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Astrophysicist to speak at DSU Research Symposium

March 28, 2017

Dakota State University is hosting their annual Research Symposium day on March 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend the sessions, held at the Habeger Science Center on the DSU campus.

Local researchers will be presenting results of their research, but attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about research from a world-renowned astrophysicist, who is the keynote speaker.

Dr. Edward SeidelDr. Edward Seidel is a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing and relativity and astrophysics. He has worked at several institutions across the globe: he was a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Germany, a senior vice president for research and innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow. He is now the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), located on the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois.

Seidel is also the interim vice president for research at the University of Illinois, with oversight of a portfolio of nearly $1 billion in annual sponsored research, along with overseeing technology commercialization and economic development activities across the university’s three campuses at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield.

Seidel will speak at 1 p.m. in the Habeger Science Center auditorium. At 2 p.m. he will meet with graduate students and faculty in the science center auditorium.

Throughout the symposium, seven faculty and seven students will present their research at a poster session in the Habeger Science Center lobby.

“These faculty and students were awarded grants to support their research in the fall of this academic year,” said Dr. Mark Hawkes, dean of the graduate college at Dakota State University. “The research posters are a summary of their work on their proposals.” The researchers will each give a presentation at noon, in the Habeger Science Center auditorium.