Graduate Student Association to host annual interdisciplinary conference

2010 Interdisciplinary ConferenceOn March 27, UGA graduate students spanning many disciplines will present their original research at an on-campus conference sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. The conference, called Health and the Disciplines, covers a wide-range of topics, including categories like trauma, disease, speech, livestock and language, among others.

The disciplinary diversity reflects the conference’s goal to provide an opportunity for many UGA graduate students to present their research.

In a January interview with the Red & Black, Robert Shostak, vice president of the GSA, said, “We want there to be a broad interpretation of the theme, one that can be applied to any type of field. It’s not just for sciences – the more fields the better.”

Graduate student presentations begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 4:45 p.m. on the first floor of the Miller Learning Center.

Dr. Steve Oliver, associate department head of Mathematics and Science Education in the College of Education, will deliver the keynote presentation at 11 a.m. in MLC 102. Dr. Oliver will discuss his recent interdisciplinary research to improve biology education for veterinary medicine students and high school students.

Working with a truly interdisciplinary team, Dr. Oliver helped develop 3-D models and animations to enhance understanding of disease, organ systems and cellular processes. The advanced educational tools illustrate the intricacies of these complex biological functions.

Dr. Oliver has worked with the College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Theater and Film Studies, Faculty of Engineering, and MCG/UGA Medical Partnership Campus in Athens on the 3-D modeling project.

The conference is open to the public at no charge.

For more information and a full list of participating disciplines, visit the conferences web page or Facebook event page.