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 Dec. 31, 2016. 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 –SC 143, 154
(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.

COOL BIOLOGY! HOW DOES NATURE HANDLE WINTER? – SC 145
(Dr. David McCullough and Dr. Michaeleen Golay)
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- SC 24
(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 isolate and purify DNA from bacteria and use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to confirm the identity and antibiotic resistance of the Staphylococcus isolates.

HOW ENGINEERS HELP THE WORLD – SC 245 and SC 243
(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 – SC 41 and SC 43
(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 MAGNIFICENT (AND FLAWED) NATURE OF HUMAN THOUGHT PROCESSES: EXPLORATIONS IN COGNITIVE AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY – SC 247 and SC 249
(Dr. Andrea Eslick and Dr. Shaheen Munir)

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 theories of child development and connect them to their own lives.

THE UNSUNG HEROES: SAVING LIVES BEHIND THE SCENES – SC 126
(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?

A DAY IN YOUR LIFE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH: THE POISONED PICNIC: AN EPIDEMIOLOGIC INVESTIGATION OF A MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS – SC 104
(Dr. Lori Sheeler)
Everyone had an outstanding time at the Citywide Spring picnic…until later that evening. People began to get sick and were seeking treatment at the local hospital. City officials were alarmed by the rapid onset of this mysterious illness that seem to be associated with the picnic; they promised a full investigation and have selected you to be part of a team of epidemiologists to determine the source of this outbreak. Students will apply their newly acquired knowledge of epidemiology, infectious diseases, and food safety to identify the agent responsible for this mysterious illness. Work quickly… Time is of the essence.

SOLVING A CHEMICAL MYSTERY – SC 238
(Dr. Matthew Zart and Dr. Leilani Zart)
A crime has occurred and you have been called upon to solve the mystery with your chemical prowess. Chemistry is often used to solve problems in a broad range of disciplines including medicine, industry and forensics. In this workshop participants will investigate the crime and use a series of chemical tests in the laboratory to solve the mystery.

THE CHICKEN AND THE EGG – SC 140
(Dr. Mike Bechtel)
Iowa is known for two interwoven industries that support the nation and the world: agriculture and food. Students will study facets of the poultry industry from egg through hatching to processing. They will work with eggs, newly hatched chicks, and adult poultry (Gallus gallus domesticus). This workshop will provide an overview of interconnected themes dealing with genetics, chemistry, physics, zoology, public health, and economics.