2014 STARS Event

Thursday, September 18, 2014

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Science Center Auditorium, Room 114


STARS is an event sponsored by the Office for Research to showcase exciting advances in research and scholarship at UD, as well as to foster connections and collaboration among faculty, staff and professional researchers.

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Featured Panel Discussion

STARS Panel Discussion: Faith & the Empirical World

Moderated by Brian LaDuca, Director of ArtStreet

This discussion is the concluding event of the daylong 2014 STARS Symposium. The panel is composed of Jack Ling, Executive Director, Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Brad Kallenberg, Professor of Religious Studies, Margaret Pinnell, School of Engineering: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Michelle Hayford, Director of the UD Theatre Program. The discussion will be moderated by Brian LaDuca, Director of ArtStreet and will include ample opportunity for audience interaction and reaction to the panelists comments. A reception with hors d’oeuvres will follow the discussion.

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Keynote Address

"Fostering Innovation to Meet Global Water Needs, Generate Opportunities, and Create Jobs"

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Presented by Melinda Kruyer

Melinda Kruyer is the Executive Director of Confluence, Water Technology Innovation Cluster. In 1991, she founded the Cincinnati firm, Kruyer & Associates, which specializes in integrated marketing, communications, public relations, special events, and consumer promotions. Kruyer has extensive experience in building innovative organizations and an established record of success in engaging stakeholders, influencers, decision-makers and consumers by integrating communications, media, and brand PR across platforms. Clients have included The Procter & Gamble Company, Macy’s, Trident/Cadbury North America, XM Satellite Radio and Blockbuster.

Prior to Kruyer & Associates, Melinda held positions at WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, OH, CBS Sports, New York, N.Y., and on the staff of Congressman Jack Kemp , U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Her community and professional involvement includes Leadership Cincinnati, Class 34, 2011, Cincinnatus Association, Executive Committee, CoreChange, Steering Committee, Downtown Cincinnati Inc., Marketing Committee, and Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation Board of Trustees. She received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Mississippi.

Featured Presentations

“Board Diversity and Firm Value"
Carl R. Chen, Ph.D., Economics and Finance

“Of Local Fisticuffs and Knocked-Out Reputations: The Wider Ring of Florentine Renaissance Art”
Roger Crum, Ph.D., Art and Design

“Development and Evaluation of Alternative Aviation Fuels”
Matthew J. DeWitt, Ph.D., UDRI - Fuels Engineering Group

“Reaching the Bottom in Nanotechnology: Quantum Aspects of Nanoplasmonics.”
Joseph W. Haus, Ph.D., Electro-Optics

“Oh, What a Difference Color Imaging Can Make”
Keigo Hirakawa, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering

“When Abused Employees Remain Silent: Effects of Assertiveness and Fear”
Christian Kiewitz, Ph.D., Management and Marketing

"Insights from the College Sophomore Year Experience: The Power of Student Voice"
Molly Schaller, Ph.D., Counselor Education and Human Services.

“The Lilliputians of Environmental Regulation: On the Front-lines of Environmental Protection”
Michelle Pautz, Ph.D., Political Science

“Alzheimer’s Disease: The Silver Tsunami of the Twenty-First Century”
Amit Singh, Ph.D., Biology

“Sustained Attention: A Human Factors Problem”
Joel S. Warm, Ph.D., UDRI - Human Factors Group

Details and Directions

Reception to follow in Science Center Auditorium Lobby

Directions and Campus Map

(Visitors will need a parking pass. Passes can be obtained from the Visitor's Center next to P lot entering from Stewart street or please Contact Us ahead of time to make arrangements.)