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Creativity, scholarship showcased at 25th annual Research Day
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NATCHITOCHES – A broad range of graduate and undergraduate academic and creative endeavors were showcased Thursday during Northwestern State University’s 25th annual Research Day. Students offered 15-minute oral presentations on their topics followed by brief question and answer sessions. In addition to dozens of concurrent paper sessions, the day included musical presentations, a poster session, awards presentations and a keynote address by Louisiana Poet Laureate and Northwestern State Professor Dr. Julie Kane, who discussed the marriage of creativity with scholarly research.

Presentations represented “the spectrum of fine arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences,” said Dr. Margaret Cochran, Research Day faculty coordinator.

Saul Carcamo of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Christian Marks of Opelousas, two seniors the Louisiana Scholars’ College with concentrations in scientific inquiry, were Student Research Award winners. The awards are sponsored by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and recognize outstanding research, distinguished artistic performance or creative work completed by a student or team of students. Nominations are evaluated on originality, design and methodology, impact on or contribution to the student’s academic field and the potential larger impact of the nominated work.

Carcamo’s research explored a novel mechanism for regulating glycolysis and glutaminolysis during the cell cycle. Marks’ focus is cellular localization of TRPV2 and molecular mechanisms of TRPV2 translocation.

Student artist Annabelle Jones of Natchitoches was recognized for having designed the 2012 Research Day poster and program cover. All currently enrolled students were eligible to enter, regardless of discipline. An internal panel evaluated design entries based on integrity, appropriateness and appeal to the layperson.

Dr. Andrew Crank received the Dr. Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award, which recognizes outstanding research, distinguished artistic performance and/or creative work completed within the last three years. Evaluations are based on scholarly or creative significance, national, regional or local impact, originality and ingenuity of project design and critical recognition by experts in the field. Crank is an assistant professor of American literature and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Language and Communication and book review editor for Southern Studies.

Dr. Karen McFerrin, professor of education technology, received the Dr. Jean D’Amato-Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor that recognizes a senior faculty member whose career has included a significant commitment to research and service to their disciplines. Nominees must have been significant contributions to their fields of study, remained dedicated to a consistent research agenda spanning their careers, including publications, presentations, research grants or other related activities, and have demonstrated a sustained record of service to the discipline.

The Northwestern State Research Committee initiated a new award this year, the Dr. Marietta LeBreton Award, which honors faculty whose research careers have been dedicated to research with a significant connection to Louisiana. Dr. Hiram “Pete” Gregory, professor of anthropology, and Mary Linn Wernet, head archivist and records officer, were the first recipients of this award.

Research Day also provided a forum for the unveiling of a portrait of V.L. Roy who served as president of the institution from 1911-1929. Shayne Creppel painted the portrait last year on the 100th anniversary of Roy becoming president. The portrait will hang in Roy Hall.

Kane’s address, “Poets and Elephants: Creative Writing Meets Research” explained how creativity and scholarly research complement each other. She offered a reading of two of her poems, “A Hobo’s Crown” and “The Ballad of Isabella,” both of which required extensive research. Kane closed by encouraging her audience to do good work, “whether your research is creative, scholarly or both.”

Several undergraduate students who participated in Northwestern State Research Day are scheduled to present their research at the University of Louisiana System Academic Summit to be held Thursday, April 19 on the campus of McNeese State University.

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