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The Atlanta Beltline and African-American Women’s Health Among Topics Explored During Research Day 2018 Share a Spelman College Press Release

Spelman College

For Immediate Release 
Media Contact: 
Audrey Arthur 
(404)-270-5892 (office) 
Twitter: @SpelmanMedia

2018 Research DayAtlanta (April 19, 2018) – Months of engaging in group and faculty-led research projects will culminate for more than 212 Spelman College students on April 20 at Research Day 2018, "Inquire, Discover, Imagine, Explore, Create." The students, representing 25 academic disciplines, will present oral and poster presentations, and performance pieces during the daylong event established 29 years ago. Research Day demonstrates the College’s commitment to inquiry-based, integrated learning.

This year, student researchers examined an array of case studies and topics ranging from the Atlanta Beltline project, and African-American women’s health, to an assessment of land use and potential flood risk in metropolitan Atlanta. For the first time, the public will be able to view student abstracts online.

Organizers say Research Day has broadened its interest among the public and academia. "Every year, more outside guests join us,” said Claudia W. Scholz, Ph.D., associate provost for research and an organizer of the event. “This year, we'll have visitors from Genentech, an event sponsor, and Emory School of Nursing.  Several graduate programs will also be on hand, including Northwestern and Stanford."

Students and faculty advisors will be recognized during Research Day’s closing ceremony. Remarks will be given by Provost Sharon Davies, J.D., and a Genentech representative, followed by a panel discussion about the arts and sciences moderated by President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

"I'm truly grateful to the staff and faculty who move heaven and earth to organize an event that truly replicates the professional conference experience,” said Dr. Scholz.  “Most of this labor is invisible to students and guests, but it takes the work of dozens of volunteers to make Research Day so successful each year."

Research Day is co-chaired by A. Nayena Blankson, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, and Marionette Holmes, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Economics and associate professor of economics.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Research Day.

The keynote speaker will be Marla F. Frederick, Ph.D., professor of African and African American Studies and of Religion and director of graduate studies at Harvard University. The opening and keynote address will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center (Building 19c) first floor - NASA Auditorium.

Friday, April 20, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The closing ceremony and panel discussion are from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, EdD Academic Center - first Floor - Auditorium.

Spelman College
GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA 30310

Research Day will be held at various locations across campus.

Spelman College students and faculty will be available for on-site interviews. To confirm media attendance, email or call 404-270-5892.

Follow the events of the day at #SpelmanResearchDay.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 61 among all liberal arts colleges and No. 1 among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and author Pearl Cleage. For more information, visit


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