3240 Fort Road • Toppenish, WA 98948
|March 29, 2018
|David Mance, Media Relations Coordinator, 509-865-0731 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two Accomplished Scientists to Speak at Heritage University
Event Showcasing Student Achievements
Toppenish, Wash. – Two dynamic and accomplished scientists, Dr. Michael Landry, with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave (LIGO) Hanford Observatory and Dr. Rodney Cooper, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture office in Wapato, Wash., will serve as keynote speakers during the Heritage University Gathering of Scholars Symposium on April 3, 2018 at Heritage. The event will showcase scientific research projects by Heritage University undergraduate students and graduate students in the Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (MAMS).
Dr. Landry is a detection lead scientist at LIGO and a physicist with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba in strange quark physics, and his research into gravitational waves began in 2000 when he joined LIGO as a postdoctoral scholar with Caltech. He has worked on many aspects of the LIGO experiment, interferometer commissioning, leading the installation of advanced detectors and data analyses.
Dr. Cooper is an Agriculture Research Service (ARS) scientist with the USDA. The ARS is the USDA’s chief intramural scientific research agency, and Dr. Cooper has mentored many Heritage University students who have earned internships with the USDA office in Wapato.
Twenty-two Heritage students will deliver oral and poster presentations on their research, which cover a wide range of subjects including biology, nursing, computer science and environmental sciences. Also featured will be displays of artwork by Heritage University art students. The Heritage University Gathering of Scholars Symposium will take place April 3, 2018 in the Patricia Wade Temple and Barnhill Fireside Rooms from 8:30 am to 2:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Dr. Pedro Chavarria at (509) 865-0412 or Chavarria_P@heritage.edu.
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