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Breadth of Topics Examined at Research Day

Burnout among forensic interviewers. Exploring anti-bullying legislation. Digital storytelling and the great migration. Depression in youth exposed to community violence. The benefits of arts education to at-risk preschool children. These are some of the many topics that faculty and students at West Chester University are investigating. They will present their most recent findings at the University's annual Research Day, Tuesday, March 24.

The free, day-long event begins at 9 a.m. with posters in the social and behavioral disciplines, followed by oral presentations in those subjects at 10:45 a.m. Poster sessions in the humanities and applied sciences begin at 1:30 p.m., and oral presentations at 3:15 p.m. Daytime events take place in Sykes Student Union on West Rosedale Avenue, and lunch is available to all attendees in Sykes Ballrooms from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., with music by the WCU Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Of note is a panel discussion on Latin-American and Latino/a Studies at 4:30 p.m. (Sykes 252), that highlights research into social development in Latin America; dockworkers in Puerto Berrio, Colombia; politics and the Amazon in the early 20th century; practices that advance human rights in Chile and the United States; Latina immigrants and high birth weight.

At 7 p.m., Adri├ín López-Denis examines the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, and how that affects academic exchange. He will explore issues that are central to the current relationship between Cuba and the United States, which also remain crucial to researchers and educators operating in similar transnational contexts across the globe. López-Denis specializes in the history of Latin America at the University of Delaware, focusing on the relationship between medicine and slavery in the Spanish Caribbean. His lecture takes place in the Ware Recital Hall at the Swope Music Building on South High Street.

The event is organized by WCU's Research Consortium, with funding and administrative support from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.