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2011 Spring Symposium Schedule

Chemistry — March 24-25. Student oral sessions, ISAT 259; poster sessions, Phys/Chem 3348; keynote address, ISAT 159. More details.

Foreign Languages — April 7-8. "Pride, Envy, Greed: From Cain to Present" Conference, all day, various campus locations. Faculty, students and independent scholars and researchers from a variety of disciplines convene to address the consequences that pride, envy and greed have had on humanity since the beginning of time. Sponsored by the department of foreign languages, literatures and cultures in collaboration with the departments of English, history, justice studies, philosophy and religion, political science, and sociology and anthropology; schools of art and art history, and music; and College of Arts and Letters. For more information, check the conference website; free.

Conflict Transformation International Undergraduate Research Conference — April 7-8.Presentations in person and by live internet video-conferencing. In Transitions, Warren Hall. Following the keynote presentation, the panels will follow class times both days, beginning at 11.00 am on Thursday and at 10.10 on Friday. Attendance stamps will be issued for students attending for credit. Full conference schedule.

Celebrating all things SMAD — April 7-9. SMAD Day 2011 actually starts the night before at the School of Media Arts and Design spring banquet. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and donors gather to celebrate academic achievement, awards and scholarship announcements. SMAD Day includes career sessions, resume reviews, interviewing tips and a jobs and internship mixer led by SMAD alumni and other working professionals. SMAD website.

Social Sciences and Humanities — April 9. MadRUSH 2011 Research Conference, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., various rooms, Taylor Hall: The Madison Research by Undergraduates in the Social Sciences and Humanities Conference draws students from 19 colleges and universities in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Georgia and Louisiana, including many from JMU, to present outstanding examples of undergraduate research; Matthew Wasniewski, historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from JMU in 1991 and 1994, is the keynote speaker on the topic, "Humanities in the House: Liberal Arts and Practicing Public History," at 9:30 a.m. in Room 405, Taylor Hall; sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts; free.

Nursing —  April 12. Pi Mu Honor Society Professional Development Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dr. Jeanette Lancaster, former dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, will speak about "Seize the initiative — to be an innovator." Lancaster, a professor at the U.Va. Medical Center, has served as a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong School of Nursing and as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Along with her colleague, Dr. Marcia Stanhope, Lancaster has published seven editions of Public Health Nursing and three editions of Foundations of Nursing in the Community.

Biology — April 15. Students may present either a short oral presentation or a poster. In addition, there is a speaker invited to give a lecture.

Integrated Science & Technology — April 15. Senior Capstone Symposium, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., ISAT/CS Building and Health and Human Services Building: Seniors in the integrated science and technology, information analysis and geographic science programs present their senior capstone projects; this event gives seniors a venue in which they can display their talents and show what they’ve learned as well as proposing solutions to real-world problems in business, industry and society at large; some of the types of projects include design and creation of websites, technology-based business plans that address issues in areas such as energy, the environment, biotechnology, engineering and manufacturing, health and national security intelligence; for more information, call Fasha Strange at (540) 568-2790 or e-mail at

Psychology — April 18, 2-4 p.m., first floor Miller hallways. We have a psychology symposium/poster session that involves our senior thesis students and other students in our field placement program and lab research.

JMU Sustainable Business Plan Competition FInals— April 20. The judges (business leaders and entrepreneurs) have narrowed the field, and the entrants have honed their presentations. It's all on the line April 20 when competitors drawn from JMU professors, staff, students and alumni as well as the local community vie for the funds to start their winning business venture. More information.

Geology & Environmental Sciences — Geology and Environmental Science students will present their research on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Memorial Hall, room 6125. 

Updated: April 24, 2011