Renowned Physicist to Visit SJU Sigma Xi Student Symposium

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

PHILADELPHIA (April 9, 2008) – The Saint Joseph's University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, will host the 19th annual Student Research Symposium on Friday, April 18 at Saint Joseph's University in Campion Student Center. Over 200 undergraduate and graduate students from across the northeast will present their research in poster form in the fields of mathematics, computer science, engineering and the natural and social sciences.

This year's keynote speaker and recipient of the Christopher Clavius, S.J. Award is Jerry Gollub, Ph.D., professor of physics at Haverford College. Gollub will deliver the keynote address, "Stretching and Curving in Fluid Flows: Mixing, Chemical Reactions and Chaos" at 5 p.m., in Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall. A public reception from 6 – 6:30 p.m. follows in the Mandeville Hall Tower Foyer.

Gollub is recognized for his work in nonlinear physics and fluid dynamics. He has been a member of the executive board and chair of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society, and is an invited columnist for Physics Today.

"The quality and amount of his work is incredible," said Piotr Habdas, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and president of Saint Joseph's Sigma Xi chapter. "He is a well-respected leader in the scientific community, and we are thrilled to have him speak."

After the address, visitors are invited to view poster presentations from a number of different scientific fields and engage with students about their research, which Habdas describes as particularly important.

"I believe undergraduate students benefit significantly from conducting and presenting research so early in their careers," said Habdas. "Not only do they learn how to prepare a comprehensive, precise and interesting poster to display their research, but they learn how to present the results of their research to an audience with various scientific backgrounds. Such experience is extremely valuable to young students."

Research posters will be presented in two sessions in several locations in Campion Student Center from 6:45 –8:15 p.m. A buffet dinner is scheduled at 8:30 p.m. in the Crimson and Grey Cafeterias.

The Saint Joseph's University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Office of the Dean, SJU College of Arts and Sciences, the James McGroddy Frontiers in Science Seminar Series, B & B MICROSCOPES, Ltd. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Habdas at or 610-660-1962.

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 Patricia Allen, Associate Director of University Communications, 610-660-3240,

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