November 16, 2007

Kennedy Center sets Science Day lineup

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Sir Paul Nurse, Ph.D., left, presented Monday's Discovery Lecture to a packed house in Light Hall. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Kennedy Center sets Science Day lineup

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development will hold its first Science Day on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center, Ballrooms A and B.

Science Day will feature presentations, poster sessions and a panel presentation, titled “Discovery Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration,” from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

At this, three teams of scientists will share what led them to work together across disciplines and how their collaboration has led to significant research findings.

“We hope to model, for fellow scientists and for students, the future scientists, how fruitful collaboration across disciplines can be,” said VKC Director Pat Levitt, Ph.D., who will be a panelist.

“Today, the most exciting areas of discovery are at the interface of disciplines where knowledge is fragmentary and methods may be less well developed.

“Yet this is exactly where the leaps in understanding are most likely to occur,” Levitt said.

Science Day also will feature two sessions of research posters submitted by Kennedy Center researchers and their students, trainees and postdoctoral fellows. Session 1 is from 8:45-10 a.m., and Session 2 is from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Posters in both sessions are organized in three thematic areas: cellular and molecular neuroscience, systems neuroscience and imaging, and clinical and behavioral research.

Prizes will be awarded to poster presenters in each theme area, and there will be drawings for door prizes (must be present to win). Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To attend this free event, register online at by Wednesday, Nov. 21.

For more information, call 322-8240, or go to