Students From All Over the World to Participate in Poster Day for UAlbany School of Public Health

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 23, 2003) -- The School of Public Health at the University at Albany will present its 12th Annual Student Poster Day (SPD) on Friday, April 25, 2003, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Albany Law School Gymnasium, New Scotland Ave. Students from all over the world, who are enrolled in masters or doctor of public health programs within the school, will present their research data. At the end of the event, seven Excellence in Research and twelve Honorable Mention awards will be presented.

This event, a replica of a professional conference poster session, is offered to students as an invaluable real life scientific opportunity to present their research data, demonstrate and sharpen the communication skills, and learn how to test and defend a scientific hypothesis.

Sixty UAlbany students, representing five academic (Biomedical Sciences; Biometry and Statistics; Epidemiology; Environmental Health & Toxicology; Health Policy, Management & Behavior) and professional education departments will participate in the SPD. Each SPD contestant will be awarded with the certificate of participation. In addition, each poster presentation will be considered for the Excellence in Research and the Honorable Mention awards nominations. Teams of faculty from each respective department will be judging the posters and nominating the best of the best for these awards.

The SPD will continue with the keynote address and awards presentation ceremony, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the David Axelrod Institute Auditorium. Dr. Dale Morse, the director of the Office of Science and Public Health at the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), will be the keynote speaker. He will discuss “Poster Day as Scientific Training: How it Relates to Public Health Preparedness for Emerging Infections, Bioterrorism and Other Significant Events.” His address will be followed by the Awards Ceremony presentation conducted by Dr. Peter Levin, dean of the School of Public Health.

The event is sponsored by the School of Public Health, Health Research Inc. and the Wadsworth Research Center of the NYSDOH.

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