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Purchase College To Host Student Science Symposium

Purchase College will host its 32nd annual Natural and Social Sciences Student Symposium this Saturday from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Purchase College will host its 32nd annual Natural and Social Sciences Student Symposium this Saturday from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Photo Credit: Phil Corso

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Science students at Purchase College will showcase the fruits of their research at the 32nd annual Natural and Social Sciences Student Symposium this Saturday.

The symposium will feature 58 presentations by students in the areas of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental studies, mathematics and computer science, psychology, economics, anthropology, political science and sociology.

“This symposium is a Purchase College tradition that celebrates the achievements of our students in the sciences and gives them an opportunity to share their exciting discoveries with the community,” said Ronnie Halperin, associate professor of psychology and chair of the School of Natural and Social Sciences.

“We have nurtured the development of notable achievers in the sciences at Purchase College and many cite the Symposium as a highlight of their undergraduate experience."

The event is free and open to the public. Topics will include: the effect of pitch tracking therapy in autism spectrum disorders, treatments for phobias, the influence of acting experience on deception and emotional expression, the psychology of the aesthetic appraisal of films, an ethnography of bars and suburban life, the effect of internet on independent music scenes, Mexican immigrants within the urban workforce, Lyme disease, mammary tumor cells, greenhouse gas economics and an analysis of campus storm-water runoff.

“Presenting their findings in this open forum offers a valuable experience for the students, and a wealth of intellectual stimulation for the community,” said Halperin.

The symposium will be held in the Purchase College Natural Sciences Building from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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