Blinding with science

Matt Matteri ’11 presents his research to Provost Bradley Bateman and David Greene, associate professor of geosciences and Matteri’s faculty supervisor in the Summer Scholar Program.

Over the summer, Matt Matteri ’11, a geosciences major, spent three weeks in Utah observing and documenting rock structures in the Northern Confusion Range. He then returned to campus to create a geologic map of the area—the first of its kind—under the guidance of David Greene, associate professor of geosciences. Matteri was one of 86 students who worked on summer research endeavors at Denison and in conjunction with other institutions. He and his fellow scientists presented that research yesterday during the Science Scholars Research Symposium held in Curtis Veggie. There, faculty, staff, and students had the chance to grab lunch and walk around a packed poster session.

Though some of the titles were daunting to those of us who are not all that science-minded (take “Generating Null alleles of PR2, a non-transmembrane tyrosine kinase that binds GTP-Rac” by Lindsey Korbel ’11 as an example), that’s what this poster session is all about: giving the campus community a chance to take a look at the research being conducted by our Summer Scholars, and better, having them translate that research—and its importance to science—to passersby.

For many of these students, though, the work they put in over the last few months doesn’t end with the start of fall semester. Some will continue on, turning their studies into senior research projects or expanding upon them next summer.

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