Student presenter Lydia Hartlaub ’16 is looking forward to being a part of this year’s
conference. “I love the idea of showcasing the research that so many really smart
people do here,” she said.
“It’s going to smell like burning batteries [in CNS and State Farm Hall] because there
is so much brainpower,” she quipped. “It’s going to be fun for me to be among that.”
Research projects range from legalities of the Cuban missile crisis quarantine to
genetic analyses of newly discovered mycobacteriophages to earnings effects of China’s
one-child policy. Hartlaub’s research is a study of international cinema by focusing
on five Latino actors. It is an idea sparked by a course she took last semester on
Latin American media and film. Conducting her research and writing her paper entirely
in Spanish, Hartlaub estimates she has spent about 150 hours on the project this semester.
The conference schedule begins in 9 a.m. with poster presentations in CNS and State Farm Hall. Oral presentations
begin at 10 a.m.
University of Oregon Professor Regina Psaki will present the luncheon keynote address. She is Giustina Family Professor of Italian
Language and Literature in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of
Established in 1990, the research conference provides an opportunity for students
who are pursuing individual research projects to present their work in a public forum.
The conference is named for John Wesley Powell, the explorer, geologist and founder
of the National Geographic Society. He joined Illinois Wesleyan’s faculty in 1865.
A few years later Powell took IWU students on field expeditions in the West, one of
the first expeditions of its kind in American higher education.