Saint Mary’s will host the second Symposium of Research and Creative Scholarship, showcasing scholarly work of students and faculty alike from a variety of departments, Friday.Laura Williamson Ambrose, department chair of Humanistic Studies and coordinator of the event, said the event was inspired by a colloquium series where Saint Mary’s faculty members could present their research. Last year’s symposium consisted of seniors presenting their work for an hour, with a few panels focused on faculty research spread throughout the day, but Williamson Ambrose said she wanted to expand the symposium’s content to fill an entire day.“This year, what we decided to do was really expand it in scope and in scale,” she said. “We have a full day of events. … We asked for students to submit proposals as well as faculty, and we had a selection process for those proposals and created a series of interdisciplinary panels of a mixture of faculty and students throughout the day.”The symposium will have various conference portions throughout the day featuring students and faculty members from different departments and will conclude with a senior showcase and social hour. Williamson Ambrose said she hopes the event will celebrate all research conducted on campus, especially senior student research.“This kind of work, of course, has always gone on, but we realized that we need to make it more visible,” she said. “To make it more visible to the entire community and to the region, but also take an opportunity to celebrate, particularly for seniors as they prepare for their last month, or really, by that point, just a few weeks left on campus. It’s an opportunity to sort of sit back, congratulate yourself for your work and look and learn at the work of your friends and peers. You may know folks very thoroughly but not know very much about the kind of everyday scholarly interaction they have, particularly if you don’t have them in class or don’t share a major with them.”This celebration and exposure of research is one of the reasons senior psychology major Mara Egeler decided to present her studies on television as a coping mechanism at the Symposium, she said in an email.“I decided to say yes to presenting because it gives me the opportunity to educate others about my research,” Egeler said. “My project can be applied to all college students, not just those in the psychology department. I’m excited to spread my newfound information to a variety of students and faculty.”Similarly, senior music and psychology double major Franny Wall’s desire to share her research on music’s effects on dementia patients inspired her to present at the symposium, she said.“I’ve always heard great things about the symposium, and knowing that I would have a project put together that I was excited about, it greatly impacted my desire to present this year,” Wall said in an email.This symposium is not only a way for members of the community to share their findings, but it is also an opportunity for those not participating in the event to show support for their peers, Egeler said.“Everyone who is presenting at the symposium has put many hours into their projects and feels a great sense of pride about them,” she said. “We are excited to be sharing what we have learned with everyone in the Saint Mary’s community. Going to this symposium will help to show that you support all the research being conducted at Saint Mary’s. You may find new ideas in projects that you would like to further explore in your own research.”Similarly, Williamson Ambrose said she hopes the various presentations will inspire students to learn more about something that interests them or even lead them to a new path that may be seen as completely different from what interests them. She said she purposefully paired seemingly disparate disciplines to showcase the integration of learning Saint Mary’s strives to instill in its students.“There’s an integration in that way that I hope is going to be surfaced during the event itself,” Williamson Ambrose said. “In other words, we have integration that happens implicitly because of the majors and the kind of work the students do or collaborative projects between faculty and students or one another. But then we also have this in-the-moment kind of integration that can happen when sparks fly when you just put two people in a room together with two different ideas and see what happens. That’s what I’m excited to see happen on Friday.”The symposium will take place Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and a schedule of the symposium’s events can be found on the College’s website.Tags: academic research, department of humanistic studies, saint mary’s symposium
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are searching for three suspects who committed an armed home invasion in North Amityville on Wednesday afternoon.Three men broke into an Ephesus Place home, confronted residents inside and flashed a silver handgun shortly after 1 p.m., according to a police spokesman.The trio stole cash, jewelry and electronic equipment before they fled the scene. The victims were not injured.The suspects were described as black men, two of whom were 5-feet, 11-inches tall with muscular builds. The third was described as 5-feet, 6-inches tall and slim.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation. No further details were released.The case is the 13th armed home invasion in Suffolk following a dozen similar cases in a six-week span between the first two months of this year—three of which involved shootings, one fatal.
Dutch pension funds must significantly decrease their estimates for the future returns on AAA government bonds, the Cabinet has decided.Following the recommendations of an advisory committee, the Cabinet agreed to lower the maximum bond-return estimate from 4.5% to 2.5%. Dutch pension funds use these parameters to draw up recovery plans and calculate pension contributions.The committee concluded that the expected returns for AAA government paper should follow the forward curve. “Following current interest levels is not only more realistic but also improves consistency in rating liabilities,” said the committee, which set the maximum estimate for other fixed income investments at 3%.The parameters committee also recommended that the maximum estimates for listed equity, other securities and property remain at 7%, 7.5% and 6%, respectively.However, it said the maximum estimate for commodities should be lowered by 1 percentage point, due to the economic outlook and current commodity markets.Pension funds can continue to use a price inflation estimate of 2%, according to the advisory body, which also suggested the maximum estimate for salary increases should be lowered from 3% to 2.5%.The committee said it expected the changes to reduce estimated coverage ratios at Dutch pension funds.The funding of an average scheme with a current coverage of 105% would be 100% under the current rules, it said.The new parameters are expected to come into force as of 1 January 2015, together with the expected introduction of the new financial assessment framework (FTK).At the moment, the FTK proposals are in the finishing stage.