CEDAR VALLEY SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

CVSS is a one-day workshop designed to give science-, math-oriented high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to pursue, in depth, specific areas in contemporary science, engineering, and psychology. Each workshop, led by Wartburg College faculty or a team of clinical laboratory scientists from ASCLS-IA, consists of 6-12 students and the instructor. The structure is informal and encourages close interpersonal contacts. Each student participates in only one workshop. Interaction with other students and professors exposes the student to activities of other members of the Symposium. It is hoped that student participants will share their experiences and newly gained knowledge with their high school teachers and other students after the Symposium, and that they will feel free to interact further with CVSS professors and other student participants at a later date.

CVSS participants may stay Saturday night in the residence halls with Wartburg science and math students. Some high school seniors may wish to consider competing in the Wartburg College Regents and Presidential Scholarship Programs, one of which is being held the day after the symposium. Click here more information about this program.

All CVSS application materials must be received no later than Jan. 13, 2017. These include:

  1. Completed application, available only online from this website below.
  2. Official high school transcript showing grade point average, class rank, and ACT/SAT scores. Notification of acceptance to participate will be e-mailed or mailed by Jan. 13.

For more information:
J. Keith McClung
Phone: 319 352 8554
Email: keith.mcclung@wartburg.edu

Admissions Office
319-352-8264 or 1-800-772-2085
E-mail: admissions@wartburg.edu

CVSS Students

$6,000 CVSS Honor Scholarships

All high school seniors participating in the Symposium are eligible for the scholarships. Wartburg faculty members select the award winners based upon the following criteria:

  1. Evidence of outstanding scholarship in the sciences and mathematics (grade point average, class rank, and ACT or SAT scores);
  2. Participation in the Symposium, including a writing sample.

Applicants will be notified of the award within six weeks following the Symposium. Students interested in careers in health professions, science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, and psychology are encouraged to apply. Wartburg College will award CVSS Honor Scholarships up to $1,500 per year for a total up to $6,000 while the recipient is enrolled at Wartburg. The Honor Scholarship students must take one introductory science/math course during the first year, and a grade point average of 3.00 is required for renewal of all honor scholarships at Wartburg College.

Workshops

BRAINS AND BEHAVIOR: AN INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE  (Dr. Samantha Larimer Bousquet and Dr. Doug Brusich)
The field of neuroscience asks questions at multiple different levels.  In this workshop students will examine brain anatomy both at the systems level (dissecting a sheep brain) and at a tissue/cellular level (staining and mounting rodent brain slices).  Functions of the nervous system will be investigated using physiological measures in humans and behavioral experiments with fruit flies.

CSI-CVSS  (Dr. Michael Bechtel and Dr. Johanna Foster)
A person has been found dead in Waverly but what was the cause of death?  Was the person murdered?  Be the sleuth and figure it out.  All participants will view the death scene, collect information, and then use the Biology Department’s equipment and greenhouse to analyze the data.  Students will have to identify organisms and other materials found at the crime scene, research their potential influence on the outcome, and present their findings to the rest of the group.

HOW ENGINEERS HELP THE WORLD (Dr. LeAnn Faidley)
Engineers put knowledge of math and science to use in the creation of products and processes that solve the world’s problems.  In this workshop students will learn about a variety of engineering disciplines as they work with a team to design devices to perform specific tasks.

MR. JOHNSON’S WORKOUT (Dr. Ed Westen)
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approaches are becoming increasingly prevalent in medical education.  This workshop will present an example of a medical school PBL entitled “Mr. Johnson’s Workout.”  Participants will be presented with a patient’s history and physical exam results.  From there, they will use available resources, each other, and a continuing interaction with the group leader to diagnose the patient’s illness.  Participation in this workshop will provide an appreciation for the problem-solving endeavor that is medicine as well as give students their first experience with PBL.

THE UNSUNG HEROES: SAVING LIVES BEHIND THE SCENES.  (Theresa R. Fruehling, MA, MLS (ASCP)CM; Mona Parekh, MHA, MLS (ASCP)CM; Cristin Lantz, MLS (ASCP); Amy Frank, MLS (ASCP) and Janet Whitney, MLS (ASCP) )
This workshop takes you behind the scenes in healthcare, research, and sounding the alarm in cases of bioterrorism.  Did you know 70-80% of every diagnosis comes from the laboratory?  When communities were threatened with anthrax attacks, the laboratory made the call as to whether or not it was truly anthrax.  Have you ever known someone diagnosed with cancer?  We touch thousands of lives every day, but no one sees us or knows what happens after their blood is collected.  Here is your opportunity.  The question is, are you ready or not?

COOL BIOLOGY! HOW DOES NATURE HANDLE WINTER? (Dr. David McCullough and Dr. Eric Merten)
Winter in temperate and polar regions tends to be rough on the inhabitants. How do organisms handle this climatic extreme? This and other questions will be examined in an investigative fashion in both the laboratory and the field. Dress warmly and come prepared to learn about what survives in the icy and snowy conditions of the Iowa landscape.

DETECTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE ORGANISMS BY MOLECULAR METHODS (Dr. Roy M. Ventullo and Dr. Stephanie Toering Peters) 
The sensitivity and specificity associated with the use of molecular assays has greatly improved the field of infectious disease detection by providing clinicians with results that are both accurate and rapidly obtained.  Participants will use Biolog’s latest generation redox chemistry (96 biochemical reactions in a single plate format) and the Biolog Microbial ID system to identify species of Staphylococcus bacteria. Participants will isolate and purify DNA from the same cells and use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to confirm the identity as well as antibiotic resistance of the Staphylococcus isolates.

KEEPING TIME WITH A CHEMICAL CLOCK (Dr. Denis Drolet and Dr. Matt Zart)
Clock reactions are among the most dramatic and visually pleasing chemical reactions. In these reactions, two or more clear, colorless solutions are mixed, the mixture remains colorless for a short time, and then suddenly turns a color. Participants will create their own chemical clocks, examine the chemical processes that occur during the clock reactions, and determine additional factors that affect the rates at which clock reactions proceed.

THE MAGNIFICENT (AND FLAWED) NATURE OF HUMAN THOUGHT PROCESSES: EXPLORATIONS IN COGNITIVE AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (Dr. Cynthia Bane and Dr. Andrea Eslick)
Psychology explores the connection between human behavior and mental processes. Activities and discussions will show students how to stretch their own capacity for learning and how to avoid flaws in memory. Through interactive demonstrations, students will also learn about the thought processes that occur when forming impressions of others and when thinking about themselves.