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Research Symposium to Feature Domestic and International Scientists

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Release Date: Feb 23, 2018

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will host its annual Research Symposium.

Alabama State University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (C-STEM) 2018 Annual Research Symposium has received more than 80 abstracts from 29 states and three countries.

The Symposium, which will be held on March 14-15 at the John Garrick Hardy Student Center, invited attendees to give talks or poster presentations about their recent research achievements, ongoing research projects and future research plans. The theme of the symposium is "Toward Excellence in STEM Research."

“We are excited to have received more than 80 abstracts from 29 institutions in 10 states including Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Alabama, and three other countries, i.e. France, Italy, and China,” said Dr. Harvey Hou, Symposium Steering Committee member and professor in ASU’s Department of Physical/Forensic Sciences. “In addition to a large number of presentations from students, there are more than 20 talks given by professors and scientists. These talks cover the recent important scientific progresses and discoveries including energy science, biomedical science, nanotechnology, cancer biology, environmental sciences, and other STEM disciplines.”

Selected Hot Topics presented in the Symposium are listed below.

1. Photosynthesis and Energy Sciences: by Dr. Kevin Redding (Plenary Speaker, Arizona State University), Dr. Barry Bruce (University of Tennessee at Knoxville), Dr. Wei Zhan (Auburn University), Dr. Bridgette Barry (Georgia Institute of Technology), Dr. Gary Hastings (Georgia State University), and Dr. Harvey Hou (ASU).

2. Nanotechnology and Material Sciences: by Dr. Shree Singh (ASU), Dr. Shreekumar Pillai (ASU), Dr. Vida Dennis (ASU), Dr. Sapna Jain (ASU), Dr. Komal Vig (ASU), Dr. Xinyu Zhang (Auburn University), Dr. Mian Jiang (University of Houston Downtown), and Dr. Shanlin Pan (University of Alabama).

3. Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease: Prostate cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer research by Dr. Manoj Mishra (ASU), Dr. Sabita Saldanha, Dr. Shree Singh (ASU), and Dr. Komal Vig (ASU). Cardiovascular disease research by Dr. Qiana Matthews (ASU).

4. Forensic Sciences: by Dr. Xiangying Chen (Jackson Hospital), Dr. Randall Clark (Auburn University), Dr. Phong Ngo (Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences), Dr. Elizabeth Gardner (University of Alabama Birmingham), Dr. Gulnaz Javan (ASU), and Dr. Harvey Hou (ASU).

5. Biomedical Engineering, by Dr. Derrick Dean (Featured Speaker, ASU) and Dr. Komal Vig (ASU).

6. Virus and Zoonotic Disease: by Dr. Robert Villafane (ASU), Dr. Mamie Coats (ASU), Dr. Allen Waffo (ASU) and Dr. Hongzhuan Wu (ASU).

7. Environmental Sciences: by Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy (Huntingdon College), Dr. Joong-Wook Park (Troy University), and Dr. B.K. Robertson (ASU).

8. Health Sciences: by Dr. Bridgette Stasher-Booker (ASU), Dr. Marcia Rossi (ASU), and Dr. Adetoun Komolafe (ASU).

9. Sociology and Archeology: by Dr. Zhongli Tang (Auburn University Montgomery) and Dr. Xutong Niu (Troy University).

10. Mathematics and Computer Sciences: by Dr. Balaram Ghimire (ASU) and Dr. Chunhua Feng (ASU).

The annual Research Symposium is increasingly becoming a regional conference and provides an excellent platform for undergraduate, graduate, and research scholars at Alabama State University as well as other institutions to share their research experience to broader audience. The Symposium will inspire the students in their future STEM endeavors and facilitate the collaborations among the faculty members in their respective fields. One of the most important goals of the Symposium is to celebrate the outstanding quality and diversity of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research during the last one year.

For more information, contact Dr. Harvey Hou at 334-229-5121 or Email:

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