetizers will be provided from 5 to 6 p.m. and there is a reception immediately following the keynote speaker.

The symposium will continue on Saturday, April 16 with a breakfast at 10 a.m., followed by presentations and a lunch at 11 a.m.

The event is scheduled in the Swysgood Technology Center (STC) Great Room on the UMW campus and is free and open to the public.

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