May 7-8: UD Undergraduate Research Program to mark 30th anniversary
Charles Bergquist
Chiara Sabina
Joseph Salvatore


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8:04 a.m., May 3, 2010----The University of Delaware's Undergraduate Research Program invites the UD community to attend its 30th anniversary celebration on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8.

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To RSVP for the event, contact Justine Johnson, co-coordinator for the 30th anniversary, at [] by no later than Wednesday, May 5.

The opening reception on Friday, May 7, beginning at 5 p.m., at the Courtyard Newark at UD, will feature the unveiling of artwork created specifically for the event by Robert Straight, professor of art, and undergraduate student artists.

The events on Saturday, May 8, will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Perkins Student Center with a Senior Thesis Symposium featuring current undergraduate students' research, followed by a luncheon and various alumni panels. The celebration will conclude with a reception in the Rodney Room of the Perkins Student Center.

The keynote speakers include Charles Bergquist, Chiara Sabina, and Joseph Salvatore, three outstanding alumni who were all involved in research apprenticeships through the Undergraduate Research Program while students at UD.

Bergquist, who received his bachelor of science degree in honors chemistry from UD in 1996, is the director and contributing producer of National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. He also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism at New York University, where he teaches the use of multimedia techniques in science reporting. Bergquist has covered topics ranging from cancer genetics to spaceflight. Prior to joining Science Friday, he was one of the first employees of ScienCentral, a television science news production company.

Sabina, the recipient of a bachelor's degree in honors psychology and Spanish studies from UD in 2000, is an assistant professor of social sciences at Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, where she teaches courses on research methods and race, gender, class, and sexual identity diversity. Her research interests include responses to partner violence, socio-structural factors affecting partner violence, and the experience of partner violence among diverse populations such as immigrants, ethnic minorities and sexual minorities.

Salvatore, who received his bachelor's degree in honors history from UD in 1995, is a playwright and director based in Manhattan. He also is the artistic/education director for Learning Stages, an award-winning, nonprofit theater company in southern New Jersey, dedicated to providing artistic opportunities for children and young adults. Salvatore is on the faculty of the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, where he teaches courses in acting, directing, Shakespeare, applied theatre, new play development, and theatre pedagogy.

“We have amazing students and dedicated faculty in our program, talented alumni around the world who are a testament to the program's success, and generous donors who have provided critical support,” said Lynnette Overby, director of UD's Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning. “We look forward to honoring their contributions and invite the University community to join us.”

For additional details, including the preliminary program, visit the Undergraduate Research Program's website.